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The Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy and Religion at South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, is seeking a 9-month, term Instructor of Philosophy to begin on August 22, 2016. SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations.


The classes to be taught are primarily Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, and Ethics of Informatics. The teaching load for an instructor in the department is 5–5 course load for the academic year with no expectation of service or research. Ability to teach these courses online and in a classroom format is a must and PhD should be completed by the time of appointment. Provide evidence of teaching effectiveness. Candidates should also have effective communication and interpersonal skills.



  • PhD in Philosophy, or ABD with anticipated completion by August 22, 2016.
  • Experience teaching Introduction to Philosophy and Introduction to Ethics.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.



  • Demonstrated ability to apply philosophy to health, science, or technology.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness and dynamism.



Commensurate with qualifications.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by

March 23, 2016.



SDSU accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit:, search for the position by title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; curriculum vitae; and reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 or if you require assistance with the electronic application process.


SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Any offer of employment is contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.


For questions on the position, contact Dr. James Murphy, Search Chair at or (605) 688-4311.

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