CLAS – Honors Preceptor of Philosophy (Assistant Professor) (id:46057)

The University of Maine Honors College and the Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences seek a dynamic, innovative scholar and teacher for a joint position between Honors and the Department of Philosophy at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track). The CLAS-Honors Preceptor of Philosophy is an academic-year position, anticipated to start September 1, 2018.

Area of specialization is in comparative philosophy, broadly construed. Desired areas of specialization include Eastern Philosophy, Islamic and Arabic Philosophy, African/Africana Philosophy, Latinx Philosophy, Native American Philosophy. Area of concentration is history of philosophy. Competence in teaching philosophy of religion is desirable. Preference may be given to candidates with an interest in publicly engaged philosophy.


Teaching, research and service responsibilities are divided evenly between the Department of Philosophy and the Honors College.

In Philosophy, duties include teaching first-year philosophy courses and upper-level courses in non-western philosophy. In Honors, responsibilities include teaching in the first- and second-year core Honors sequence, topical lectures, and upper-level tutorials in the applicant’s area of interest.

In addition, the faculty member is expected to develop a program of research, mentor students, and engage them in collaborative work.

Other duties include advising Philosophy and Honors students, supervision of undergraduate student research and Honors theses, and appropriate university service.


Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy required by date of hire
  • Research specialization in comparative philosophy
  • Teaching competence in history of philosophy
  • Demonstrated ability to teach courses successfully at the undergraduate level
  • Evidence of ability (e.g., peer-reviewed publications) to develop and pursue a research agenda in the candidate’s area of expertise.
  • Interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Area of specialization in one or more of the following: Eastern Philosophy, Islamic and Arabic Philosophy, African/Africana Philosophy, Latinx Philosophy, Native American Philosophy
  • Interest in public/engaged philosophy and work in Honors
  • Teaching competence in philosophy of religion
  • Ability to contribute to scholarship in Honors education

Housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy ( has 40 undergraduate majors. The Department offers the B.A. degree in Philosophy, and minors in Philosophy and in Ethics and Social Philosophy.

The Honors College ( is home to more than 850 students who undertake a curriculum that enhances both the breadth and depth of their education. For more than 80 years, the Honors College has provided academic opportunities to motivated, intellectually curious undergraduates. These students begin their college careers with a four-semester interdisciplinary core sequence taught in small seminar classes and conclude with a required two-semester senior thesis mentored by a scholar in their field.

Located in central Maine, the University of Maine, Orono is the flagship campus of the University of Maine system. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools in neighborhoods where children can walk to school, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor/Orono area a wonderful place to live. The University of Maine is just 60 miles from the Bar Harbor area and Acadia National Park and 2 hours from Portland.

Appropriate background checks are required.

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A complete application consists of (1) an application letter describing the applicant’s experience and interests with respect to the required and preferred qualifications for the position, (2) updated CV, (3) updated unofficial transcripts (official transcripts may be requested at a later date), (4) a sample of scholarly work, (5) summary of course evaluations, (6) sample syllabi, (7) letters from three professional references. Candidate-submitted materials must be submitted via “Apply For Position” below; letters of reference should be sent by referees directly to with candidate’s name in the subject line. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. For questions about the position, contact Mimi Killinger, Search Committee Chair,

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