Assistant Professor of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy and Religion at Coe College seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the level of assistant professor. 

This position is part of the Mellon Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate.  Candidates from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education are especially encouraged to apply. 
The successful candidate will be able to contribute not just to the philosophy curriculum at Coe College but also to one or more of our various interdisciplinary programs in Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, African American Studies, International Studies, or Social and Criminal Justice.  The teaching load in the first two years of appointment are 1-2 or 2-1.  After that the teaching load reverts to the normal Coe College teaching load of 3-3 (three courses per semester). 


  • Ph.D. in philosophy by start date (August 2020) with a specialization (AOS) in either Applied Ethics (esp. Bio-medical Ethics or Environmental Ethics) or Ethical Theory or Philosophy of Gender and Race. 
  • Exhibit interest in and competency to teach at least two of the following courses: Bio-medical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Gender and Race, Global Justice or Philosophy of Criminal Justice.
  • Successful completion of a background check in accordance with Coe College policy.

To Apply:
To learn more about the position and to apply, please visit Interested applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Statement of plans for future research/scholarship
  • Statement of how the candidate fits the criteria of the ACM/CIC Mellon Faculty Fellows Program

Regarding the latter, it is to be noted that: 

The Mellon Faculty Fellowships are open to all qualified candidates, while also encouraging applications from individuals from underrepresented groups in the professoriate, including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, first generation college students, individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college due to exceptional talent and motivation in the face of adversity, such as societal, economic or academic disadvantages, and individuals with a demonstrated commitment to applying and including diverse backgrounds and perspectives to learning, scholarship, service, and leadership in the academy.

Applications and all supporting materials are due by November 15, 2019.

Coe is committed to fostering a multicultural environment and encourages applications from individuals who will help fulfill that goal. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and diverse perspectives and aim to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Coe College is an equal opportunity employer. For more information about Coe College, our commitment to a multicultural educational environment, and requirements for employment click here.

Coe College, a highly selective private liberal arts college, offers superior academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. With 1,400 students, Coe's attractive campus is located in the heart of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a vibrant metropolitan area of 267,000 residents in Iowa's Creative Corridor, providing a wide variety of cultural and recreational opportunities.