Visiting Professor of Philosophy
Duke Kunshan University (DKU) invites applications for the position of Visiting Professor of Philosophy, beginning in the 2022-23 academic year. The area of specialization is open, but the successful candidate will be able to teach, in addition courses that reflect their expertise, “Ethics, Citizenship, and the Examined Life,” a course within DKU’s core curriculum. We welcome candidates at any rank, including Visiting Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor. Mid-career and senior faculty seeking sabbatical appointments are encouraged especially to apply. The successful candidate will obtain a non-renewable appointment of between one and three years, and will be expected to teach between 4 and 5 courses per year. The length of the appointment will depend on the candidate’s qualifications and in the case of sabbatical appointments, the candidate’s professional obligations to a home institution. In general, candidates are encouraged to identify what other courses they might teach within DKU's interdisciplinary curriculum.
As an international intellectual community that encourages diversity, openness and creative learning, DKU welcomes outstanding faculty from around the world who contribute diverse perspectives and experiences to a global learning and research environment. DKU particularly welcomes applications from underrepresented groups and minorities.
In order to meet Chinese visa requirements, prior to the position start date international (non-Chinese) candidates must have worked full-time (work experience obtained while studying full-time is not considered as full-time work experience) for at least two years in a relevant area (including post-doctoral work) after receiving their Bachelor’s degree, or begin their appointment at DKU within 12 months of obtaining their master’s degree/Ph.D. and without having work experience between graduation date on master’s degree diploma/Ph.D. diploma and position start date.
DKU is a collaborative partnership of Duke University, Wuhan University and the Municipality of Kunshan, China (https://dukekunshan.edu.cn/). Our campus provides an innovative and robustly interdisciplinary undergraduate liberal arts experience to a student body that will number 2000 students and 150+ faculty, with an acceptance rate of <8% and a student body represented by over 60 countries. We also offer a discrete number of Master’s level graduate programs. The DKU pedagogical model draws on the best of Duke’s educational experience and resources to reimagine undergraduate instruction in an intimate campus setting.
Similar to the best liberal arts colleges in the United States, DKU values dedication to teaching excellence in a liberal arts environment, as well as a strong commitment to successful scholarly engagement and research. This includes research with undergraduate students. As a whole, the Duke Kunshan faculty will have strong commitments to teaching and research, and outstanding quality in both areas will be highly valued.
Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in a relevant field. Evidence of excellent teaching or teaching promise is required, and experience working in an interdisciplinary setting is desirable. While DKU is dedicated to providing a residential learning experience consistent with the best liberal arts colleges, if current travel restrictions persist, candidates may be able work remotely until they are able to obtain a visa and enter China. Applicants should provide a cover letter including a clear statement of the candidate’s specific interest in DKU, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, and three reference letters. All materials should be submitted through Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/19716. The search committee also invites and encourages letters of nomination for potential candidates. Nominations and questions about the positions may be sent to email@example.com using “Philosophy-VP Search” as the subject line. Priority will be given to applications received by November 15, 2021; we will accept applications until the positions are filled.
The DKU campus is 37 miles west of Shanghai in Kunshan, and is connected to Shanghai via an 18-minute high-speed train and a subway-light rail train system. DKU provides internationally competitive compensation, housing allowance, child education benefits (for applicable faculty positions), and a discretionary fund or start-up package.