Teaching Assistant Professor Position in the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics and Society

23 Mar 2023
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Teaching Assistant Professor Position in the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics and Society

Requisition Number: 46348
Location: Boulder Colorado
Employment Type: Faculty
Schedule: Full Time
Posting Close Date: 09-Mar-2023
Date Posted:

Job Summary

The Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics and Society in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a full-time, 9-month Instructor position in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences. The University of Colorado Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars work and learners situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—CU Boulder has a proud tradition of academic excellence. The typical teaching load in the Herbst Program is six seminar courses per academic year.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Founded in 1989, the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics and Society offers interdisciplinary seminars to CEAS undergraduates in foundational works of literature and philosophy, as well as the arts and social sciences. Text-based seminars are the heart of the program, which offers over 40 sections annually. Supported by an endowment, the majority of Herbst courses are limited to 12-14 students. Herbst faculty help students to develop critical thinking and communication skills, as they wrestle with fundamental questions about the human condition in its various contexts. Additional special topics courses draw on the expertise of Herbst faculty and serve specific needs in the CEAS curriculum. The faculty are the program’s greatest asset: earning multiple teaching awards and distinctions; launching the Engineering Honors Program and the Global Engineering Residential Academic Program; bringing new vision to the Engineering Leadership Program; developing and leading study abroad courses in Xi’an, Rome, Vienna, Florence and Madrid; supporting international students at CU with ESL/ELL seminars; and fostering a vibrant and supportive intellectual community.

For more information about the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics, and Society, please visit: https://www.colorado.edu/herbst/

For more information about the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, please visit: http://www.colorado.edu/engineering/

The University of Colorado conducts background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment.

The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ada@colorado.edu.

The College of Engineering and Applied Science at The University of Colorado Boulder is supportive of the needs of dual-career couples.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Our program remains committed to the great books tradition in the broad sense of the term. By exploring the human condition through close readings of world literature, philosophy, and other humanistic texts, its faculty aim to develop a life-long love of the humanities and a commitment to ethical engineering practices in their CEAS students. The ideal candidate, therefore, will embrace the opportunity to teach beyond their field, adapting multiple humanistic disciplines to the task of engaging a diverse body of STEM students. This non-tenure-track appointment (90% teaching and 10% service) will have a three-year renewable contract (nine months per year). The successful candidate will teach six undergraduate discussion seminars per academic year, beginning in Fall 2023. Opportunities to teach courses over the summer session are available on an as needed basis.

What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Doctorate (or international equivalent) within the Humanities or Social Sciences.
  • Three years’ teaching experience at the college level.
  • Excellence in leading undergraduate discussion seminars.
  • Commitment to teaching core texts through discussion and writing.
  • Commitment to teaching multiple perspectives and viewpoint diversity.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit a single PDF containing the following materials:
  • Cover Letter: Letter of application specifying your qualifications for teaching in the Herbst Program.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Writing sample (e.g., article, chapter from dissertation or book).
  • Statement of contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A 2-page description of how you plan to contribute to CU’s efforts to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive university (for guidance in writing this statement, see https://www.colorado.edu/engineering/support-faculty-applicants).
  • Answers to the following prompts, with no more than 400 words per answer:
    • Describe one of your best teaching experiences. What made it so good?
    • What are your main objectives in the classroom, and what techniques do you use to achieve these?
  • Other evidence of excellence in teaching, including:
    • Recent course evaluations.
    • Recent syllabi—no more than two.
  • Please include a minimum of three references for this position. These individuals will be contacted and asked to submit a letter of recommendation at a later time. This information will be kept confidential.

For full consideration, please apply by March 9, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs for job requisition number: 46348.

Contact: Lori Walker, Herbst Program Coordinator, at herbst@colorado.edu or 303-492-4777.

To apply, visit https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/Teaching-Assistant-Professor-Position-in-the-Herbst-Program-for-Engineering-Ethics-and-Society/46348

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