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Department of Philosophy


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Overall, philosophy is an excellent part of any student's general University Education. Courses in philosophy can be taken towards several degrees; and virtually all programs of study at SDSU can be enriched by the inclusion of one or more of our courses. Masters programs are offered for students who wish to go on to do graduate study in Philosophy.

Open Positions

Ethics/Applied Ethics

Assistant Professor:  Ethics/Applied Ethics
VPAA 2015-2016-37

The Department of Philosophy at San Diego State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Ethics/Applied Ethics. Candidates must have a PhD in Philosophy by start of appointment and demonstrated outstanding research potential in ethics and applied ethics, broadly construed, with the ability to collaborate across disciplines and to contribute to the curricular and scholarly development among different areas of applied ethics: specifically, environmental ethics, biomedical ethics, global ethics, and critical race, feminist, postcolonial, or queer theory. We are especially interested in candidates with an intersectional approach to philosophy who can make linkages between philosophy and other academic areas, including ecology, science and environmental philosophy, or sustainability and society. Demonstrated excellence in teaching and scholarship is required. The candidate must be committed to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in ethics and applied ethics, and will develop complementary curricula with colleagues in the following existing programs: Environmental Science, Biology, Sustainability, or Public Health.

Anticipated start date for the position is Fall 2015. Applicants should send i) letter of application describing research and teaching interests, ii) curriculum vitae including publications, presentations, and research summary, iii) official transcripts of graduate study, and iv) three letters of recommendation to: Applications received by October 31, 2014, will receive full consideration; the position will remain open until filled.

The Department of Philosophy at San Diego State University has strengths in ancient philosophy, logic, modern philosophy, ethics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, Continental philosophy, and Asian philosophies. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

For additional information see or contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Thomas Weston (

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.