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Applicants must apply and submit materials to (  Include the following as one PDF document:

1) A cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for teaching the course

2) A resume or curriculum vita

3) Previous teaching evaluations, as applicable

4) Names, contact information, and affiliation for up to three references

Job Summary

This is a one-time Lecturer I position due to an unforeseen circumstance rendering the previously-identified instructor unavailable to teach this course in Summer 2017. This teaching assignment will not lead to future appointments in the University of Michigan Philosophy Department.

Design and teach PHIL 181 during University of Michigan Summer 2017 half-term.  Course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 28-August 18 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and candidate must be available to teach at this time.  Duties, in addition to course design and in-person instruction: weekly office hours; grading of all student work; submission of grades in a timely manner.  Generic Phil 181 course description appears below; past syllabi will be provided and may be referenced for course preparation or used intact, as the candidate desires.

Course Description

An introduction to the basic issues and methods of philosophy. Topics and readings are from both traditional and contemporary philosophy, and include discussion of such issues as the nature and foundation of knowledge, the source and justification of moral values, the relation of mind and body, and determinism and free will.


  • Course design and in-person instruction for all course meetings
  • Hold at least 2 hours of office hours each week
  • Grading of assignments

Required Qualifications*

  • PhD in philosophy or cognate field engaged with moral and political issues (e.g., political theory)
  • Previous experience teaching courses in philosophy

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contact Information

David Baker, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Philosophy (

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Decision Making Process

The Director of Undergraduate Studies will make the hiring decision.  Decisions will be made on or around May 10, 2017.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed and decisions made based on knowledge, experience, and past teaching record.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.