Friday, December 9, 2011

Award for Best Ad of the Year

...goes to #120 in JFP #192W, which reads as follows:

120. CONTRACT FACULTY POSITION/PHILOSOPHY. DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES. The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies invites applications for a one-year, non-renewable contract faculty position available August 17, 2012. 4-4 teaching load, usually two preparations per semester. AOS or AOC: Ethics. Responsibilities: teaching Ethics and possibly Introduction to Philosophy and additional upper level courses; providing service to the department as needed. Minimum qualifications: ABD in Philosophy; ability to teach well Introduction to Ethics. Preferred qualifications: earned doctorate in Philosophy prior to start date; competency in one or more of the following: aesthetics, American philosophy, African American philosophy, critical race theory, queer theory, indigenous philosophy, women and gender studies, animal ethics, or other area of study concerning underrepresented populations; experience in mentoring non-majority students, inclusive pedagogy, and diversity policy issues. The department highly values scholarly teachers, so candidates should be prepared to demonstrate a passion for, and innovation in, the classroom. Send curriculum vitae, graduate school transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, a brief statement of teaching philosophy, and a brief statement of research interests to: AnnMarie Adams, Dept. Administrator, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306, or via email to: philrelst@bsu.edu. Electronic submission is strongly preferred. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. (www.bsu.edu/philosophy) The department of Philosophy and Religious Studies seeks to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber. Ball State University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Therefore, we especially encourage applications from candidates that would contribute to this commitment. (192W); posted: 12/9/2011


It doesn't identify the school except in passing when it gives the mailing address. They literally forgot to say what school it is--it's only by accident that it includes the information at all.

--Mr Zero

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

The *exact* same ad, except with the university name included, is #116 in JFP #192W. I suspect this screw-up -- listing the same job twice, but deleting the key identifying information -- is the APA's fault, not Ball State's.

Mr. Zero said...

I find that explanation to be extremely plausible.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Zero,
I'm going to preemptively derail this thread.
Your comment is offensive and demonstrates that you hate children and puppies.
Asshole.

Anonymous said...

2:07,

I love children and puppies. Therefore, you are making fun of me. Therefore, you are an asshole.

Anonymous said...

For Christ's sake, you really are being assholes. Just shut the fuck up and leave her alone. Let it go.

Anonymous said...

That last comment was offensive to assholes.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm an asshole, and I wasn't offended. So there.

Still, 3:49, those who would be left alone should leave others alone in their turn.

RexII said...

Churl's Monkey. Reboot.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. CHURL'S MONKEY.

Anonymous said...

I applied for an "assistant to the chair" position at Madison. (A handful of Dwight Schrute jokes come to mind.) Since this is primarily an administrative position, I'm thinking about new questions that might be asked should I be lucky enough to get an interview. I suspect they'll want to know about my ability to multitask, deal with disgruntled students, etc. What questions do you think a candidate for this position might be asked?

Anonymous said...

12:29

You plan on asking that in every thread?

Anonymous said...

They're just aware of the fact that job candidates have to take anything they get, anywhere. Who cares where it is? They'll let you once the offer is made, so you can book the moving van.

Prof. Kate said...

12:29, this will be dated information, but if it's any help, I went to Wisconsin over a decade ago, and the assistant to the chair was responsible for making almost all of the hiring (and not-so-much hiring) decisions w/r/t teaching assistantships and instructorships. This was a huge job, as there were almost a hundred of us to evaluate and hire. He also wrote the summary-letter for our dossiers of our teaching evaluations (this may have changed since then, but at the time, no one observed my teaching, ever. Instead, all my course evaluations were kept in the department, and he wrote a bird's-eye view sort of letter about them for my job market file).

So I imagine that unusual questions could include whether or not you have ever hired and fired anyone, whether you've ever assessed someone's teaching evaluations, what you consider 'good' teaching, how you would handle undergraduates' complaints about someone you hired to teach them, whether you've experience handling complaints of criminal harassment, and sundry human-resources related questions.

OH, I should add that our asst-to-chair was also an instructor and researcher in his own right, although if I recall correctly, he was not expected to do either to the extent his colleagues did. Still, he had to remain active and excellent at both.

wv: ilfed, (I'm actually extremely well-fed)

Anonymous said...

I thought the hilarious bit was this:

... competency in one or more of the following: aesthetics, American philosophy, African American philosophy, critical race theory, queer theory, indigenous philosophy, women and gender studies, animal ethics, or other area of study concerning underrepresented populations ...

So yeah if you work on, like, queers, or women, or animals, you know, like: underrepresented populations ... then you should definitely apply!