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Adjunct Instructor, Philosophy of Science - School of Social Work Doctoral Program
Simmons University

Date Posted Nov. 11, 2019
Title Adjunct Instructor, Philosophy of Science - School of Social Work Doctoral Program
University Simmons University
Boston, MA, United States
Department Philosophy
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Spring 2020
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Social Work

The School of Social Work at Simmons University seeks an adjunct instructor to teach a doctoral course the Spring 2020 semester titled Philosophy of Science. The Spring 2020 term course dates are January 16 - April 30, 2020. The course meets for 14 weeks on Thursdays from 3:00pm - 5:50pm on campus. The course will have approximately 8-10 students.

Course Title and Description

SW 631: Philosophy of Science

This course focuses on the theory of knowledge - epistemology - and knowledge building in the field of social work. Course content explores traditional scientific epistemologies and the nature of truth and evidence. It considers alternate paradigms that challenge the dominant norms of knowing and how social science does and does not integrate alternate frameworks into research and scholarship. Issues of social and economic justice, power and privilege, and diversity are integrated across course content. Students engage in critical thinking and writing about the application of epistemologies to social work research, the role of the researcher, and the interpretation, adoption and dissemination of knowledge for policy, practice, and future research.

  • Candidates should have a Ph.D. in the social sciences
  • Have prior graduate-level teaching experience
  • A record of research and scholarship demonstrated through peer-reviewed publication within the past 3 years
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to engage with students outside of the classroom as needed

Instructions for Applicants:

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and names of two references to Michelle Putnam, PhD, Professor and Director of the PhD Program at Applicants may be requested to provide supporting materials including publications and prior teaching evaluations if selected for an interview.

The School will interview selected candidates, and applications will be reviewed starting immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the "Resume/CV" box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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