Apply Now: Assistant Teaching Professor of Liberal Arts at Purdue University

Liberal Arts

Apply Now: Assistant Teaching Professor of Liberal Arts, Purdue University


The College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University is seeking dedicated and experienced Assistant Teaching Professors (clinical positions) to offer courses in its Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts program, which the National Endowment for the Humanities recognizes as a national model for general education.

Cornerstone offers an enriched first-year sequence anchored in transformative texts. It is designed to provide all students with the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the world and themselves, while strengthening the skills to read closely, write clearly, speak with confidence, and to engage with differing viewpoints and perspectives through general education courses.

The Cornerstone program enrolls several thousand students each semester from disciplines across Purdue’s West Lafayette, IN, campus.

Successful candidates will be responsible for teaching courses: “SCLA 10100 Transformative Texts, Critical Thinking and Communication I: Antiquity to Modernity” (3 credit hour; fulfills the Written Communication and Information Literacy requirements) and/or “SCLA 10200 Transformative Texts, Critical Thinking and Communication II: Modern World” (3 credit hours; fulfills the Oral Communication requirement). Both courses are offered every semester. Applicants should demonstrate experience and openness to teaching from a variety of approaches and interest in working with a diverse student population. 

The new assistant professors will be responsible for teaching the SCLA course series; working with Cornerstone faculty and staff to develop and support the program and the College of Liberal Arts; and attend Cornerstone and CLA related seminars and events. The normal full-time workload is 4-4 teaching. Summer teaching is an additional possibility. The positions begin in August 2022.

Clinical contracts are renewed every three years and can be renewed indefinitely. The Cornerstone Director reviews the performance of successful candidates each year. As members of the clinical faculty of Purdue University, appointments are subject to all Purdue University policies, as they may be amended from time to time. Purdue University offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Purdue University, the College of Liberal Arts, and Cornerstone are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. In their cover letter, candidates are encouraged to address how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry.

Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts is also committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.


A Ph.D. in a Liberal Arts field. Teaching experience in leading discussion-based seminar courses and in an interdisciplinary environment. Candidates will be preferred if they have experience teaching writing and oral communication skills to undergraduate students.

Application Instructions:

Applications must include:

  1. A cover letter;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. at least two letters of reference;
  4. and a teaching portfolio.

Letters of reference must be sent to the Cornerstone Program Manager, Dr. Stephanie Ayala-Chittick, at Questions should be addressed to the Director, Dr. Melinda Zook, at

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Review of applications will begin on November 1 and continue until the positions are filled.



About the college

The College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University is embarking upon 40 faculty searches for positions to begin in Fall 2022. These positions will advance research within and across disciplines, and intersect with technology, data science, and engineering in relevant and important ways. These positions include teaching in our innovative, nationally-recognized Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program that educates students across the university.

Purdue is a research-intensive, PhD-granting institution and a public land-grant university. Candidates may be interested in several interdisciplinary programs and centers on campus, including Advanced Methods at Purdue (AMAP) cluster, Integrated Data Science Initiative, the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion, and the many interdisciplinary centers at Discovery Park and in the college. Additional collaboration opportunities are available to candidates who have research interests that utilize the C-SPAN Archives or have an interest in affiliation with the C-SPAN Center for Scholarship and Engagement. In addition to the major and PhD, the Department is home to graduate and undergraduate certificates and minors in environmental politics and policy, public policy, and human rights.

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