Apply Now: Chair of the Department of Classics and Philosophy at Samford University

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Samford University: Chair of the Department of Classics and Philosophy


Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for the position of chair of the Department of Classics and Philosophy at the full professor rank beginning August 2022.

This fulltime tenuretrack faculty position is a 9month appointment and carries a 22
teaching load (4 credit hour courses).

Chair responsibilities include scheduling courses, managing curriculum assessment, evaluating faculty, overseeing the departmental budget, and providing vision for the program. These tasks as chair are in addition to the expectations of all faculty: teaching courses across the entire undergraduate curriculum, advising students, and providing departmental, college, university, and professions service. A stipend for this position is included that will be paid over the entire academic year and will cover any duties and responsibilities related to the summer.

The successful candidate will teach lower and upper level Philosophy courses, interdisciplinary courses in the University’s Core Program, and courses in the Science and Religion Program, which is housed in the Department of Classics and Philosophy. Duties also include mentoring and advising of students as well as service to the department, college, and university.

Candidates must possess a teaching, research and academic record commensurate with full professor rank in Samford University’s Department of Classics and Philosophy.


Qualified candidates will hold an earned Ph.D. in Philosophy or a related field from and institutionally accredited college or university (or equivalent) that includes significant course work and research in philosophy. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated record of outstanding teaching, possess an impressive scholarly record, be able to teach a variety of ethics courses and be an astute and persuasive advocate of the Humanities (in particular, philosophy and classics) as a central academic pursuit in the university and as valuable to the intellectual, vocational, and spiritual maturation of students.

To Apply

Please submit the following documents:

  1. an application letter that includes statement of teaching philosophy and experience and a description of research interests and activities;
  2. a curriculum vitae with contact information for three references;
  3. evidence of teaching effectiveness;
  4. an application for faculty position (;
  5. and the faculty applicant Christian mission statement (

Please submit all materials in a single PDF format to:
Subject: Chair, Classics and Philosophy

Questions should be addressed to:
Dr. Dennis Sansom, Chair, Philosophy Department

For more information and to apply, click here >>

The application deadline is November 20, 2021.



About the school:

Samford University is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the University was founded in 1841 and has 425 full time faculty and more than 5,700 students representing 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 22 countries. Samford has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. The University is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. The University offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.

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