Apply Now: Teaching Assistant Professor in History, Philosophy, and/or Study of Science and Technology, the Herbst Program at CU-Boulder

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University of  Colorado-Boulder: Teaching Assistant Professor in History, Philosophy, and/or Study of Science and Technology at the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics and Society


The Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics and Society in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a full-time Instructor position in the History, Philosophy, and/or Study of Science and Technology (STS), broadly defined.

The ideal candidate will be ready to teach core texts in STS and/or the history of science and technology to undergraduate students in a seminar setting. Subfield is open.

Of particular interest are candidates who have experience helping students in engineering, computing, or other STEM fields think deeply and critically about the roles of science and technology in human societies and cultures in the past, present, and future.

The Herbst Program teaches the Great Books in small seminars within the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Its small seminars and lectures are designed to encourage students to engage with primary sources to give them a broader ethical and social context to their work.

This is a non-tenure-track Academic Year appointment where the instructor’s effort will be 90% teaching and 10% service and leadership. The successful candidate will teach six undergraduate discussion seminars per academic year, beginning either January 2024 or August 2024.

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary program that engages a diverse body of CEAS students with the essential questions of human existence and will link those issues to the ethical practices of science and engineering. Candidates will contribute to Herbst’s mission by providing them the tools needed to contextualize, analyze, and critique the processes of scientific and technological development in a changing, diverse world.


A doctorate (or international equivalent) in a field relevant to STS/History/Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Preferred qualifications include:

  1. at least 2 years demonstrated excellence teaching at the college level, including in coursework related to the history, philosophy, or social analysis of science and technology;
  2. excellence in leading undergraduate discussion seminars;
  3. experience teaching complex texts through discussion and writing;
  4. demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  5. an interdisciplinary teaching background;
  6. a broad range of teaching experience, including diverse subjects, levels, and audiences;
  7. and success in supporting inclusive excellence through teaching and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds, including first generation and international students.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. a letter of application specifying your qualifications for teaching in the Herbst Program;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. evidence of excellence in teaching, including:
    1. recent course evaluations.
    2. recent syllabi (no more than two)
  4. answers to the following prompts, with no more than 400 words per answer:
    1. Describe one of your best teaching experiences. What made it so good?
    2. What are your main objectives in the classroom, and what techniques do you use to achieve these?
  5. a writing sample (e.g., article, chapter from dissertation or book);
  6. and a diversity statement: (please include a 1-2 page statement on how your teaching, research and/or service demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion; examples might include scholarly work, efforts to improve access to higher education for underrepresented individuals or groups, or other contributions to diverse communities (for guidance in writing this statement, see

During the application process, candidates will also be asked to submit a minimum of 3 references for this position. These individuals may be contacted and asked to submit a letter of recommendation at a later time. This information will be kept confidential.

Questions? Contact: Lori Walker, Herbst Program Coordinator, at

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs (search by job title or requisition number: 50799).

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For full consideration, submit applications before September 15, 2023. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.



From the program
Founded in 1989, the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics and Society offers interdisciplinary seminars focusing on core texts of literature, philosophy, the arts, and the social sciences. Although not a major, the program runs a certificate program in Engineering, Ethics, and Society and offers undergraduate fellowship opportunities. Text-based and writing-intensive seminars are the heart of the program, which offers over 40 sections annually. Supported by an endowment, the majority of Herbst courses are limited to 12-14 students.

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