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Instructor - Benson Center

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Boulder, Colorado





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Job Summary

The Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization (the Center) invites applications to join our interdisciplinary community. This position will start Fall of 2024 and is a two-year, non-tenure-track, at-will appointment. ​
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The mission of the Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization is to explore the culture, languages and ideas of the Western tradition, ranging from antiquity to modernity. The Center is especially concerned with the values that emerge from that tradition, and their ongoing role in the institutions of the United States. Integral to this mission is the Center’s commitment to fostering research, debate and dialogue on the fundamental issues of our time – moral, political and economic. Our aim is to promote a lively and balanced conversation that respects both conservative and liberal ideals, thus fostering the full diversity of political, economic and philosophical perspectives on the CU Boulder campus.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

​The instructor will teach two courses in the fall and two courses in the spring semester in the Philosophy department for academic years 2024-25 and 2025-26. The instructor will also be responsible for working with the Director of the Center on curriculum development for the Center’s survey course, Great Ideas of Western Political Thought and Philosophy, in academic year 2024-25, with plans to co-teach that course in academic year 2025-26. The successful candidate will additionally engage the learning mission of the University in other ways. They will participate regularly in the extended community of the Center and the home department through attendance at lectures, engagement with students, and participate in the academic life of the University.

What You Should Know

This is a 2-year, fixed-term appointment.

What We Can Offer

​The salary range for this position is $58,000 – $62,000. The successful candidate may be eligible for a moving allowance.​


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

​Candidates are expected to hold a terminal degree in either Philosophy or Political Science by August 1, 2024. ​

What We Would Like You to Have

Priority will be given to those whose work aligns with the Benson Center’s mission, and who can contribute to curricular development for a survey course on the classics of Western political thought.​

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover letter addressing the following:
    • An extended letter of interest should describe in some detail the candidate’s fit with the Center’s larger mission, and it should also describe the candidate’s previous research and teaching-related goals. The letter should articulate how the candidate will contribute to the Center, a home department and the broader university community.
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Syllabus/Syllabi
  5. Teaching/Course Evaluations
  6. Writing Samples
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable) as an optional attachment.

Please apply by March 15, 2024 for full consideration. This position will remain open until it is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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