JOB – Lecturer (part-time), Philosophy, US Coast Guard Academy (New London, CT)

POSITION TITLE: Lecturer (Philosophy)
OPENING DATE: September 11, 2012
CLOSING DATE: October 1, 2012

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy, located in New London, Connecticut, invites applications for a part time (32 hours per week) temporary Lecturer position in the Department of Humanities. This position is expected to begin on or about January 14, 2013 and end on or before May 24, 2013. The appointment maybe extended through the 2013‐2014 school year without re‐advertising based on the needs of the service.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is a highly selective federal military college providing a rigorous undergraduate program. In addition, the Coast Guard Academy provides the professional education and training required to prepare young women and men for careers as commissioned officers in the U. S. Coast Guard, the nation’s oldest continuous sea‐going service, which is well‐known for its humanitarian missions. The Academy offers B.S. degrees in eight academic majors: Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Marine/Environmental Sciences, Operations Research/Computer Analysis, Management, and Government; the Academy is staffed with over 110 full‐time civilian and military faculty. The attractive riverside campus is home to a nationally representative and diverse student body of about 1,000. The Academy is located near the shoreline of southeastern Connecticut, midway between New York and Boston, and is within commuting range of regional as well as national colleges and universities in the CT/RI/MA tri‐state area.

Major Duties

The successful candidate will teach a survey course in moral philosophy for students majoring in science, engineering, math, and management. The candidate will also perform other collateral duties as assigned. Teaching load will be up to 12 contact hours per semester (that is, up to a maximum of four, 50‐minute sections per day of the same course of instruction, with each section meeting three times per week).


A Ph.D. in philosophy with a specialization in ethics is highly preferred, but candidates who are ABD or who hold a Ph.D. in a closely related field with significant graduate coursework in moral philosophy will be considered. Teaching experience is preferred but not required. Applicants should specialize in ethical theory, ancient to contemporary, with additional concentration within contemporary moral issues; expertise in military ethics, environmental ethics, and feminist ethics preferred.

Excellent interpersonal, teaching, and communications skills are essential. Classroom experience teaching and mentoring diverse student populations, and/or experience promoting diversity initiatives ‐ including efforts at creating communities of inclusion ‐ is highly desirable.

How you will be evaluated

You will be evaluated based on the criteria described herein. If selected for an interview, you will also be evaluated on the responses to interview questions.

Other information

The appointment may be extended through the 2013‐2014 school year without re‐advertising based on the needs of the service.
This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.
Some citizenship restrictions apply.
Selectees are subject to a determination of suitability for federal employment and all selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.
Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Moving expenses will NOT be paid.
Candidates for this vacancy may be considered for identical future vacancies that occur within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.
Upon request by the Civilian Personnel Office, finalists for this position will be required to submit an OFFICIAL transcript within one week.
Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement.
The Academy provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please submit a request to the email address listed below. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case‐by‐case basis.

How to apply

Visit this webpage for information on how to apply.
Individuals wishing to be considered for this position must submit a complete application package to:
U. S. Coast Guard Academy Philosophy Lecturer Search Committee Department of Humanities
15 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320‐8100

CVs may also be emailed to

A complete application package consists of the following:
1. Curriculum Vita
2. CGA Excepted Service Position Application Supplemental Sheet (located at the end of this announcement)
3. A letter:
a. Describing how you meet the qualifications specified in this vacancy announcement;
b. Describing your experience mentoring diverse student populations, and/or any experience you have in promoting diversity initiatives, including efforts at creating communities of inclusion;
c. Describing your teaching philosophy; and
d. Listing the names, mailing addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least 3 references.
4. Copy of transcripts showing degree(s) obtained.

What happens next

You may or may not be contacted for an interview. All applicants will receive notification regarding selection or non‐selection. Such notification may take several weeks and/or months.