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Core Faculty- Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, CA
Closing date
Mar 28, 2023

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Location: San Francisco, CA Category: Faculty Positions Posted On: Thu Jan 19 2023 Job Description:

About the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Program

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness graduate program offers online and residential M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Philosophy and Religion. Our graduate degrees are motivated by the desire to re-imagine the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community. This reimagination entails seeking new and transformative pathways across multiple disciplines, including an expanded vision of philosophy, cosmology, and consciousness inspired by the world's spiritual traditions, the natural sciences, Indigenous lifeways, esoteric approaches, depth psychology, environmental humanities, and integral ecologies.


The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies invites applications for an open rank core faculty position that begins in July 2023. We invite applications from qualified candidates whose research addresses either cosmology (western and/or non-western) or the history and transformation of consciousness with attention to questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates working on cosmology and ethics; Indigenous philosophy; comparative philosophy; the new animism; nonwestern approaches to re-enchantment and secularity; ecological civilization; or healing and religion are especially encouraged to apply.


Job Requirements:


Full-time CIIS core faculty members are responsible for 18 units of graduate-level teaching and/or supervising dissertations per academic year. Core faculty also advise new and continuing students, assess Comprehensive Exams, participate in CIIS faculty meetings and university committees, work collaboratively with faculty and program chair, conduct information sessions and admissions interviews, attend CIIS-wide Open Houses, and engage in professional development.

Candidates should have a PhD in philosophy, religious studies, or a related field and university-level teaching experience. In addition, the ideal candidate will have a record of publication, online teaching experience, strong facilitation skills, experience teaching in a multicultural classroom, and a commitment to engaged scholarship.


In reviewing applications, the committee will place high value on:
  • Commitment to the mission and disciplines explored by the PCC department.
  • Experience and proficiency in both online and in-person teaching.
  • Experience in teaching courses that address the intersection of philosophy, cosmology, consciousness, and/or the emerging field of integral ecology.
  • Scholarly publications and engaged scholarship in any of the above areas.
  • Academic experience working with culturally diverse groups; demonstrable awareness of the importance of engaging and valuing diversity; viewing diversity as integral to all phases of education and scholarship.
  • Inspiring and effective teaching skills, including facilitation of experiential learning.
  • Good communication skills and willingness to work towards harmonious solutions in group processes.
  • Ability to mentor students and direct doctoral dissertations.
  • Willingness to participate in PCC community events, annual program retreats, and to take up administrative responsibilities.

Additional Information:


Salary commensurate with skills and experience.

Notes to the Candidate
  • Background Check: Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position. If your job requires driving on behalf of CIIS you will be required to provide proof of a valid driver's license.
  • Visa Sponsorship: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.


CIIS is committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio-economic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, or medical condition. We seek to increase the presence, representation and inclusion of U.S. historically under-represented people of color, international, bilingual and bicultural students, faculty and staff; and, to provide an environment that will attract and retain individuals identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQQI).


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