SHIFT Professorship in Applied Ethics and the Common Good

Date Posted: 02/08/2023
Type/Department:Faculty in Critical Social Inquiry
Search Status:Position Filled
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Hampshire College

Job Title: SHIFT Professorship in Applied Ethics and the Common Good

Position Type: Full Time

Pay Range/ Status: $65,000–$82,000

Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2023


As part of a major hiring initiative across its new curriculum, Hampshire College is seeking applications for the SHIFT Professorship in Applied Ethics and the Common Good, an endowed, interdisciplinary position intended to teach and encourage students to look more broadly and explicitly at practical questions of ethics and ethical behavior, and nurture effective leadership skills informed by a commitment to the common good. The position is open to candidates from any discipline, as long as the candidate’s primary academic expertise is in applied or practical ethics and the analysis of real-world moral issues, with demonstrated interest in collaborating across fields of study. Experience with community-based learning, collaboration with community partners is important and interest in social entrepreneurship and activism is preferred, though not required.

The SHIFT Professor will:

  • develop and teach courses in applied ethics that have a focus on practical application;
  • stimulate and support student projects related to ethical actions in the world;
  • inspire and inform students and faculty to bring the consideration of ethics into all aspects of the College curriculum;
  • encourage Interdisciplinary research projects led by students and faculty that examine innovative models of social, ethics-based institutions;
  • collaborate with the Division of Justice, Equity, and Antiracism and Community Commons on academic and co-curricular programming that advances the purpose of the Ethics and the Common Good Initiative, which cultivates collaborative, ethical leaders who reflectively engage in creating a more equitable and resilient world.

Hampshire College is an experimenting institution with a mission to advance social justice and transform higher education, and we seek creative and collaborative colleagues to join its faculty. Hampshire’s academic program is unique within higher education in the United States. Students draw from multiple disciplines and methodologies to develop their own concentrations, and every student completes a year-long substantial project synthesizing their course of study as a condition of graduation. Students are provided narrative evaluations of their work instead of grades. Our student community is distinctively diverse: this year 39% are BIPOC or international, 37.5% receive Pell Grants, approximately a third are neurodivergent, and a substantial majority identify as LGBTQIA+. Hampshire is a member of the Five College consortium (Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts), and located in Amherst, MA.

Building on its student-driven approach, Hampshire is implementing a radically new academic program that emphasizes urgent challenges, transdisciplinarity, antiracism, community engagement, and project-based skills. We convene transdisciplinary Learning Collaboratives that assemble faculty, students, and staff to address urgent questions developed by and voted on by the community. Additionally, Hampshire has implemented a “Race and Power” requirement that ensures students, staff, and faculty alike will engage in critical reflection on racial justice and equity throughout their Hampshire careers. In the letter of application, candidates are encouraged to explain how their teaching and scholarly/artistic work does or could contribute to this curricular and pedagogical vision.

The successful candidate will:

  • Connect at least half their normal teaching course load each year with one or two of the urgent challenges described here
  • Work in individual or group settings to advise and mentor an increasingly diverse body of Hampshire students;
  • Collaborate with faculty colleagues across disciplines and actively participate in governance and service committees;
  • Participate in events and forums organized by one of the Learning Collaboratives;
  • Be eager to participate in continuous pedagogical experimentation.

For this position, the terminal degree or its equivalent in professional work experience is required by the time of appointment. Qualified candidates must have demonstrated teaching experience at the undergraduate level and an active research agenda. An ability to communicate and work effectively within a culturally diverse and multi-disciplinary campus community is essential. This position involves full-time teaching, as well as substantial student advising and participation in program and college governance.  This position is advertised at the assistant professor level, but under certain circumstances, we may consider candidates at higher ranks.

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity employer and deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We're particularly committed to revealing and combating the social and institutional structures that support racism and white supremacy in all phases of employment and college life. We believe that the educational and employment environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to work and grow. We encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, veterans, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. Hampshire College is committed to removing barriers to employment faced by equity-seeking groups and encourages (but does not require) members of these groups to self-identify in their application materials. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in the work environment are particularly encouraged to apply.

Candidates should submit the following to apply:

  • a cover letter describing your teaching (including titles of specific courses at the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels) and scholarly interests, and how you will contribute to addressing one or more of Hampshire’s urgent challenges;
  • a statement addressing your approach to justice, equity and antiracism (JEA) in teaching philosophy and practice;
  • a curriculum vita;
  • names, titles, and contact information for three referees; and
  • up to 20 pages of professional work

Please submit your cover letter, statement, CV, references, and work samples via our website: No hard copies will be accepted.

If you have general questions about this search, please email

Review of applications will begin on March 10, 2023, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.