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Assistant or Associate Professor in Religion and Philosophy

Simpson College
Job Location:
Indianola, 50125
Religious Studies and Theology

Assistant or Associate Professor in Religion and Philosophy

Simpson College: Academic Affairs: Division of Humanities: Religion


Indianola, IA

Open Date
Sep 15, 2023


The Departments of Religion and Philosophy at Simpson College invite applications for a tenure-track position in Christian Ethics at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, to begin Fall 2024.


Simpson’s main campus is in Indianola, Iowa, a part of the Des Moines metropolitan area. Des Moines is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the Midwest, with a population of over 729,000, and economic growth has outpaced the U.S. as a whole. In addition, the cost of living is well below the national average. To learn more about Simpson College, please visit:

The Institution

Simpson College is an independent, selective, and comprehensive liberal-arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church and a part of the Reconciling Ministries Network. Ethics provides a foundation for Simpson’s core values and its innovative curriculum. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and inclusive teaching practices that will contribute to a campus climate that supports equity and diversity. The College encourages innovative teaching and seeks colleagues who will help students of all ages develop critical intellectual skills and nurture values that foster personal worth and individuality for the purpose of leading fulfilled lives within a creative, diverse, and just community. We recognize that many great ideas and discoveries are a result of a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment.


Essential Qualifications:

The appointment will begin August 19, 2024. PhD in Religion, Philosophy, or closely related field required; ABD considered. Methodology and area of research expertise within Christian Ethics are open, but the successful candidate must have demonstrated competence in western philosophy more broadly, specifically including applied ethics and feminist ethics. Demonstrated teaching excellence is essential.

The candidate should be prepared to teach courses such as Ethics, Religion, and Conflict; Religion, Ethics, and the Environment; Feminist Ethics; Philosophy of Race; and Theories of Justice.

Preferred Qualifications:

Proven ability to engage the interests of non-majors in general education courses. Teaching competency in social justice and postcolonialism. Experience in mentoring undergraduate research and new student recruitment.

Application Instructions

Preferred deadline is October 15 but review of applications will continue until the position is filled. A complete application will include a cover letter addressing interest and preparation for the position; a curriculum vitae; a teaching philosophy statement; a statement of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and letters from three references. Additional materials may be requested of candidates advancing to an interview.

Simpson College aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to help constitute a diverse community. Candidates from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants who need accommodations in the application and interview process due to disability or pregnancy are encouraged to contact Mimi Bartley Nancarrow with any questions OR you may contact our Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Keyah Levy with any concerns.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION: Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents of students, employees, sources of referral for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with Simpson College are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, veteran or veteran disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected characteristic in admission, access to, treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any persons having inquiries concerning Simpson College’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX – Section 504 or Americans with Disabilities Act are directed to contact Mary Ellen Bartley-Nancarrow, Director of Human Resources, Simpson College, 701 North C Street, Indianola, Iowa 50125-1299, (515) 961-1511. Persons may also contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, regarding the institution’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX – Section 504, or Americans with Disabilities Act.

TITLE IX: Simpson College does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender. Simpson College also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. Reports of misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and concerns about non-compliance should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. For a complete copy of the policy, more information, or to report an instance of sex or gender-based discrimination, please contact the Title IX Coordinator ( ) and/or the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) .

The College is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include but are not limited to criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history. Simpson’s annual security compliance document is available on the Simpson Security website . To comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, you will be required to, upon being made an offer of employment, produce documents that are specified by the federal government to establish your identity and right to work in the United States. These documents must be produced no later than seventy-two (72) hours after beginning paid employment. Questions? Contact the Human Resources department at


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