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Posted: 09/17/2023


The Department of Religion and Philosophy at Berry College invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Ethics. Successful candidates will engage both religious and philosophical perspectives on ethical issues, thus enhancing our combined department's integrated efforts to form the intellectual, moral, and spiritual lives of our students. The department seeks an Ethicist with any research specialty and with teaching competence in Christian Ethics, Religious Ethics (or another non-Christian ethical tradition), Philosophical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, or Healthcare Ethics.

As a cohesive multidisciplinary department, we provide a "sympathetic yet critical" approach to religious faith, seeking to understand religious claims and then critiquing and engaging them with reasoned inquiry. In this work, Ethics provides an important unifying center for our students and our department as a whole; all religions and philosophies meet at the crossroads of ethics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach ethics in a vibrant department at an institution where the value of the spiritual life is built into the vision of the college and our institutional objectives. Candidates should be inspired by a student body and colleagues who genuinely care about the religious, philosophical, and ethical ideas discussed in our classes.

The successful candidate will support the College's Foundations general education curriculum through course offerings, and will be encouraged to develop further courses in areas of interest and specialization. Strong teaching should be accompanied by a rigorous research agenda and a spirit of service to and involvement with the campus community. We seek applicants who will contribute to Berry's culture of diversity and belonging.


Candidate should hold a terminal degree (Ph.D., Th.D., D.Phil.). Doctoral students (ABD) may be considered if the degree will be completed by the date of appointment.



Berry is a selective independent college of 2,200 students located adjacent to Rome, GA, midway between Atlanta, GA, and Chattanooga, TN. Berry's educational approach deliberately unites challenging academic programs with practical work experience in a residential campus community that encourages faith and emphasizes caring for the needs of others above self. This commitment to an "education of the head, heart and hands" remains as relevant today as when our founder instilled this ethic more than a century ago. Nationally recognized for quality of learning and quality of life, Berry offers first-rate undergraduate degree programs in the sciences, humanities, arts and human sciences, as well as undergraduate and master's level opportunities in business and teacher education. The College's stunning 27,000-acre campus affords opportunities that cannot be duplicated elsewhere. Berry's ongoing commitment is to provide exceptional educational experiences to talented students from a wide range of social, racial, and economic backgrounds.


Berry College is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse faculty and staff. An Equal Opportunity Institution, Berry complies with all applicable laws and provisions prohibiting discrimination in its educational and employment policies. Berry respects the essential dignity of all individuals and accordingly hires and promotes employees without regard to matters of personal identity such as ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and political affiliation. Berry College is committed to ensuring facilities, programs, services, and activities are accessible to everyone, including those seeking employment at Berry College. Inquiries about interview or workplace accommodations are welcomed and can be directed to Wayne Phipps, Director of Human Resources, at (706) 290-2698.


Applicants should submit a letter of application describing the candidate's interest in this position, commitment to the Berry mission and to inclusive teaching and learning; a curriculum vitae; a teaching statement that should articulate the candidate's teaching approach, experience, and goals; a statement of research plans; unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts; and names and contact information of three references.

Review of applications will begin on October 30th and will continue until the position is filled.

Specific questions about the position may be sent directly to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Jeffrey Lidke at