The Department of Philosophy at Lafayette College invites applications for its Louise M. Olmsted Fellow in Ethics. The position is made possible by the Louise M. Olmsted Endowment Fund for Ethics and the Office of the Provost. The Olmsted Endowment Fund for Ethics aims to encourage students to critically address increasingly complex ethical issues and to reflect on the many ways in which our ethical judgments contribute to forming and expressing our values as people and citizens. Reporting to the Head of the Philosophy Department, the Olmsted Fellow will (a) teach three courses per year in the area of ethics broadly construed; (b) promote and organize ethics-related events for student and faculty audiences across campus (lectures, panel discussions, reading groups, etc.); (c) maintain an active research program and periodically share their results with the campus community; and (d) work closely with the student-run Philosophy Club in order to help ensure its health and facilitate its programming.

Working in coordination with the Philosophy Department, the Fellow will take advantage of and promote synergetic intersections with disciplines, programs, and initiatives on campus (including, e.g., Africana Studies, Environmental Science and Environmental Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Government and Law, Sociology, Engineering, etc., as well as the Humanities Center, the Hanson Center for Inclusive STEM Education, and the Center for Global Education), so as to contribute to the College’s diverse and inclusive community. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Philosophy with specialization in ethics broadly construed; evidence of scholarly accomplishment and a well-defined research program; teaching experience at the undergraduate level; and leadership and interpersonal skills. The position is for three years, with yearly renewal contingent on successful annual review. Salary and benefits are competitive, and financial support for conference travel is available.

Application materials should include a brief cover letter that discusses the specific interest in the position, CV, statement of teaching philosophy and interests, three-year research plan, one writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. In the cover letter submitted with the application, please address how your scholarship, teaching, mentoring and/or community service will support Lafayette’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as articulated in the college’s diversity statement ( Applications must be received by December 16, 2022 to receive full consideration. Please upload application materials electronically through Interfolio at

Located in Easton, Pennsylvania, 75 miles from New York City and Philadelphia, Lafayette College is a highly selective private undergraduate liberal arts college with an engineering division, 2,724 students, and 243 full-time faculty. More information about the Philosophy Department is available at Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community: one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all of its students, staff, and faculty. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced.