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PIKSI SUMMER INSTITUTES

PIKSI summer institutes are designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study of philosophy. Undergraduates and recent graduates from underrepresented groups such as women, African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, LGBTs, economically disadvantaged communities, and people with disabilities are urged to apply. Transportation and lodging are provided. Stipends are awarded to all.

APPLICATION DEADLINES
Undergraduates — JANUARY 31, 2018
Graduate Assistants (PIKSI-Rock only) — JANUARY 31, 2018
For more information visit: piksi.org

PIKSI ROCK

(also seeking applications for graduate assistants)

Rock Ethics Institute/Penn State
Date: June 27-July 6, 2018
Director: Kris Sealey, Fairfield University
Theme: Philosophy and Public Life

Speakers:

Alfred Frankowski, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Nathifa Greene, Gettysburg College
Shay Welch, Spelman College
Kyle Powys Whyte, Michigan State University

PIKSI BOSTON

MIT/UMB
Date: June 19-26, 2018
Directors: Lisa Rivera, University of Massachusetts Boston
Keota Fields, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Speakers:

Otávio Bueno, University of Miami
Myisha Cherry, Harvard University/University of Illinois
Nathifa Greene, Gettysburg College
Kevin Richardson, North Carolina State University

For more information visit: piksi.org
Contact: info@piksi.org

SPONSORS: THE ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION, AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL ASSOCIATION – PENN STATE’S ROCK ETHICS INSTITUTE, COLLEGE OF THE LIBERAL ARTS, AND DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY – MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY – STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY – UNIVERSITY OF OREGON – UNIVERSITY OF IOWA – IRIS MARION YOUNG DIVERSITY SCHOLARS FUND – ANN ARBOR PHILOSOPHERS’ PIKSI FUNDING INITIATIVE – ASSOCIATION OF FEMINIST ETHICS AND SOCIAL THEORY – PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS-HARVARD UNIVERSITY-TUFTS UNIVERSITY

JOB – TT ASST PROF – U of GRONINGEN – Theoretical Phil


The Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen is looking for an

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN THEORETICAL PHILOSOPHY

with expertise in philosophy of science and/or social epistemology. Deadline for applications is November 30.

The position is in the Department of Theoretical Philosophy and includes research (40%) as well as teaching and some administrative tasks (60%). We are particularly interested in candidates who have a strong affinity with science and technology studies, the social organization of science, and/or the science-policy interface. Ideally the research of the candidate can complement and strengthen the existing research profile of the Department of Theoretical Philosophy, and contribute to the lively intellectual life of the faculty as a whole. The candidate will be expected to teach in the philosophy programme on both BA and MA level, including the MA programme on Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Additionally the candidate may be asked to provide philosophy of science courses to programmes outside the Faculty of Philosophy, in the natural, life, and social sciences.

For more details and for accessing the online application, please visit http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S0005XDP.

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of November 2017: Grant J. Silva

Grant J. Silva

Assistant Professor, Marquette University


AOS: Comparative Philosophy, Ethics, Indigenous Philosophy, Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of the Americas, Social and Political Philosophy

My work strives to maintain a sense of philosophical practice endowed with much social significance. While philosophers should continue to ask and answer metaphysical, ethical and epistemological questions, these endeavors are not ends in themselves. Paraphrasing Ignacio Ellacuría, the Jesuit philosopher murdered during the Salvadoran Civil War, even if reduced to “the pursuit of truth,” philosophy is not reducible to “the pursuit of truth for its own sake.”

Recent publications of mine take place at the intersection of philosophy of race, political philosophy and ethical questions pertaining to immigration and nationality. My current research focuses on the nature of racism as connected to anti-immigrant and xenophobic sentiment as well as officer related shootings of African Americans in the United States. Rather than predicated on hatred or malice, I think of racism as predicated on self-love. In the above contexts, “self-love” first materializes in the need to preserve the social conditions enabling one’s sense of self, a feat accomplished by means of national borders and the specious embracement of law and lawfulness. Second, engendered by interactions with individuals viewed primarily through the lens of black criminality, self-love racism is visible in the heightened sense of self-preservation expressed by law enforcement agents. In terms of the ethics of immigration, I am working on a theory of migratory disobedience that views the act of irregular migration as protest against the unjust nature of immigration law into first world nations like the United States.

My work in Latin American philosophy focuses on the idea of liberation as a philosophical point of departure. As espoused by those immersed in decolonial, anti-racist and even anti-sexist struggles, the idea of liberation suggests of an ongoing process the meaning of which should be viewed as of comparable magnitude for the peoples of the Americas as that of “enlightenment” within in the contexts of Western intellectual traditions. Whereas the sense of subjectivity problematized by Western philosophy grapples with skepticism, dogmatism and a variety of forms of heteronomy, liberatory thinkers focus on forms of subjective experience unfolding in the contexts of racial/sexual objectivity, colonial “totalization” and historical marginalization. Along these lines, I think there is a fundamental difference between philosophizing for freedom and philosophizing from freedom. This difference manifests in the types of questions one considers worthy of philosophical analysis, the kinds of interlocutors and range of experience one is willing to dialogue with, as well as the overall significance of philosophical inquiry. Extending these ideas, my book project provides a narrative of Latin American philosophy that views this sub-discipline as a response to decolonial attempts at liberating the mind. Because I take seriously the notion that to describe oneself as a “Latin American philosopher” is a political statement challenging preconceived understandings of the nature of philosophical inquiry, I offer a take on the history of Latin American philosophy that recognizes the significance of “place,” i.e. from where one philosophizes, as an important factor to the philosophical process.

JOB – TT ASST PROF – Continental Social and Political, Race and Gender – RYERSON U, CANADA

Tenure-Stream Assistant Professor Position in the Philosophy Department

The Philosophy Department invites applications for one full-time tenure-track position, at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1st, 2018 (subject to final budgetary approval).

The area of specialization for the position will be Continental Social and Political Philosophy (broadly construed to include philosophy of race or gender). In addition to the expectations below, the successful candidate for this position will also have to be able to teach courses that serve the needs of the interdisciplinary B.A. program in Arts and Contemporary Studies – a program which includes a required sequence of six courses in the history of ideas, each of which is typically team-taught by two faculty members drawn from different disciplines.

Responsibilities for the position will include: teaching philosophy courses and supervising students at the undergraduate and graduate levels; contributing to the undergraduate and graduate programs including taking a lead role in curriculum development/expansion as appropriate; establishing and maintaining a strong, independent research program; and participating in the academic life of the Philosophy Department, the Faculty of Arts, and the University.

The Philosophy Department, consisting of 17 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, prides itself on the quality of its teaching and the breadth and excellence of its research in both analytic and continental approaches and traditions.

Candidates shall have completed (or expect to do so before July 2018) a PhD in Philosophy, or equivalent (e.g. PhD in Political Theory or in Social and Political Thought) and shall provide evidence of high-quality teaching and excellence in research, with an emerging scholarly record, as demonstrated by a number of achievements. These may include, but are not limited to, the following: awards and accolades, new course and curriculum development, a thoughtful teaching philosophy, strong teaching reviews, a robust research profile, peer-reviewed conference papers and publications in high-calibre venues, and strong letters of reference from referees of high standing. As well, candidates shall demonstrate a capacity for collegial service and a commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and research activities.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA).

 

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal by December 1st, 2017. Mailed and emailed applications will not be accepted.

Applications must include the following components, in the following order, as a single PDF document:

  • a letter of application, which clearly indicates whether you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a statement of research interests (including plans for dissemination)
  • two recent writing samples
  • and results of teaching surveys (or equivalent evidence, such as a teaching dossier).

In addition, applicants should arrange for at least two confidential letters of reference to be sent to our Department Administrator, Mr. Ryan Walters at philosophysearch@ryerson.ca.

Applications must be received by December 1st, 2017. Confidential inquiries can be directed to Dr. Klaas Kraay, Chair of the Departmental Hiring Committee (kraay@ryerson.ca).

Any inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal can be sent to Mr. Ryan Doyle, HR Advisor at rdoyle@ryerson.ca

Aboriginal candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Ms. Tracey King, M.Ed., Aboriginal HR Consultant, Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Initiative, at t26king@ryerson.ca.

About Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As an employer, we are working towards a people-first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016 and 2017. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit www.ryerson.ca, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonEDI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.

JOB – TT ASST PROF Metaphysics & Epistemology – RYERSON UNIVERSITY, CANADA

Tenure-Stream Assistant Professor Position in the Philosophy Department

The Philosophy Department invites applications for one full-time tenure-track position, at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1st, 2018 (subject to final budgetary approval).

The area of specialization for the position will be Metaphysics and Epistemology.

Responsibilities for the position will include: teaching philosophy courses and supervising students at the undergraduate and graduate levels; contributing to the undergraduate and graduate programs including taking a lead role in curriculum development/expansion as appropriate; establishing and maintaining a strong, independent research program; and participating in the academic life of the Philosophy Department, the Faculty of Arts, and the University.

The Philosophy Department, consisting of 17 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, prides itself on the quality of its teaching and the breadth and excellence of its research in both analytic and continental approaches and traditions.

Candidates shall have completed (or expect to do so before July 2018) a PhD in Philosophy, and shall provide evidence of high-quality teaching and excellence in research, with an emerging scholarly record, as demonstrated by a number of achievements. These may include, but are not limited to, the following: awards and accolades, new course and curriculum development, a thoughtful teaching philosophy, strong teaching reviews, a robust research profile, peer-reviewed conference papers and publications in high-calibre venues, and strong letters of reference from referees of high standing. As well, candidates shall demonstrate a capacity for collegial service and a commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and research activities.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA).

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal by December 1st, 2017. Mailed and emailed applications will not be accepted.

 

Applications must include the following components, in the following order, as a single PDF document:

  • a letter of application, which clearly indicates whether you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a statement of research interests (including plans for dissemination)
  • two recent writing samples
  • and results of teaching surveys (or equivalent evidence, such as a teaching dossier).

In addition, applicants should arrange for at least two confidential letters of reference to be sent to our Department Administrator, Mr. Ryan Walters at philosophysearch@ryerson.ca.

Applications must be received by December 1st, 2017. Confidential inquiries can be directed to Dr. Klaas Kraay, Chair of the Departmental Hiring Committee (kraay@ryerson.ca).

Any inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal can be sent to Mr. Ryan Doyle, HR Advisor at rdoyle@ryerson.ca

Aboriginal candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Ms. Tracey King, M.Ed., Aboriginal HR Consultant, Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Initiative, at t26king@ryerson.ca.

About Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As an employer, we are working towards a people-first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016 and 2017. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit www.ryerson.ca, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonEDI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.

 

JOB – TT U Wisconsin – Milwaukee – Mind, Language, Science

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

 

PHILOSOPHY

 

University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Asst. Prof., tenure-track, beginning Fall 2018. 2/2 load, semester system, teaching at undergraduate and MA levels. Usual non-teaching duties. Salary competitive. Opportunities available for summer and winter interim session teaching. AOS: Philosophy of Mind and/or Language and/or Science. AOC: Open. PhD by September 2018 in Philosophy or closely related area is required.  The department is seeking someone with a strong record, or strong evidence of promise, in research and teaching. To apply go to http://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/26827. The application will require letter of application, CV, and short writing sample to be uploaded. In addition, three or more letters of recommendation must be sent to Phil-pos@uwm.edu.  Review of applications will begin on November 24, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply by November 29, 2017. UW-Milwaukee is an AA/EEO employer.

 

 

 

 

 

JOB – Dean at U of Utah, Humanities

Dean – University of Utah, College of Humanities

PRN00177CF

https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/69997

The University of Utah invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Humanities. The College comprises seven academic departments—Communication, English, History, World Languages and Culture, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Writing and Rhetoric Studies—along with nine interdisciplinary centers and eight interdisciplinary programs, with a total budget over $43m, more than 170 tenured and tenure-line faculty, 85 full- and part-time staff, 2500 undergraduate majors, and 400 graduate students. The Dean will serve for a five-year renewable term, commencing July 1, 2018.

Among the qualities we seek in a Dean are:

  • A distinguished record as a scholar and educator
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills
  • A commitment to faculty governance
  • Effective fundraising and community engagement
  • A strong and demonstrated commitment to diversity

The Dean reports to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Applications, including a CV and a letter describing the candidate’s interest and qualifications, and a list of references should be submitted to https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/69997. Confidential inquiries can be directed to the search committee co-chairs, Robin Jensen at r.e.jensen@utah.edu and Alberta Comer at alberta.comer@utah.edu. The search committee will review applications on a rolling basis beginning November 6, 2017, and will continue to receive applications until the position is filled.

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.  Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified veterans.  Reasonable disability accommodations will be provided with reasonable notice.  For additional information:

http://www.regulations.utah.edu/humanResources/5-106.html

Inquiries about University nondiscrimination and disability accommodation policies may be made to the University’s Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action,201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm. 135, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.  (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD).

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underserved students. The College of Humanities is committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups; strives to recruit faculty who will further enhance our diversity; and makes every attempt to support their academic, professional, and personal success while they are here. The College and University recognize that a diverse faculty benefits and enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community.

More information about the University of Utah and the College of Humanities can be found at www.utah.edu and http://humanities.utah.edu/.

 

PUBLIC AFFAIRS QUARTERLY – CFP RACE & PUBLIC POLICY

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Public Affairs Quarterly on
“Race and Public Policy”

This special issue will feature articles that bring philosophical analysis to bear on issues involving race and public policy.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to: affirmative action, racial profiling, the Black Lives Matter movement, hate speech, hate crimes, reparations for slavery and other historical injustices, implicit bias, race and health, race and medicine, race and technology, race and the criminal justice system, race and the environment, race and education, race and sports, race and ethnicity, race and immigration, race and identity, and race and inequality.

Submissions on any philosophical topic concerning race and public policy will be considered.   Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format and should be double-spaced and prepared for blind review. The journal prefers manuscripts of 6,000-9,000 words in length but articles outside these limits may still be considered.  Articles intended for consideration for inclusion in this issue should be submitted by December 31, 2018 via the journal’s online submission process at http://ojs.press.illinois.edu/index.php/paq/.  Questions about potential submissions should be directed to the Editor, David Boonin, at david.boonin@colorado.edu.

For further information go to:

 

Call For Papers for a Special Issue of Public Affairs Quarterly on “Race and Public Policy”

 

JOB – TT QUEENS U, CANADA – Epistemology, Social & Feminist Epistemology, AOC: Philosophy of Race or History of Philosophy

Tenure Track Position in the Department of Philosophy

 

The Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University invites applications for a Tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with specialization in epistemology, including, for example, social epistemology and feminist epistemology, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2018. Area of competence is open, though competence in the history of philosophy or the philosophy of race would be desirable.

 

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree completed at the start date of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are academic and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centred environment. The successful candidate will be required to make substantive contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

 

To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

 

A complete application consists of:

  • a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph);
  • a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);
  • a statement of research interests;
  • a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available); and,
  • three confidential letters of reference.

 

The deadline for applications is November 12, 2017.

 

Applicants are asked to apply via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/45815

 

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs.  If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Susanne Cliff-Jungling in The Department of Philosophy, at 613-533-6000 x77027 or s.cliff-jungling@queensu.ca.

 

Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), which is posted athttp://queensu.ca/facultyrelations/faculty-librarians-and-archivists/collective-agreement and at http://www.qufa.ca.

JOB – ARIZONA STATE U – ASST PROF – MIND OR METAPHYSICS

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, Tempe, AZ. (ASU JOB# 12143) The School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies invites applications for a full-time, tenure eligible Assistant Professor in Philosophy with an anticipated start date of August 2018. The successful candidate will be expected to: contribute to curriculum development; deliver instruction at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels; supervise honors, masters, and doctoral students; conduct research publishable in top-tier academic journals in the discipline; and participate in professional and university service.

Areas of Specialization (AOS): Contemporary Philosophy of Mind and/or Metaphysics (excluding Meta Ethics) (AOC): Open Required Qualifications: • PhD or equivalent in Philosophy or related discipline by time of appointment. • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching at the university level. • Demonstrated potential for excellence in research • Area of Specialization (AOS) in Contemporary Philosophy of Mind and/or Metaphysics Desired Qualifications: • Expertise in practical or applied philosophy that complements the School’s existing PhD program and its focus on practical and applied philosophy. For clarification of how we construe “applied” and “practical”, please see: https://shprs.asu.edu/content/philosophy-phd-0 • Ability to contribute to our online undergraduate program • Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities.

To guarantee full consideration, applicants must apply online at: http://apply.interfolio.com/45845 submitting complete Dossier which consists of the following: 1) a cover letter, stating qualifications; 2) a CV, clearly identifying areas of specialization and competence (ABD must include the extent to which the doctoral requirements have been completed and the expected date of completion of the remaining requirements); 3) at least three letters of reference; 4) a research statement; 5) evidence of teaching excellence; 6) a writing sample.

Applicant’s last name should appear in each uploaded file name. Cover letter can be addressed to Professor Steven Reynolds, Search Committee Chair. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at Steven.Reynolds@asu.edu Application deadline is November 19, 2017, 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time; if not filled, applications will be reviewed every week thereafter until search is closed. A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.

JOB – ARIZONA STATE U – ASST PROF – APPLIED MORAL, POLITICAL, SOCIAL, LEGAL

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, Tempe, AZ (ASU JOB# 12144) The School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies invites applications for a full-time, tenure eligible Assistant Professor in Philosophy with an anticipated start date of August 2018. The successful candidate will be expected to: contribute to curriculum development; deliver instruction at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels; supervise honors, masters, and doctoral students; conduct research publishable in top-tier academic journals in the discipline; and participate in professional and university service.

Areas of Specialization (AOS): Applied moral, political, social, or legal philosophy, broadly construed. Areas of Concentration (AOC): Open. As we are using it, ‘applied moral, political, social, or legal philosophy’ refers not only to the application of theories developed within moral, political, social, or legal philosophy to everyday problems or phenomena but also to the application of research produced by methods used in other disciplines in order to understand and address questions in moral, political, social, or legal philosophy (for example, experimental philosophy concerning issues in metaethics or normative ethics). Required Qualifications • PhD or equivalent in Philosophy or related discipline by time of appointment. • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching at the university level. • Demonstrated potential for excellence in research. • Area of Specialization (AOS) in applied moral, political, social, or legal philosophy, as broadly construed above. • Ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses that complement the School’s existing PhD program and its focus on practical and applied philosophy.

For related information, please see: https://shprs.clas.asu.edu/graduate/philosophy-0. Desired Qualification • Ability to contribute to our online undergraduate program. • Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities To guarantee full consideration, applicants must apply online at: http://apply.interfolio.com/45818 submitting a complete Dossier, including all of the following:

1) a cover letter, stating qualifications;

2) a CV, clearly identifying areas of specialization and competence (ABD must include the extent to which the doctoral requirements have been completed and the expected date of completion of the remaining requirements);

3) at least three letters of reference;

4) a research statement;

5) evidence of potential for excellence in teaching;

6) a writing sample.

Applicant’s last name should appear in the name of each uploaded file. Cover letters can be addressed to Professor Doug Portmore, Search Committee Chair. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at: dwportmore@gmail.com.

 

 

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of October 2017: David K. Chan

David K. Chan

Professor, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point


AOS: Ancient Greek and Roman, Applied Ethics, Bioethics/Medical Ethics, Moral Psychology, Normative Ethics, Philosophy of Action, Practical Reason

I began my philosophical career as a philosopher of action, and I still am. However, I am first and foremost a virtue ethicist, and my research projects follow Anscombe’s dictum in “Modern Moral Philosophy” to do philosophy of psychology before ethical theory. In pursuing my interest in a neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics, I am at the stage where I have completed my work in moral psychology, published in Action Reconceptualized: Human Agency and Its Sources (Lexington Books, 2016), and I am about to embark on developing my own version of virtue ethics. I also think there is an important third part in doing virtue ethics, which is its application in applied ethics. I am particularly interested in both medical ethics and the ethics of war, on which I have published Beyond Just War: A Virtue Ethics Approach (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). More recently, I have been working on issues in the ethics of new technologies in warfare, in particular, the use of drones.

Philosophers of action rightly do not develop theories of reason, intention, and motivation with ethical concerns in mind. But I do not think the widely shared assumption, that human action necessarily involves intentional action in one way or another, lends itself to an understanding of agency that is suitable for use in virtue ethics. I have argued that desire, understood as intrinsic desire, in contrast with intention, is what provides the basis for the ethical evaluation of agents in terms of their character. In fact, virtuous agents can and do act directly from desire without forming intentions to act. Moreover, I have made the case for there being a third category of actions, the non-intentional, alongside the intentional and the unintentional. Such actions are not done for reasons or in the course of doing something for reasons, and are exemplified by habitual actions, including the kind needed in the process of character formation. Yet this does not mean that the process is non-rational or that the desires acquired are brute forces that one can disown.

In previous work, I have sought to recapture two deontological principles for virtue ethics, namely the doctrine of double effect and the doctrine of doing and allowing. In my ethics of war book, I sought to replace the just war doctrine of rights and duties, with an approach that starts from the question, “Would a leader with courage, justice, compassion, and all the other moral virtues ever choose to engage in the great evil of war?” My answer is that war would be a tragic choice for such a leader, and in choosing to bring about the evils of war, the leader’s good character is adversely affected. What I will be doing in developing a virtue theory is to provide criteria for goodness of character, and to explain how practical wisdom is exercised by virtuous agents in a way that does not depend on the application of rules or the comparison of alternatives in terms of a single value.

TT JOB – Ethics – U Santa Barbara


Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Ethics, Department of Philosophy

 

APPOINTMENT: July 1, 2018

AOS: Ethics (construed broadly)

AOC: Open

REQUIREMENTS: The minimum requirement to be considered an applicant is a PhD in Philosophy or related field OR the completion of all requirements for a PhD in Philosophy or a related field (or equivalent degree) except the dissertation (or equivalent) at the time of application.

DEADLINE: To ensure full and primary consideration, all application materials must be received by November 1, 2017. Reference letter submissions are also strongly encouraged by this date. The position will remain open until filled.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: A complete application will include a letter of application, CV, writing sample, dissertation abstract or research statement, teaching statement, evidence of teaching excellence, and at least three letters of recommendation. All application materials must be submitted online at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01088. For your letters of recommendation you will be asked to submit the names and email addresses of your references. The online system will then contact your references with instructions about how to upload their letters. All application materials should be in a standard electronic form, preferably pdf. Fax and mail applications cannot be accepted.

Inquiries may be addressed to philsearch201718@philosophy.ucsb.edu. For additional information about the Department of Philosophy see http://www.philosophy.ucsb.edu.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

University of Utah – ASST Prof & POST DOC

Assistant Professor – University of Utah

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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, SALT LAKE CITY, UT – ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: The Department of Philosophy seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2018. We are seeking applicants with an AoS in Applied Ethics. “Applied ethics” here is broadly construed to include work in philosophy of science, philosophy of medicine, bioethics, research ethics, socially engaged philosophy of science, philosophy of race, research reproducibility/replicability, or other related areas. Our ideal candidate will become an active member of the School of Medicine’s Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, a long-standing and important partner of the Department of Philosophy. Teaching load for tenure track faculty at the University of Utah is two courses per semester and includes a mix of undergraduate and graduate teaching. Given teaching needs associated with the Department’s goal of developing a new ‘Philosophy of Science’ major, candidates capable of teaching research ethics are particularly attractive.

The Department values its top-ranking in terms of percent of women appointed in tenure line positions (see: women-in-philosophy.org), and is committed to pursuing the benefits that such inclusiveness can bring to philosophical inquiry and the classroom. We enthusiastically welcome applications from candidates who share these values, and who possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students and can help the Department recruit these students as Philosophy Majors. Information pertaining to these issues should be included in your cover letter.

Applicants should provide a CV; cover letter; research statement; teaching statement; writing sample; and at least three letters of recommendation. Review of files will begin November 1.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

 

Post-Doctoral Fellow – University of Utah

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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, SALT LAKE CITY, UT – POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW: The Department of Philosophy seeks to fill our department’s Sterling M. McMurrin Postdoctoral Fellowship. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to a campus-wide initiative on “Research Reproducibility.” That may include, but not be limited to, work on scientific reproducibility, the replication crisis, scientific fraud, statistical methodologies, research ethics, or other relevant topics. This will involve engaging with interdisciplinary working groups on this topic that includes researchers from the Health Sciences, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Library Sciences, etc. The successful applicant will also be expected to teach a one-credit, one-week course in June 2019 that coincides with an annual workshop on “Research Reproducibility” (co-sponsored with the University’s Eccles Health Sciences Library and Senior Vice President for Research).

AOS is open, though applicants are asked to address how they will engage with the campus-wide initiative on “Research Reproducibility” in their cover letter. Otherwise, we are excited for applicants that are eager to be an active part of the research life of our program. This is a one-year position, starting July 1, 2018, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

The Department values its top-ranking in terms of percent of women appointed in tenure line positions (See: women-in-philosophy.org), and is committed to pursuing the benefits that such inclusiveness can bring to philosophical inquiry and the classroom. We enthusiastically welcome applications from candidates who share these values, and who possess a strong commitment to creating and maintaining an inclusive research environment that welcomes and supports a diverse group of researchers.

Applicants should provide a CV; cover letter; research statement; writing sample; and at least three letters of recommendation. Review of files will begin November 1, though files are welcome until the position is filled.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135(801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

 

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of September 2017: Quayshawn Spencer

Quayshawn Spencer

Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania


AOS: Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of Science

My research focuses on topics that lie in the philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, and philosophy of race. The overlapping theme is that I work on philosophical issues having to do with classification. In philosophy of science, I have worked on the issue of what is the nature of a natural kind (understood as a real kind in the natural sciences). The theory I have developed is that natural kinds are plausibly thought of as “genuine kinds,” where a genuine kind is a metaphysically neutral competitor to traditional natural kinds, at least with respect to the scientific realism debate. This work has been published in Catherine Kendig’s (2016) “Natural Kinds and Classification in Scientific Practice.”

In philosophy of biology, I have worked on the issue of what is the nature of a biological population in evolutionary biology. In this work, I have defended “population pluralism” in an indirect way by articulating “K population theory,” which is a theory about what ‘population’ means when population geneticists talk about “continental populations” of humans. This work is in a 2016 issue of Philosophy of Science.

Last, but not least, in philosophy of race, I have worked on various issues in the metaphysics of race. In particular, I have defended a particular view of what ‘biological racial realism’ should mean, which appeared in Philosophical Studies in 2012. But also, I’ve advanced an actual defense of biological racial realism, which appeared in a 2014 issue of Philosophy of Science. Finally, I am working on three books in the philosophy of race. The first is The Race Debates from Metaphysics to Medicine (under contract with Oxford University Press), which is an edited volume that gets metaphysicians of race and scholars in the biomedical race debate to engage with one another. There will be many fantastic contributors, such as Naomi Zack, Joshua Glasgow, Robin Andreasen, Noah Rosenberg, Dorothy Roberts, Sarah Tishkoff, and many others. The second is Four Views on Race (under contract with Oxford University Press), which is a dialogue between myself, Joshua Glasgow, Sally Haslanger, and Chike Jeffers on the nature and reality of race.  The last is tentatively titled, A Radical Solution to the Race Problem, which is an attempt to defend “radical racial pluralism” as the correct metametaphysical position to take about the structure of the correct race theory for US race talk.

Assistant Professor Position – Butler University

BUTLER UNIVERSITY

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Tenure-Track – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Position Overview

The Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Classics at Butler University seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor whose area of specialization is contemporary social and political philosophy and ethics, and whose scholarly interests involve critical reflection on social justice and diversity, and applied ethics. Teaching competency in some of the following is also desirable: the history of ethics and social/political philosophy, international ethics, ethics of war and peace, philosophy of law, philosophy of race/class/gender, and ethics in non-western traditions.

In addition to the undergraduate philosophy program, candidates would be expected to regularly teach courses in Butler’s First Year Seminar and/or Global and Historical Studies programs (parts of Butler’s core curriculum), and to contribute to one or more of the college’s interdisciplinary programs: International Studies; Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies; and Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies. The candidate will also be expected to help lead the department’s Ethics minor. The successful candidate will display clear indications of being a program builder with an interest in helping grow the number of Philosophy/Ethics majors and minors, and will demonstrate an inspiring enthusiasm for undergraduate teaching. Teaching load is 3/3. Candidates should expect to complete their PhD by August 1st, 2018.

Apply

Applicants must submit the following: a CV; a one- or two-page cover letter briefly outlining research interests and teaching philosophy/experience; unofficial transcripts; three letters of recommendation; a writing sample; thorough evidence of teaching experience/excellence (evaluations, detailed statement of teaching philosophy etc.).

Direct search inquiries to Tiberiu Popa (tpopa@butler.edu), chair of the search committee. Please have complete applications and letters of recommendation e-mailed to Claudia Johnson (ckjohns1@butler.edu) by October 22, 2017.

Butler University is committed to enhancing the diversity of the student body and our faculty and staff. In addition, hiring decisions are made on the basis of an individual’s qualifications, past experience, overall performance, and other employment-related criteria. Butler University, founded by abolitionists, provides equal opportunities for employment and advancement for all individuals, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.  Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

POST-DOC U MICHIGAN – DUE OCT 2, 2017

Editorial Comment from the UPDirectory manager: This is an important opportunity for young philosophers to have a two year post-doc with the prospects of movement to the tenure track at U Michigan.

LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Fellowship Period: August 1, 2018 – July 31, 2020 Application Deadline: Monday, October 2, 2017 The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan invites applicants to our LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This major initiative is aimed at promoting an inclusive scholarly environment, recruiting and retaining exceptional early career scholars, and supporting outstanding scholars committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive intellectual community. The program is administered by the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) at the University of Michigan.

The two-year fellowship program provides early career scholars with dedicated research time, mentorship, teaching experience, travel funding, and professional development opportunities to prepare them for possible tenure-track appointments in LSA. Candidates whose scholarship, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals of LSA are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: Applications are welcome from any field represented in LSA academic departments. Review committees will evaluate applicants according to their potential for success in an academic career and contribution to higher education through their demonstrated commitment to diversity. To be eligible, applicants’ doctoral degrees should be completed between January 1, 2015 and July 1, 2018. Applicants in the fields of Economics and Political Science must complete their doctoral degree by July 1, 2019. Individuals awarded a Ph.D. from U-M, or currently holding a postdoctoral or faculty position at U-M, are not eligible. Application: LSA invites scholars to apply between July 18, 2017 and October 2, 2017.

Additional program and application information can be found on LSA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website: http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/about/diversity–equity-and-inclusion/lsa-collegiatepostdoctoral-fellowship-program.html; Inquiries may be directed to lsacollegiatepostdoc@umich.edu.

 

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of August 2017: George Yancy

George Yancy

Professor of Philosophy, Emory University


AOS: African American Philosophy, Philosophy of Race

As an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, my initial passion was for sense data theory after philosopher Wilfrid Sellars directed my honors thesis on this aspect of Bertrand Russell’s work. After doing graduate work at Yale, I became interested in questions of hermeneutics, especially its impact on science and questions of how our judgments are mediated by paradigms and communities of intelligibility. I was influenced by the work of Kuhn, Feyerabend, Hesse, Bloor, Barnes, Lipton, and Laudan. I moved beyond the question of the “givenness” of perceptual objects to the ways in which objects are inextricably linked to discourse and how our historical situatedness impacts our epistemological horizons. There was a short distance to philosophical inquiries related to race as embodied, as “given,” as culturally and historically embedded, and as linked to our fundamental modes of being in the world (our assumptions, motility, grieving, loving, and subtle sensorial engagements). Sellars’ influence is still present. He argued that philosophy aims to comprehend how things (cabbages and kings, numbers, duties, possibilities, finger snaps, aesthetic experience, and death) in the broadest possible sense hang together in the broadest possible sense. Surely, “race” is one of those “things,” one that is far more existentially turbulent, politically and socially urgent, than either finger snaps or cabbages.

My work engages questions regarding the lived experience of race and how it is an embodied phenomenon that is enacted at the socially complex quotidian level of our experiences. My approach engages how the “raced body” is linked to discursive and affective sedimentation, and how the “reality” of race, while socially constituted, functions as a powerful political, social, juridical, and existential vector, one that has a lived status that impacts bodies differentially as raced. More recently, my work has focused on whiteness, its structural invisibility, its embodied normativity, its spatial motility, the opacity of white psychic life, and the embedded nature of whiteness, which raises questions of white complicity and white racism.

My current work provides a vocabulary for rethinking whiteness as a possible site of unsuturing, which I theorize as an experience of profound risk and mourning the abandonment of veils that white people are afraid to live without. Suturing, then, has deep epistemological and phenomenological implications for living a life of bad faith and ontological closure. Unsuturing is a practice that implies a radical vulnerability that has deep implications for questions about how we fail or succeed at dwelling within shared spaces.

I see my work in the above areas as linked to African American philosophy. Here, I work on issues related to the nature of philosophy and standpoint epistemology, Black Erlebnis, early African American philosophers, questions of African American resistance, and ways of theorizing African American modes of knowledge production and world-making.

Finally, I have a deep passion, which manifests for me in the form of a specific mood of suffering, for understanding the meaning of death, the existence or nonexistence of God, and the meaning of why we are here at all.

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of July 2017: Natalia Washington

Natalia Washington

McDonnell Postdoctoral FellowWashington University in Saint Louis


AOS: Bioethics/Medical Ethics, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology

My research is situated within the scope of empirically informed philosophy of mind, psychology, and cognitive science. This growing trend and its interdisciplinary aspirations are vital to my central project: Using the conceptual and critical tools of philosophy, I seek to understand how human minds are both shaped by and integrated with our physical and social environments. Ultimately, I believe that appreciation of these perspectives—what are sometimes called ‘externalist’ or ‘ecological’ viewpoints—and their normative implications can inform and improve human lives.

As an ecologically-minded philosopher, I have had the opportunity to pursue work on implicit racial biases and social cognition, and work in the philosophy of psychiatry. In a paper published with Daniel Kelly, “Who’s Responsible for This?” I investigate how the shape of our epistemic environment mediates blame and responsibility for bias, and in another with Nicolae Morar, “Implicit Cognition and Gifts” these issues are brought into the practical arena of the interaction between doctors and the medical industry. More recently, I have been investigating the theoretic and conceptual foundations of psychiatry as a science and as an evaluative system, and recent attempts to negotiate the tricky philosophical territory where the normative and descriptive meet. Two examples: First, in “Culturally Unbound”, published last year in Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology (PPP), I take up the question of so-called culturally bound syndromes, and argue that reliance on conceptions of ‘normal’ or ‘universal’ human nature hinders the taxonomization of mental disorders. Second, in “Contexualism as a Solution to Paternalism in Psychiatric Practice”, also forthcoming from PPP, I argue that what it means to be mentally ill or mentally healthy must be grounded in the concerns and interests individual patients. I am presently developing these critiques into a more general worry about how theorists and researchers in many domains rely on ‘naturalized norms’–explanations which depend on statistical typicality as a scientifically grounded source of normativity.

In the future I plan to extend my research in philosophy of psychiatry in an attempt to build a rigorous understanding of the concept of mental health—one that makes room for individual differences in values, and in what is in our best interest when it comes to the quality of our mental lives. This is exciting to me not only because of its theoretical connections to concepts of the good life, but because I hope my project will help shape future discussions of mental illness in clinical and practical arenas as well.

 

PART-TIME JOB – U of West Georgia

The Philosophy Program at the University of West Georgia (Carrollton, GA) is seeking a part-time instructor to teach a section of Introduction to Ethics in Fall 2017 (MW morning schedule).  We may be able to add a second section.

Applicants should have completed at least 18 hours of graduate course work in philosophy.  Questions and applications can be sent via e-mail to Dr. Walter Riker (wriker@westga.edu).  Applications should include a letter of intent and curriculum vitae.