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JOB – VISITING ASST PROF – RACE, GENDER, APPLIED ETHICS – U ARKANSAS

The University of Arkansas invites applicants for a nine-month Visiting Assistant Professor position, renewable for up to three years, in the Department of Philosophy. Duties will include teaching six courses per year, undergraduate and graduate; engaging in some thesis supervision and usual non-teaching duties, for example, committee work; and pursuing an active research program.  AOS: Open but we are particularly interested in Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of Gender, and Applied Ethics.   AOC: Same as AOS.

 

The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

 

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Completed applications received by May 22, 2017 will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position. 

 

Applicants must submit a  cover letter/letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research philosophy, and names, titles, email addresses, and contact numbers of three professional references willing to provide letters of reference to: http://jobs.uark.edu/postings/20132

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity institution committed to achieving diversity in its faculty. Therefore, the university is especially interested in applications from qualified candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our academic departments. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act and persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of May 2017: Jennifer M. Morton

Jennifer M. Morton

Assistant ProfessorCity College-CUNY


AOS: Moral Psychology, Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Education, Social and Political Philosophy

Most of my recent work has been in philosophy of education and action. These areas might seem unrelated, but it’s only recently that I’ve realized that there is a theme that unifies my work. In essence, I’m interested in thinking about how our messy non-ideal world collides with the pristine, sharp, and idealized tools of philosophical thinking. I’m currently working on two projects that fit under that rubric.

The first is a critique of theories of rationality that take the principles of practical reasoning to be universal principles that can be derived a priori. This work really started with my dissertation at Stanford under Michael Bratman, but I have continued to pursue it in light of recent social science that concerns the decision making of people who live in poverty. I argue that when decision makers are facing severe resources scarcity it does not make sense for them to engage in the kind of long-term practical thinking that is often held as the mark of rational agency by philosophers. The practical thinking of those who are in extreme poverty, I suggest, will look quite different than that of middle-class philosophy professors who have the time and resources to think about their long-term decisions. Both, I suggest, are rational given their different contexts. One consequence of my argument is that it urges philosophers to cultivate humility when they make judgments about the rationality of distant others who are in quite different conditions.

The second project concerns the ethics of upward mobility. For a few years now, I have been interested in the value conflicts that those on the path of upward mobility face, in particular, when they are trying to maintain one foot in their community back home while trying to adapt to a new community at school or at work. My interest in this topic really crystallized into a research area while teaching at City College. CUNY is an engine of upward mobility for a large number of first-generation college students in the New York area. I’m in awe of my students. They work so hard to balance their commitments to their families and communities with their commitment to their education. These conflicts are the result of unjust background conditions that do not affect all students equally. But to understand how these conflicts are embedded in social and economic conditions, we need to turn to the social science literature on inequality. For the book I’m currently writing on this topic, I also conducted interviews with people who were themselves first-generation college students. These conversations gave me such a rich insight into the topic that I could not have gained by just reading philosophy or even sociology. So recently I have been thinking more and more about how conversations with non-philosophers should be a part of philosophy more often, in particular, when the topic concerns groups that are not as well-represented in our profession.

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of April 2017: Monique Wonderly

Monique Wonderly

Post-Doc, Princeton University


Monique_sm2AOS: Applied Ethics, Bioethics/Medical Ethics, Ethics, Moral Psychology, Philosophy of Love and Sex

Broadly speaking, I am interested in puzzles at the intersection of ethics and the emotions. Exploring such puzzles often leads my research in an interdisciplinary direction – much of my work incorporates insights from other fields, including: neuroscience, psychology, the technological sciences, and education. I am especially concerned to investigate how the emotional ties that bind us to other persons and objects help to shape ethical norms and guide moral deliberation. I have published in the areas of ethics, philosophy of emotion, and history of philosophy.

In June 2015, I defended my dissertation on emotional attachment. I identified what I call “security-based attachment” as a philosophically neglected, yet rich and ubiquitous phenomenon, and I developed an account of its nature and value. Roughly, this type of attachment is marked by a felt need of its object and an integral connection between engagement with that object and the attached agent’s sense of security. After articulating its key marks and distinguishing it from related phenomena (e.g., caring), I showed that security-based attachment has important implications for understanding emotion and agency. Specifically, I argued that this attitude illuminates both the specific types of relationship that undergird warranted grief and the particular brands of affect and agential impairment characteristic of grief’s phenomenology. I also argued that contra strong disinterested concern views of love, security-based attachment represents a type of self-interestedness that is not only permissible in, but essential to, some kinds of love.

My research at Princeton will focus on questions concerning moral agency and ethical treatment that arise when considering certain attachment-related pathologies, including psychopathy and (some forms of) addiction. For examples: How might psychopaths’ emotional deficits impact their moral responsibility and/or rights of autonomy? If a “cure” were discovered, could we be justified in forcing a psychopath to undergo treatment against his or her will? How might a theory of emotional attachment inform our understanding of the structure of agency in addiction? What implications would such a theory have for treating addicted agents and holding them accountable for moral and legal infractions?

In the near future, I anticipate making further contributions to the literatures on the metaphysics of emotion (especially, on topics related to trust, forgiveness, and hope) and the normativity of special relationships. Finally, I would also like to do more work in the history of philosophy, where my interests include: Nietzsche – and in particular, his views on morality and the emotions, the 18th century British moralists, Asian philosophy, and Ancient philosophy.

JOB – 1 YR ASST PROF – ETHICS, SOCIAL and POLITICAL, PHIL OF LAW – VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH

Term Assistant Professor. Full-time position one-year, renewable starting August 16, 2017. AOS: Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, within the contemporary analytic tradition. Ph.D. in Philosophy by August 1, 2017. Preference will be given to applicants with clear evidence of teaching effectiveness. Please apply online athttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/61455, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, teaching evaluations (if available) and contact information for at least three references. Applications completed by April 12, 2017 or earlier are guaranteed consideration, but later applications may be considered at the discretion of the hiring committee. We will recruit a candidate with demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU. Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of March 2017: Tina Rulli

Tina Rulli

Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis


10527692_10153091261912571_1045188497882742526_nAOS: Applied Ethics, Bioethics/Medical Ethics, Child, Family, Parenting, and Reproduction Ethics, Ethics, Normative Ethics

My dissertation was the launch pad for my diverse research agenda. I argued for a duty of prospective parents to adopt children rather than create them. We ought to provide critical benefits to existing people rather than create new people to give those benefits to instead. My research touches on the following issues: population ethics and the value of creation; the scope and force of the duty to rescue; limits to the demands of morality and the possibility for moral options to do less than the best; and the moral significance of genetic relatedness.

I’m working on a population ethics question that arises in the adoption/procreation choice, but is also relevant to immigration and population policy. Why should we spend resources on creating new lives and benefiting those lives when there are so many existing people in critical need of those same resources? Or rather, how should we decide in cases of conflict between saving lives or creating lives? I argue that we ought to prioritize benefits to those in critical need over the creation of new people, even on the assumption that creation can be a benefit. The challenge for this argument is to avoid the pitfalls of moral actualism—the view that only actual people matter morally.

I am also writing on what I call “conditional obligations.” Conditional obligations arise when although some action A is merely optional, if an agent chooses A, she is required to do optimal B rather than some other beneficial action C, where C is better than not doing A at all. An example: it may be optional for a company to open a factory in a developing country. But if they do so, they must open a factory that meets labor standards rather than open a sweatshop. This is the case even though opening the sweatshop on the whole would bring about more good than not opening a factory at all. I examine a range of such cases and argue that this obligation structure is not incoherent and should be expected in moral theories that embrace moral permissions to do less than the best.

My past research in bioethics focused on applications of the duty to rescue in clinical research and medical contexts. Recently, I’ve been writing on the ethics of mitochondrial replacement techniques—novel in vitro fertilization methods that allow women with mitochondrial disease to have genetically-related children by using a donor egg and mitochondria in the creation of their children. I argue that proponents of the technology misleadingly claim that the technology is life-saving and mistakenly assume that the preference for genetic relatedness is significantly valuable enough to justify public investment in the technology.

Many philosophers may think that practical ethics is derivative—that we figure out the normative theoretical work and then apply it to concrete issues. My research experience has proven to me that ethics can work in the other direction: reflection on practical ethics can provide fruitful insight on the theoretical issues.

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of February 2017: Ronald Robles Sundstrom

Ronald Robles Sundstrom

Professor and Philosophy Department ChairUniversity of San Francisco


AOS: Philosophy of Race, African American Philosophy, and Social and Political Philosophy

The intersections within and between social identifications, including their mixing and conflict, is subject to formation and utilization by political power. This occurs within social contexts, thick with their own histories. Those forces form ethical and racial identifications, and how individuals and groups, who are ascribed with those identifications, are conceived and conceive of themselves. Those same forces also frame how societies imagine, and work toward or against, social justice. 

This set of ideas about racialization has influenced my teaching, research, and serivce of my academic commitments. Most of my writing has been concerned with the ethics, politics, and ontology of racial and ethnic identities. I  specifically focused on Black, mixed race, and Asian American identities in my articles on race. The position I took on their ontological status was that they were both socially constructed and real, and the normative stance I took, especially in regards to the controversies around mixed-race (biracial, multiracial, or mixed) identities was that they too were real and that they were ethically possible identities.

In addition to that line in my research, I wrote about prominent figures in the history of African American political theory, such as Frederick Douglass, Anna Julia Cooper, and W.E.B. DuBois. I gave particular attention to Douglass’ intellectual legacy, especially his arguments for abolition, his anti-slavery reading of the U.S. Constitution, as well as his conceptions of Black resistance, and assimilation and amalgamation. Douglass is an icon in Black political theory, but his ideas were equally important contributions to the history of political theory in general, and specifically to civic republicanism, liberalism, and egalitarianism. His views of social justice, national belonging, and integration, along with those of Du Bois and Cooper, shapes my examinations and wary promotion of those, and related social and political, ideas as is evident in my book, The Browning of America and the Evasion of Social Justice.

These currents flow through my on-going work on the idea and ideal of integration and its place egalitarian liberal theories of justice. I consider different conceptions of integration, and how it relates to desegregation and its purported opposite, segregation. 

The sort of integration I discuss is primarily residential and is centered on the history of segregation, desegregation, and integration, along with the continuing controversies over fair and affordable housing in Oakland and San Francisco. This analysis opens up questions about how integration is also related to other fraught ideas (colorblindness, post-racialism, assimilation, and multiculturalism) and to ongoing social crises (residential and education segregation, housing inequality, and gentrification). And this leads ultimately to the question of whether, and to what degree, integration is a worthy or legitimate normative ideal and practical social and political goal in a just, well-ordered democratic society.

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of January 2017: Susanna Siegel

Susanna Siegel

Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University


 AOS: Epistemology, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, Social and Political Philosophy

My work focuses on the nature of perception and its roles in reasoning and action. My first book, The Contents of Visual Experience, was about that nature of conscious visual perception. It investigated what this form of perception can inform (or misinform) us about reality. I argued that visual experiences can represent (and misrepresent) complex properties such as kind properties, causal properties, and personal identity. In subsequent work I’ve investigated how the psychological precursors of perceptual experiences, such as fears, beliefs, desires, and prejudice, can influence perception.

My second book The Rationality of Perception argues that perceptual experiences themselves, along with the routes by which we come to have them, can be appraised as epistemically better or worse. I came to this view by considering possible cases lumped under the broad category of ‘cognitive penetration’ – a label that is used so widely that it encompasses many different phenomena. For instance, suppose a person’s racist outlook (whether implicit or explicit) leads them to perceive a threatening man with a gun, when in fact what they’re seeing is a boy playing in a playground. If the racist outlook comes to be baked in to the perceptual experience, can the perceiver end up with a reasonable belief about what he sees, just by believing his eyes? I think the answer is No.

But if in this case it isn’t reasonable to believe one’s eyes, why not? Many answers to this question could be given. My answer is that it’s not reasonable because the perceptual experience itself is as unreasonable as the racist outlook it. This position has a lot of explaining to do. Does anything in the nature of experience preclude its being epistemically appraisable? How can perception ever play the role of allowing us to check our beliefs against reality? What distinguishes between the psychological influences on perception that are epistemically good and the ones that are epistemically bad? I address these questions in The Rationality of Perception, published in 2017 by Oxford University Press. 

In addition to research in epistemology and the philosophy of mind, I have taught courses in political philosophy for the program in the General Education.  In the summer of 2016, I directed a 4-week summer institute with Nico Silins on Presupposition and Perception: Reasoning, Ethics, Politics, and Aesthetics. I’m also committed to fostering analytic philosophy in Spanish, and together with Diana Acosta, Laura Pérez, and Patricia Marechal, I’ve hosted a series of philosophy workshops in Spanish at Harvard in recent years.

VISITING RESEARCH FELLOW – MURPHY INSTITUTE – Dec 31 deadline!

The Murphy Institute at Tulane University  has extended its  application deadline for 2017-2018 Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Faculty Fellowships/Visiting Research Professorships. The new deadline is December 31, 2016.

 

To apply for these fellowships, please visit https://apply.interfolio.com/37091, scroll down, and click the “Apply Now” button. Application is free of charge for all applicants by using this link.

 

These fellowships are available to support outstanding faculty whose teaching and research focus on ethics, political philosophy, political theory, or questions of moral choice in areas such as, but not restricted to, business, government, law, economics, and medicine.

 

While fellows will participate in conferences and seminars organized by the Murphy Institute, they will be expected to devote most of their time to conducting their own research. Faculty Fellows are normally appointed as Visiting Research Professors. As Visiting Research Professors, they receive a salary of 65,000 USD and are eligible for Tulane University health insurance.

 

Applicants should hold a doctorate or equivalent research degree in philosophy, political theory, or a related discipline at the time of application. Applicants should also have a full-time college or university appointment at the time of application. Full-time faculty at all ranks are invited to apply.

 

Tulane University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/persons with disabilities/veterans employer committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities or veterans. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

 

For more information on the application process,  please visit our website page at  http://murphy.tulane.edu/news/archives/1498 or contact Margaret Keenan, the Assistant Director,  at mkeenan@tulane.edu.  For more information on the Murphy Institute’s Center for Ethics and Public Affairs, please visit http://murphy.tulane.edu/programs/center.

 

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of December 2016: Tommie Shelby

Tommie Shelby

Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African & African American Studies and of Philosophy, Harvard University


AOS: African American Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Race, Social and Political Philosophy

My primary research interests are in social, political, and legal philosophy. Most of my work has centered on questions of social justice with a particular focus on race and class. I give close attention to the history, socio-cultural life, and plight of peoples of African descent in the United States. My writings tend to be interdisciplinary, rooted in the concerns of philosophy but reaching out to and drawing on history, sociology, political science, and literary and cultural studies.

My first book, “We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity,” examines the conceptual presuppositions and normative underpinnings of African American political unity and collective action. I interrogate and explain the relationship between the ideas of race, social identity, and group solidarity within the practice of African American politics from slavery to the present. Drawing on insights from the black radical tradition, I provide a defense of the continuing relevance of black solidarity in the post-civil rights era.

In various essays, I’ve explored how we should think about racism and what makes it wrong or morally troubling, with a view toward understanding the normative foundations of antiracist thought and activism. I’ve also developed and defended Marx’s ideas about ideology and exploitation and shown their relevance for contemporary debates in political philosophy.

I have strong research and teaching interests in the history of African American political thought. I have written articles and book chapters about such canonical figures as David Walker, Martin Delany, W.E.B. Du Bois, Richard Wright, and Martin Luther King Jr. I’m particularly interested in how some black thinkers have drawn on the traditions of liberalism, Marxism, and black nationalism to develop a distinctive and powerful response to a world shaped by the practice of white supremacy.

In my most recent book, “Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform,” I examine the thorny questions of political morality raised by poor black neighborhoods in the United States. Should government foster integrated neighborhoods? If a “culture of poverty” exists, what interventions (if any) are justified? Should single parenthood among the black poor be avoided or deterred? Is voluntary non-work or street crime an acceptable mode of dissent? How should a criminal justice system respond to the law breaking of the oppressed? This book offers philosophical, empirically informed, practical answers, framed in terms of what justice requires of both a government and its citizens. It tries to show the value of careful philosophical reflection for social-scientific research and public policy.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Inclusion and Exclusion in Philosophy

CfP: Workshop “Inclusion and Exclusion in Philosophy”

20-22 June 2017
Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Website: https://inclusionexclusionphilosophy.wordpress.com/

*Topic and aim*

Specific social groups are underrepresented in many academic disciplines, including philosophy. The overall aim of the workshop is to gain a better understanding of how and to what extent:

– exclusionary social interactions shape the philosophical discipline.
– explicit (e.g., thematic or methodological) biases play a role in philosophy.
– implicit (e.g., thematic or methodological) biases play a role in philosophy.
– different social groups are affected by the identified exclusionary factors.
– the current environment of academic philosophy can be improved.

*Keynote Speakers*

– Liam Kofi Bright (Carnegie Mellon University)
– Kristie Dotson (Michigan State University)
– Kieran Healy (Duke University)
– Katharine Jenkins (University of Nottingham)

Deadline for submission of an abstract (max. 500 words) is 20 January 2017.
Notification of acceptance: 1 February 2017

Please send your abstract prepared for blind review as an e-mail attachment (.doc, .docx or .pdf) to exclusionworkshop2017@gmail.com.

If you have any questions regarding the conference please contact the organizers:
Anna Leuschner (anna.leuschner@philos.uni-hannover.de) or David Ludwig (d.j.ludwig@vu.nl)

PIKSI SUMMER INSTITUTES FOR UGRADS – Penn State and MIT/UMBoston

PIKSI 2017   A SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR UNDERGRADUATES

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, 2017

Graduate Assistants (PIKSI-Rock only) — JANUARY 31, 2017

For more information visit: piksi.org

PIKSI ROCK

Rock Ethics Institute/Penn State

Date: June 21-30, 2017

Director: Serene Khader

Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Theme: Philosophy and Social Justice

Speakers:

Linda Martín Alcoff

CUNY Graduate Center/Hunter College

José Medina 

Vanderbilt University

Kris Sealey

Fairfield University

 

PIKSI BOSTON

MIT/UMB

Date: June 20-27, 2017

Directors: Lisa Rivera

University of Massachusetts Boston

Keota Fields

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Speakers:

Sally Haslanger

MIT

Quayshawn Spencer

University of Pennsylvania

Michaela McSweeney

Boston University

Avery Archer

George Washington University

Jennifer Morton

CUNY

Jennifer Marusic

Brandeis University

Dilly Ninan

Tufts University

Lionel McPherson

Tufts 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 RYERSON U in Toronto – Non-Western Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy at Ryerson University (www.ryerson.ca/philosophy) in Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position will commence on July 1, 2017 (subject to budgetary approval).

The area of specialization is either (i) Non-Western Philosophy or (ii) Metaphysics and/or Epistemology. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Philosophy (or equivalent) by no later than June 30, 2017. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a variety of philosophy courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Candidates should have a strong research profile and/or evidence of an emerging scholarly record, evidence of high-quality teaching and student training, as well as capacity for collegial service.

We strongly encourage applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Ryerson University and our Department are strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to and meaningful experience with the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will be expected to demonstrate their ability to work with a diverse student population.

The Philosophy Department, consisting of 16 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.

Applicants should submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal at www.ryerson.ca/jobs. Applications should include the following components uploaded, in the following order, as a single PDF:

  • a letter of application
  • 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).

Applicants should arrange for at least two confidential letters of reference to be sent to Mr. Ryan Walters at r2walter@ryerson.ca.

Any inquiries regarding the Faculty Recruitment Portal can be sent to Mr. Lindsay Wiener, HR Consulting Advisor, at l2wiener@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.

Applicants are asked to indicate in their application if they are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Applications must be received by December 6, 2016. Confidential inquiries can be directed to David Hunter, Chair of the Departmental Hiring Committee (david.hunter@ryerson.ca). Mailed and emailed applications will not be accepted.

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

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed on the RFA collective agreement page. A summary of RFA benefits can be found on the RFA benefits page. The RFA’s website can be found at: www.rfanet.ca.

Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of November 2016: Linda Martín Alcoff

Linda Martín Alcoff

Professor, City University of New York: Hunter College and the Graduate Center


2016-03-18 18.54.56AOS: 19th & 20th Century Philosophy, African American Philosophy, Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Critical Theory, Epistemology, European Philosophy, Existentialism, Feminist Philosophy, Hermeneutics, Indigenous Philosophy, Metaphysics, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Education, Philosophy of Intersectionality, Philosophy of Gender, Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of the Americas, Post-Structuralism, Social and Political Philosophy

My recent scholarly work has concerned questions of social identities, such as race, ethnicity and gender, in terms of their status as social kinds and their epistemic and political relevance. I argue for a post-positivist realist approach to identities in general, and have looked extensively at the specific issues concerning gender identity, the concept of race, the formation of white identity, mixed race identities, and pan-Latino or Hispanic identity. I argue against eliminativism in regard to each of these, and address the idea that white identity should be abolished, and the differences between race and gender. The theory of social identity I develop includes both hermeneutic and phenomenological components, and argues that identities are organic, historically emergent formations in constant flux, incorrectly understood as created wholly by language or as ‘markers’ with little purchase on lived experience that can be transcended or repudiated. Some of the main philosophers that inform my work on identity are Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, Marx, and Gadamer. My work on identity overlaps with my recent concerns in feminist and social epistemology, including the epistemology of ignorance. I also work on the issue of sexual violence and questions concerning how to understand the experience of sexual violence given the social constitution of experience, the question of sexual norms and the limitations of consent, and also how best to foment effective collective resistance to sexual violence. This work has been an engagement with Foucault, both making use of his ideas as well as arguing against some aspects of his approach. I teach and write in the area of Latin American philosophy, particularly on the work on Enrique Dussel, Walter Mignolo, and José Carlos Mariátegui. This interest overlaps with general work I have been doing in decolonial philosophy, with a focus on what it would mean to decolonize epistemology and philosophy in general. The decolonial turn has helped to bring the category of race and colonialism into the center of our understanding of class formation and the emergence of capitalism as well as modern social philosophy. This requires a more intensive intersectional and contextual approach to ideas of all sorts to assess their genealogy, meanings, and effects. More information about my publications, including forthcoming ones, can be found on my website, as well as a number of my papers.

POST DOC FOR DIVERSITY – U MICHIGAN

LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Fellowship Period: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019

Application Deadline: November 7, 2016

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan is excited to

announce the LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, a major initiative aimed to

promote a diverse scholarly environment, encourage outstanding individuals to enter academia,

and support scholars committed to diversity.

This two-year fellowship program provides early career faculty with dedicated research time,

mentorship, travel funding, and professional development opportunities to prepare scholars for

possible tenure-track appointments in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Fellows

will teach one course each year.

LSA hopes for multiple fellows to be selected each year and placed throughout the College, so we

encourage wide dissemination of this announcement to networks in any LSA discipline.

Candidates whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity, equity, and

inclusion in LSA are encouraged to apply.

Program Description:

See a full description of the program on our diversity, equity, and inclusion website:

http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/about/diversity–equity-and-inclusion/lsa-collegiate-postdoctoral-
fellowship-program.html

Eligibility:

Review committees will evaluate applicants in all eligible fields according to their potential for

success in an academic career and potential to contribute to higher education through their

demonstrated commitment to diversity in scholarship and service. Applicants who will have

completed the doctoral degree no later than July 1, 2017 and no earlier than July 1, 2014 are

eligible to apply. Applicants in the fields of Economics and Political Science must complete their

doctoral degree by July 1, 2018. Individuals awarded a Ph.D. from U-M or currently holding a

postdoctoral or faculty position at U-M are not eligible. Candidates from any discipline within

LSA’s academic units are eligible to apply.

Application:

LSA invites scholars to apply beginning October 6, 2016, with the application closing November 7,

2016.

The application and instructions are available at: http://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/apply/1043

Contact:

The LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is administered by the National Center for

Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan. Inquiries may be sent to:

Devin Walker, National Center for Institutional Diversity, lsacollegiatepostdoc@umich.edu

NEW DATA ON WOMEN IN PHILOSOPHY

Check out this site with new data on women in philosophy!

 

women-in-philosophy.org

 

It is well established that women are under-represented in philosophy at all levels. There is also some data on the under-representation of women in philosophy journals. But better data is essential for setting targets and evaluating performance in attempting to improve the situation for women in the field. This project attempts to fill some of the gaps. It ranks about 100 departments in terms of the proportion of women on their faculty and looks at the number of women publishing in 20 top journals over several decades. How does yours perform?

 

To learn more check out our site women-in-philosophy.org and the introductory video.

 

JOBS – TT Chinese Philosophy – U Michigan

The University of Michigan invites applications for a tenure-track position in Chinese Philosophy beginning September 1, 2017. This position is held jointly between the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the Department of Philosophy.

 

All applicants should possess a high level of oral and reading proficiency in Chinese and supply evidence of a research program in Chinese Philosophy. Successful candidates are expected to teach a range of courses in Chinese thought, from introductory undergraduate lecture courses through graduate seminars; to supervise doctoral dissertations in Asian Languages and Cultures and in Philosophy; and to participate actively in the programs of the departments as well as in area studies initiatives within a larger university community that encourages interdisciplinary efforts.

 

The Ph.D. is expected at the time of appointment. Evidence of excellent teaching and research abilities is essential. Please submit a letter of application, CV, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, teaching evaluations (if available),  a statement of current and future research plans, representative publications or writing samples, and at least three letters of recommendation.  

 

Application materials must be submitted electronically. Please go to https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1050 to apply.

 

To be assured consideration, applications must be received by November 22, 2016.  This is a university year appointment. The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. All applications will be acknowledged.

 

JOB – TT AOS: Metaphysics, Mind, Language, Epist; AOC: Feminist Philosophy – Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, Assistant Professor. The Philosophy Department at Johns Hopkins University seeks to hire a relatively advanced Assistant Professor (at least two years beyond the Ph.D.). AOS: One or more sub-fields in analytic philosophy, such as Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind or Philosophy of Language, broadly understood (which could include the history of analytic philosophy). AOC: Open, but we have particular interest in feminist philosophy. Applications should include cover letter, CV, letters of reference, and writing sample. To ensure full consideration, applications should reach the department by November 10, 2016. Applications should be sent via Interfolio to https://apply.interfolio.com/37487. Any questions about the application process should be directed to Veronica Feldkircher-Reed at vfeldki1@jhu.edu. We plan to interview a shortlist of candidates by Skype in early-mid January, and to invite finalists to campus in late January and early February. Johns Hopkins University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Consistent with the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant.

JOBS – TT OPEN Virginia Commonwealth

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY, Richmond, VA

 

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor. Full-time, tenure-track position starting August 16, 2017. AOS and AOC: Open within the analytic tradition. Ph.D. in Philosophy by August 1, 2017. Preference will be given to applicants with clear evidence of scholarly productivity and teaching effectiveness. Please apply online at https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/56043, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample and contact information for at least three references. Applications completed by November 14th, 2016, or earlier are guaranteed consideration, but later applications may be considered at the discretion of the hiring committee. We will recruit a candidate with demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU. Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

JOB – TT Mount Holyoke – AOS open

The Department of Philosophy at Mount Holyoke College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin fall 2017. We seek a candidate with broad philosophical interests and a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate level in a liberal arts environment. The teaching load is four courses per year.

AOS is open, but we are especially interested in philosophy of mind (broadly construed). AOC is open, but we have teaching needs in introductory logic. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of strong teaching at the undergraduate level and experience mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. A doctorate (anticipated or completed) is required.

Applications must be made online at https://jobs.mtholyoke.edu/Please submit a cover letter addressing your interest in Mount Holyoke, your CV, a writing sample, evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as teaching evaluations, uploaded as one pdf), and three statements concerning (1) teaching philosophy, (2) research interests, and (3) mentoring a diverse student body. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference submitted on their behalf. We recommend early submission because electronic prompts to referees will be generated automatically (and letters of reference accepted) only after the completed application has been submitted. To be assured full consideration, applications should be completed by November 1, 2016. Please contact Natalina Tulik (ntulik@mtholyoke.edu) with any questions.

Mount Holyoke is an undergraduate liberal arts college for women with 2,200 students and 220 faculty.  Over half the faculty are women; one-fourth are persons of color.  Mount Holyoke College is located about 80 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River valley, and is a member of the Five College Consortium consisting of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts. 

Mount Holyoke College is committed to enriching the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff members.  Mount Holyoke seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse faculty who will contribute to the college’s academic excellence, diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and relevance in a global society.  In furtherance of academic excellence, the College encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented groups in the professoriate, including faculty of color, faculty with diverse gender identities, first generation college students, individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college due to exceptional talent and motivation in the face of adversity, such as societal, economic or academic disadvantages, and individuals with a demonstrated commitment to applying and including diverse backgrounds and perspectives to learning, scholarship, service, and leadership in the academy.

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of October 2016: Christine Marion Korsgaard

Christine Marion Korsgaard

Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy

Harvard University


Korsgaard.taglessAOS: Ancient Greek and Roman, Ethics, Meta-Ethics, Metaphysics, Moral Psychology, Normative Ethics, Philosophy of Action, Practical Reason, Social and Political Philosophy

I work on moral philosophy and its history, practical rationality, the nature of agency, personal identity, related issues in the philosophy of mind, and the ethics of our treatment of animals. In all of these areas, I draw on the ideas of Kant, Plato, and Aristotle: philosophers whose work I admire for its depth and systematicity. I am the author of four books. Creating the Kingdom of Ends (Cambridge, 1996) is a collection of papers on Kant’s moral philosophy and Kantian approaches to contemporary problems in moral philosophy. The Sources of Normativity (Cambridge, 1996) is an exploration of the development of modern views about the basis of obligation, culminating in a defense of the Kantian view. The Constitution of Agency (Oxford, 2008) is a collection of papers on practical reason and moral psychology. Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity, and Integrity (Oxford, 2009), is an account of practical reason and morality grounded in the nature of human agency. I am currently working on two books: Fellow Creatures, a book about the moral and legal standing of non-human animals, and The Natural History of the Good, a book about the place of value in nature.