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Department of Philosophy invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing July 1, 2017


Area of specialization: Philosophy of Mind/Language  

Areas of competence: Open, but must be able to teach at least one of the following: political philosophy; philosophy of law; ancient philosophy; environmental philosophy; or feminist philosophy.


McMaster University is a research intensive university, and the Department of Philosophy has undergraduate philosophy degree programs (Honours, Combined Honours, B.A.), an M.A. program, and a Ph.D. program. In addition, the Department is home to a new Honours Degree Program in Justice, Political Philosophy and Law. The aims of this program are to foster a sophisticated understanding of the law and legal institutions that make up the social world in which we live and of the political and moral theories that address the value and justice of these institutions.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. by the time of the appointment and demonstrated excellence in teaching and research. Duties will include undergraduate and graduate teaching, the supervision of master’s and doctoral theses, and committee responsibilities. The normal teaching load in the Philosophy Department is two courses in each term, plus graduate supervision.

How to Apply 

Applicants application package should include; a letter of application, together with a curriculum vitae, a writing sample of no more than 25 pages, and a brief statement of teaching interests and philosophy, including evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Materials sent from applicants must be submitted through the University’s electronic portal at www.workingatmcmaster.ca/careers/. References accepted electronically emailed to: philmind@mcmaster.ca.  Queries should be addressed to Dr. Wil Waluchow, Acting Chair, Department of Philosophy at philmind@mcmaster.ca

Applications received by November 15, 2016 will be assured of full consideration, however, applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to reach the Department by the same date. For information about the Department of Philosophy, see http://philos.humanities.mcmaster.ca/ 

To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, however, all applications must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Employment Equity Statement 

McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection procedure, please contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247).

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Posted: September 29, 2016