Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Continental Philosophy
Department of Philosophy, George Mason University
|Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
|Continental Philosophy: Phenomenology
|Organization's reference number
|Position no. F9749z
|Fairfax, Virginia, United States
George Mason University seeks to hire a postdoctoral teaching fellow in continental philosophy with a specialization in Phenomenology, including an ability to teach one or more of such figures as Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas or Merleau-Ponty. We welcome applications from candidates who undertake phenomenological analysis of pressing issues of social, political, or global concern, as well as those engaged in critical phenomenology or pursuing phenomenology as it has been taken up in nonwestern traditions. An ability to teach Ancient Philosophy at undergraduate level would be of interest. The standard teaching load for this position is 2:2.
The position offers the opportunity to undertake postdoctoral research while developing a multifaceted teaching portfolio. The successful candidate will be assigned a selected set of mentors, to offer support in research, teaching, and professional development; will have access to professional development funds; and will be part of an interdisciplinary cohort of postdoctoral fellows supported by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. They will have opportunities to engage with colleagues in other departments and programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, including through George Mason’s Center for Humanities Research, and will have access to faculty mentors with expertise in public philosophy, including members of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy.
The position will begin August 2024. This is a 12 month position. The appointment is for one year, renewable up to three years.
George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
If you believe you meet the overall criteria for this position, but don’t necessarily check every box, please submit an application.
The successful candidate will:
Information about the University and Department:
George Mason University is a Carnegie Tier 1 Research [R1] institution located in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and is the largest public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a diverse student body. The University’s location facilitates faculty and student work linked to policy and other areas of public concern, as well as links to major cultural institutions and numerous non-profit organizations and NGOs.
The Department of Philosophy at George Mason is a pluralistic program that offers courses and produces scholarly research and public philosophy drawing on diverse philosophical approaches and traditions, including continental, Anglo-American and applied philosophy, and with a focus on social, ethical and political thought. The program offers a Masters degree, a major, and multiple minors including in Philosophy of Law, Ethics and AI, and Philosophy for Social Change. Our mission is to put philosophy to work to address key contemporary issues and enduring philosophical questions, to foster critically engaged citizens, and to enable students and faculty to engage with pressing matters of global and public concern. The department is also host to the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy.
Faculty in Philosophy are affiliated with other departments and programs across Mason, including: African and African American Studies; the Center for Advancing Human-Machine Partnership; the Center for Humanities Research; Cultural Studies; the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences; the Honors College; Philosophy; Politics and Economics; the Schar School of Policy and Government; Women and Gender Studies. To review potential faculty mentors, please visit the faculty profiles on our website.
|How to apply
For full consideration, applicants must apply for the Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Continental Philosophy at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload the following documents: a C.V.; a cover letter outlining the applicant’s record of teaching and scholarship, to include their future research plans; and a teaching portfolio to include: up to two syllabi, teaching evaluations where available, and a 1-page statement addressing the applicant’s approach to diversity in the classroom. Applicants should also submit the names and contact information for three references and should alert their referees that letters will be requested for candidates invited for a first-round interview. Candidates invited to interview will also be asked to provide further materials, including a writing sample.
|Web address to apply
|Deadline for full consideration:
December 8, 2023, 11:59pm EST
(applications under review)
|No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
|Web address for more information
|November 1, 2023, 9:01pm UTC
|Scheduled expiry date
|April 29, 2024, 6:44pm EST
|November 1, 2023, 9:01pm UTC
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