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Associate Professor or Professor

Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, McGill University

Job category Senior faculty / Tenured, continuing or permanent
AOS Technology and Human Nature
AOS categories Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Computing
Philosophy of Science
Value Theory
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Start date August 1, 2021
Job description

Full-time tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor
Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Technology and Human Nature
Department of Philosophy
Faculty of Arts
McGill University

The Faculty of Arts at McGill University invites applications for the position of Stephen Jarislowsky Research Chair in Human Nature and Technology. This is a full-time tenured appointment made at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor in the Department of Philosophy.

We welcome applications from scholars who are making ground-breaking contributions to philosophical thinking about technology and its implications for the human being and for society. We are looking for a scholar with a deep understanding of technology at the cutting edge of cultural change, and a concern for the profound implications of those technologies for human life. We welcome applications from a wide range of research profiles, investigating areas such as (but not limited to): digital democracy; algorithmic bias and justice; transformations in the nature of human intelligence, embodiment, and selfhood; the ethics of big data; human enhancement; technology and gender. The successful applicant will be expected to maintain an outstanding program of research, to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to supervise undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. The normal teaching load will be three courses per year. The Chair will develop some of their own courses, targeting students in various disciplines and Faculties across the University. The Chair will also be an effective and dynamic mentor, and contribute to service in the department and University.

The Chair is a key piece of a planned expansion of the interdisciplinary study of the human, moral, and political significance of technological innovation to be organized and carried out under the framework of the Yan P. Lin Centre for the Study of Freedom and Global Orders in the Ancient and Modern Worlds. This will involve building research and training collaborations within the University to encourage inquiry into the meaning and consequences of technological innovation. It will involve developing a program of events and public outreach on these themes, and building collaborations with those engaged in technological innovation outside the university, particularly with stakeholders in the growing computer technology industry in Montreal.

Accordingly, the University particularly welcomes applications from scholars with a record of institutional leadership, the ability to make substantial contributions to some aspect of this interdisciplinary initiative, and the potential to act as an effective leader.

Nominees for the Chair must: be establishing themselves as outstanding and innovative world-class researchers whose accomplishments promise a major impact in their fields; have emerging or established reputations as international leaders in their fields; propose an original, innovative research program of the highest quality; attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers; and be prepared to establish connections with innovators of new technologies. Training or experience in an appropriate technical field is a significant advantage, as is an established record of institutional leadership and of research, training, and grant collaboration with scholars working in appropriate technical fields.

The position start date is August 1, 2021.

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter;
  • a one-page statement of vision for the Chair;
  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • a research dossier comprising a statement of research interests and a sample of academic writing (article-length);
  • evidence of excellence in teaching and excellent mentoring skills (maximum 10 pages total);
  • and three letters of reference. 

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Please apply online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/17311 .


Inquiries may be sent to the Search Committee Chair, Professor Hasana Sharp, at hasana.sharp@mcgill.ca.

For more information about the Department of Philosophy and the Yan P. Lin Centre, please visit our websites at: https://www.mcgill.ca/philosophy/ and https://www.mcgill.ca/lin-centre/.

McGill University is Canada’s most international university, with an outstanding record of scholarship in many fields. The main campus of the University is located in the centre of Montreal, a vibrant multicultural city in the French-speaking province of Québec. The language of instruction at McGill is English, but knowledge of French is an asset. The Department of Philosophy is diverse in its areas of research excellence and respectful of this diversity. We encourage applications from individuals who can contribute to this pluralism, who engage in conversations across traditional boundaries, and who can complement our existing research strengths.

Commitment to Equity and Diversity 

McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry. 

McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record. 

McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, this email or phone at 514-398-2477. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/17311
Deadline for full consideration: December 1, 2020, 11:59pm EST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Web address for more information http://www.mcgill.ca/philosophy
Contact name Professor Hasana Sharp, Search Committee Chair
Contact email
Time created October 1, 2020, 5:27pm EST
Scheduled expiry date April 19, 2021, 4:13pm EST
Last updated October 23, 2020, 2:15pm EST
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