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Assistant Professor (Contractually Limited Appointment)

Department of Philosophy, McMaster University

Job category Junior faculty / Fixed term
AOS Open
AOC At least two of: Ethics (theoretical and applied); Social, Political and/or Legal Philosophy; Critical Thinking
AOC categories Logic
Applied Ethics
Workload Full time
Vacancies 2
Organization's reference number 45525
Location Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Start date Contract starts July 1, 2022
Job description

Assistant Professor (Contractually Limited Appointment)

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations, and within the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement.

The Department of Philosophy invites applications for two one-year, contractually limited positions to begin July 1, 2022, both at the rank of Assistant Professor. Renewal beyond one year may be possible but is not guaranteed. We seek applicants qualified to teach courses in at least two of the following three areas: (i) ethics (theoretical and applied, introductory and advanced), (ii) critical thinking, and (iii) social, political, and/or legal philosophy. Each successful applicant will be asked to teach 21 units (7 courses). For one applicant, this will include an introductory ethics course and a critical thinking course for McMaster’s Integrated Business and Humanities Program. The minimum starting salary for the one-year period for an Assistant Professor will be $84,272. 

The successful candidates will have a PhD, normally in philosophy, either in hand or near completion by the starting date; previous teaching experience; and demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate courses in philosophy. Both successful candidates will also be expected to participate in the research and administrative activities of the department.

For information about the Department of Philosophy, see http://philos.humanities.mcmaster.ca/.

How to Apply:

Application packages should include: (i) a letter of interest (max. 2 pages), (ii) a curriculum vitae, (iii) a teaching dossier, (iv) a brief (one page) statement describing any contributions made or planned in relation to advancing equity, diversity and inclusive excellence in teaching, research, or service within higher education, community-based, or other professional settings, and (v) names and complete contact information for two referees. No letters of recommendations are required at the time of application – these will be solicited at a later stage of the search process. The teaching dossier should include: (a) a statement of teaching philosophy and practice (max. 2 pages), (b) outlines for at least three undergraduate philosophy courses either previously taught or proposed, ideally in the broad areas of this search, and (c) at the applicant’s discretion, other evidence of successful teaching.

The application deadline is May 26, 2022. 

Application materials must be submitted through the University’s electronic portal: https://hr.mcmaster.ca/careers/current-opportunities/ (Faculty Positions, Job 45525)

Queries may be addressed to Dr. Mark Johnstone, Chair, Department of Philosophy, at [email protected].

All applicants will also be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey, which takes approximately two minutes to complete. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process. Inquiries about the Diversity Survey may be directed to [email protected].

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact McMaster’s Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) or the Office of the Dean of Humanities (905-525-9140 ext. 27532) to communicate their accommodation needs.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence:

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research, teaching and service excellence. It is essential to engaging our diverse student body and intellectual community. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence, and who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives. It especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. 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
How to apply
Application type Online
Faculty positions, position number 45525
Web address to apply https://hr.mcmaster.ca/careers/current-opportuniti...
Hard deadline May 26, 2022, 11:59pm EST
Web address for more information https://philos.humanities.mcmaster.ca/
Contact name Mark Johnstone
Contact email
Contact phone 9055259140 ext. 23461
Time created May 2, 2022, 9:07pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date May 26, 2022, 11:59pm EST
Last updated May 2, 2022, 9:07pm UTC
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