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Assistant Professor (Contractually Limited Appointment) (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy , Arts and Science Program, McMaster University

Job category Junior faculty / Fixed term
AOS Open area (but see below)
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number 52615
Location Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Start date July 1, 2023
Job description

Assistant Professor (Contractually Limited Appointment): Philosophy and Arts & Science


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 and the Arts & Science Program at McMaster University invite applications for a three-year, contractually limited position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2023. Mindful of a longstanding lack of diversity within the discipline of philosophy, and of the underrepresentation of Black scholars in the academy more broadly, we are pleased to announce that, pursuant to Section 24 of the Ontario Human Rights Code, this is a targeted search initiative for qualified individuals who self-identify as persons of Black/African descent and lived experience. We seek a candidate who will contribute to the advancement of inclusive academic excellence at McMaster.

The successful applicant will be housed in the Department of Philosophy and will have responsibilities both to the Department of Philosophy and to the interdisciplinary Arts & Science Program. They will teach five courses each year: three in Philosophy and two in Arts & Science ­– likely “Argumentation” and “Practices of Knowledge.” For Philosophy, they will teach courses at different levels, including advanced courses that align with their research interests. In addition, the successful candidate will receive $10,000 of research funding in each of the three years of the appointment to help them grow their research program. The position is renewable for an additional three years, pending resources and needs of the Department of Philosophy and the Arts & Science Program, and the teaching load may differ under the renewed contract.

We invite applications from scholars working in all areas of philosophy, including emerging areas. We welcome candidates who are engaged and/or interested in interdisciplinary work. We welcome a variety of approaches to philosophical issues, including work that proceeds from and foregrounds non-Western, non-Northern, and feminist perspectives, and issues relating to race.

The successful applicant must demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching and research commensurate with their career stage. They must also demonstrate willingness and ability to: (1) contribute to the undergraduate programs in both Philosophy and Arts & Science; (2) mentor students in Philosophy and Arts & Science (3) support the collegial atmosphere and intellectual life of both units. The successful applicant must have, or be very near completion of, a doctorate in philosophy or in a related discipline by the time of appointment.

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

For information about the Arts & Science Program, see: https://artsci.mcmaster.ca/.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

McMaster aims to advance human and societal health and well-being, locally and globally. This hiring initiative is in keeping with McMaster’s vision to achieve international distinction for creativity, innovation, and excellence, and to embody values of integrity, quality, inclusiveness, and teamwork. It is also aligned with ongoing work being undertaken to ensure inclusive excellence in the recruitment and retention of faculty that have been underrepresented across all academic disciplines, which is articulated in McMaster’s EDI Strategy: Towards Inclusive Excellence and reinforced in the President’s recent letter to the community. The university is also committed to promoting Black Excellence   and to date has invested in the cohort hiring of 12 exceptional Black scholars and the establishment of the Black Student Success Centre.

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.

Successful candidates will be joining a vibrant and networked campus community of Black and other racialized scholars. This community is supported for example by the African and Caribbean Faculty Association of McMaster (ACFAM) and by local African and Caribbean and other community groups and organizations within the diverse Hamilton region. 

How to Apply:

  • Submit: (i) a cover letter of application (max. 2 pages), together with (ii) a curriculum vitae; (iii) a statement of research interests and plans (max. 2 pages); (iv) a single sample of academic writing (published pieces are acceptable), (v) a description of teaching interests, experience, and philosophy (max. 2 pages); and (vi) 2-3 sample syllabi for undergraduate philosophy courses or interdisciplinary courses relevant to philosophy.
  • As for all faculty job searches at McMaster, please also submit (vii) a brief statement (approximately 1 page) 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.
  • Finally, please submit the names and contact emails of three academic referees. Actual letters of reference are not required in the first round of this search.
  • Application materials must be submitted through the University’s electronic portal: https://hr.mcmaster.ca/careers/current-opportunities/ (Faculty Positions, Job 52615)
  • Complete applications received by the end of the day (11:59pm) on Sunday, March 19 are assured of full consideration. However, the position will remain open until it is filled.

McMaster acknowledges that certain circumstances may cause career interruptions that affect an applicant’s record of achievement. We encourage applicants to note in their applications whether they would like consideration given to the impact of any such circumstances due to health, family, or other reasons, to allow for a fair assessment of their research and other contributions.

All applicants will 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.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens 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 in their application letter: 

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

Please direct any inquiries about the position to [email protected].

Application materials must be submitted through the University’s electronic portal: https://hr.mcmaster.ca/careers/current-opportunities/ (Faculty Positions, Job 52615)

How to apply
Application type Online
Faculty Positions, #52615
Web address to apply https://hr.mcmaster.ca/careers/current-opportuniti...
Deadline for full consideration: March 19, 2023, 11:59pm EST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Web address for more information https://philos.humanities.mcmaster.ca/
Contact name Kristina Vukelic
Contact email
Time created February 23, 2023, 6:02pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date August 22, 2023, 12:53pm EST
Expired on August 22, 2023, 1:46pm EST
Last updated September 22, 2023, 3:00pm UTC
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