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Visiting Assistant Professor - Philosophy

Department of Philosophy, The Ohio State University

Job category Junior faculty / Fixed term
AOS History of Philosophy, with a preference for Ancient Philosophy or Medieval Philosophy
AOS categories History of Philosophy
AOC Ancient Philosophy
AOC categories Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number R102017
Location Columbus, Ohio, United States
Start date August 2024
Job description

The Department of Philosophy at The Ohio State University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor appointment in the History of Philosophy for the 2024-2025 academic year. The appointed individual will conduct philosophical research, teach at all levels of the undergraduate Philosophy curriculum, and participate in the cooperative administrative of the department.  This appointment is for a one-year term that will begin on August 15, 2024.

Area of Specialization: History of Philosophy, with a preference for Ancient Philosophy or Medieval Philosophy

Area of Competence: Open

Education and Experience Requirements

Required: The successful applicant must have a PhD in Philosophy (ABD’s are welcome to apply but must have their PhD in full by the start of the appointment), or a related field, by the start of this appointment on August 15, 2024. Prior teaching experience at the college level is required.

Desired: Candidates should have a record of original peer-reviewed publications, and demonstrated attentiveness to building a diverse intellectual community, in line with OSU’s shared values (see below)

How to Apply

To be considered, please submit your application electronically via Workday. Application materials must include:


  • Cover letter: 1-2 pages, which should include a brief summary of your academic background and why you are interested in this opportunity
  • Curriculum Vita (CV)
  • Philosophy writing sample (no more than 15,000 words)
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as a teaching dossier.

You will be sent an email with instructions to provide names and contact information for three reference letters following submission of your application materials.

The College

With more than 80 majors and 100 minors, the College of Arts and Sciences is the academic heart of the university.  The Arts and Sciences provides extraordinary opportunities to collaborate across disciplines, blending creativity and analysis to truly be at the forefront of thought.  The breadth and depth of knowledge in the college gives students and researchers the critical thinking and adaptability essential for a lifetime of success.

Department Information

The Philosophy Department has 17 tenure-track faculty members.  Our research strengths include philosophy of logic, mathematics and science, value theory, epistemology and philosophy of the mind, and the history of philosophy.

The University

Ohio State is a top-20 public university, and its Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is one of America’s leading academic health centers and recently ranked No. 4 on Forbes’ list of best U.S. employers for diversity. Eligible Ohio State employees receive comprehensive benefits packages, including medical, dental and vision insurance, tuition assistance for employees and their dependents, and state or alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions.

The Ohio State University’s Shared Values include Excellence and Impact, Diversity and Innovation, Inclusion and Equity, Care and Compassion, and Integrity and Respect. Our university community welcomes differences, encourages open-minded exploration and courageous thinking, and upholds freedom of expression. 

Ohio State is a dynamic community where opportunity thrives, and individuals transform themselves and their world. Positions are available in countless fields and specialties. Become a Buckeye and contribute to an incredible legacy that serves to guide our future and shape a better tomorrow.

The Ohio State University is committed to enhancing academic excellence. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining faculty of the highest caliber is a core component of this commitment. The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has established Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation (DCFR) to focus on supporting new and prospective faculty and their loved ones. Service offerings include dual careers partner consultations, identifying potential employers and/or employment opportunities, consultation and resources related to relocation, as well as identifying opportunities to engage on campus and in the surrounding community. While employment opportunities are not guaranteed, resources and consultation are provided to support the partners of new and prospective faculty as they are considering or transitioning to The Ohio State University. 

In addition to being responsive to dual-career opportunities, we strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies.  Ohio State is an NSF ADVANCE institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

Located in Ohio’s capital city, Ohio State’s Columbus campus is near the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation, and technology industries. Additional information about the Columbus area is available here. Beyond its Columbus campus, Ohio State has four regional campuses including Ohio State Lima, Ohio State Mansfield, Ohio State Marion, and Ohio State Newark, in addition to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Wooster Campus, which houses Ohio State ATI.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Final candidates are subject to successful completion of a background check.

How to apply
Application type Online
Apply to the Careers at Ohio State website at https://osu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/OSUCareers/job/Columbus-Campus/Visiting-Assistant-Professor---Philosophy_R102017-1 A competitive application consists of a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a philosophy writing sample (no more than 15,000 words), three letters of recommendation, and evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as a teaching dossier. Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Professor Richard Samuels at [email protected].
Web address to apply https://osu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/OSUCareers/job/C...
Deadline for full consideration: May 6, 2024, 12:00am EST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
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Contact name Prof. RIchard Samuels
Contact email
Contact phone ‭(614) 292-7914‬
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