Assistant Professor of Philosophy, First or Second Term

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AOS: History of Philosophy

AOC: Open

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, first or second term. Position will begin July 1, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Minimum teaching load of four courses/year over three quarters, graduate and undergraduate levels, and usual dissertation, committee, and advising responsibilities.

A goal of the search is to increase the diversity of the faculty in the Department, and we therefore welcome applicants who come from groups that are historically underrepresented in the disciplines noted above, such as women, black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and individuals with disabilities.


The department invites applications from candidates specializing in any area in the History of Philosophy. The department especially welcomes applications from individuals specializing in the areas of Ancient Greek and Roman Theoretical Philosophy, Kant and post-Kantian Idealism, 19th-and 20th-century Continental Philosophy, Early Analytic Philosophy, African-American Philosophy, and non-European Philosophical Traditions. We seek a colleague with an ambitious research agenda yielding active and innovative scholarship, characterized by cogency of argument, knowledge of sources, and originality of interpretation. Successful applicants will contribute to the scholarly community of the department and university, and have the ability or potential to be an excellent teacher in the university’s core curriculum, in introductory to advanced undergraduate courses in Philosophy, and in graduate courses related to their area of expertise.

All requirements for receipt of a doctoral degree in Philosophy or related field must be completed by the start of the appointment.

Application Instructions

No applications or dossier materials, including letters of recommendation, will be accepted after 11 p.m. central time on October 15, 2020. Applicants are advised to request their letters as soon as possible (i.e. prior to submitting the final materials) to allow ample time for recommenders to upload their letters.

Required elements of the dossier are:

  • cover letter,
  • CV,
  • dissertation abstract,
  • research statement,
  • writing sample,
  • teaching statement,
  • at least three syllabi,
  • and three letters of reference. 

Optional elements are:

  • teaching evaluations, if available, are strongly encouraged
  • an additional writing sample and
  • additional letters of reference. 

All items must be submitted via the University’s Academic Recruitment site (Interfolio):

We anticipate conducting first round interviews in early December, and extended interviews of finalists in January or early February. (All interviews will be conducted remotely. Due to the continuing pandemic we do not expect to bring finalists to campus, but finalists should still expect to give a presentation and be available for a day or two of meetings.)

Questions may be sent to [email protected] with the subject heading JUNIOR SEARCH.

Position contingent upon budgetary approval.

EEO Statement

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email [email protected] with their request.




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Posted: 9/3/2020
Application Due: 10/15/2020
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