In the fall of 2020, with the generous support of the John L. Nau Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Virginia’s Democracy Initiative and College of Arts & Sciences launched a multiyear faculty hiring project. Over four years, we will hire a dozen or more new faculty members at all ranks in the departments of Classics, History, Philosophy, Politics, and elsewhere. Across all the searches, the Departments seeks to appoint scholars whose primary research is focused on the study of the principles of democracy, democratic accountability and representation, either to advance the work of the core lab on the history and principles of democracy or to contribute to one of the Initiative’s other projects.
The mission of the Democracy Initiative is to promote excellence in research, teaching, and public engagement on democracy at a global scale by bringing together a diverse range of scholars, government leaders, and practitioners to study and advance the prospects of democracy around the world. The Democracy Initiative is interdisciplinary and supports and advances the work of faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate students, in the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences. To that end, the Initiative supports a variety of labs built on models of collaborative work. The Democracy Labs consist of a series of three-year, rotating labs on various topics, connected by the work of the John Nau III History and Principles of Democracy Lab (the Nau Core Lab), an interdisciplinary hub of research, teaching, and outreach. Current labs are focused on corruption and the rule of law, democracy and new media, democratic statecraft, the links between environmental and racial inequality, and race, religion, and democracy. The Democracy Initiative also supports two projects focused on community engagement and research, the Memory Project and The Equity Center. In addition to holding appointments in their home departments, each new faculty member hired under this initiative will also be a member either of the Nau Core lab or one of the Initiative’s other research labs or projects.
This year, with the support of the Mellon Foundation/John L. Nau Foundation, the Department of Philosophy at the University of Virginia invites applications for a tenure track or tenured Assistant or Associate professor in political philosophy. Applicants should expect to have completed a PhD or equivalent in philosophy or a relevant discipline, including but not limited to a PhD in political theory from a government department, by the time of the appointment.
The Department of Philosophy is also inviting applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Philosophy of Race position (Posting #R0029442). Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply for both positions.
For full consideration submit your application by November 8, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled. The appointment begins with the Fall 2022 semester.
Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs: search for posting #R0029485, complete the application, and attach the following:
***Please note ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the cv/resume box and you can combine documents into one PDF.***
1. Cover letter of application describing (1) areas of research and teaching interest; (2) your demonstrated past experience working on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and/or working with diverse populations and/or cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in your work. (not to exceed two single spaced pages)
2. Current curriculum vitae
3. A statement outlining what kinds of intellectual and/or institutional contributions you could envision making to the Democracy Initiative. (not to exceed one single-spaced page)
4. A research statement (not to exceed two single spaced pages)
5. Writing sample (6-12,000 words)
Three letters of recommendation must be submitted directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
***Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration. ***
Questions about this position should be directed to Rebecca Stangl at email@example.com. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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