Assistant Professor of Philosophy

William & Mary
William & Mary

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Arts & Humanities, Philosophy & Religion
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Unit Mission Statement:

The department, through a varied and extensive program of courses, presents students with past and present attempts to think critically and reflectively about fundamental questions of knowledge and value in order that they will be led to examine their own views. The study of philosophical problems in the spirit of free inquiry requires the student to develop and exercise the powers of precise discrimination, creative imagination, logical organization and evaluative judgment.

Position Summary:

The Department of Philosophy at William & Mary, a public university of the Commonwealth of Virginia, seeks applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level, with an area of research specialization in philosophy of data, computing, or information, construed broadly to include work on the ethical, social, or legal implications of data science, machine learning, or artificial intelligence, as well as computational approaches to other areas of philosophy (e.g., metaphysics or epistemology). Appointment will begin August 10, 2024.

Duties include research, teaching, and service to the University. The applicant is expected to establish and maintain a vibrant research program that inspires a highly motivated undergraduate student body.

Teaching expectation is two courses per semester. Successful applicants must possess the skills to teach compelling courses on ethical issues related to data or information science and other lecture and seminar-style courses, and to contribute to W&M’s general education (COLL) curriculum.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the time appointment begins (August 10, 2024), with a specialization (AOS) in philosophy of data, computing, or information and with teaching competence (AOC) in ethical issues concerning data and/or information.

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous experience in teaching courses in the AOS or related areas, mentoring successful undergraduate research, and evidence of scholarly achievement or demonstrated potential as a scholar are preferred.

Conditions of Employment:


3KD600 Philosophy Dept


William & Mary

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Special Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online at Submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a statement of teaching interests, a statement of research interests, a writing sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student course evaluations). A diversity statement is not required. Candidates are encouraged to reflect on their past experiences or future plans to foster an inclusive and welcoming climate for learners and scholars in Philosophy in their cover letters or statements. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by the system with instructions for how to submit a letter of reference.

For full consideration, submit application materials by the initial review date, Nov. 1, 2023. Applications received after the initial review date will be considered if needed.

Information on the degree programs in the Department of Philosophy may be found at

Background Check Statement:

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement:

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Benefits Summary Statement:

William & Mary offers our employees a full array of benefits including retirement, health insurance with options for expanded dental and vision along with group and optional life insurance with coverage for spouse and children, flexible spending accounts, and an EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

Our employees enjoy additional university benefits such as educational assistance, professional development, wellness benefits, and a robust holiday schedule. All employees have access to fitness facilities on campus. Staff members also have access to the university libraries, and much more. To learn more, go to:

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