Faculty Position in Philosophy

Ryerson University Department of Philosophy

Tenure Track Position in Philosophy

Arts, Philosophy

Posted: September 25, 2021

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the  territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts at invites applications for a tenure track position with an Area of Specialization in Kant and an Area of Competence in Early Modern philosophy, at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2022, subject to final budgetary approval. 

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, research and service duties, maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Responsibilities will include: pursuing an original and independent research program that produces high-quality research; engaging in teaching duties (2+2 course load, which is the department teaching standard) including teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; supervising graduate students and contributing to curriculum development as appropriate; and participating in the academic life of the Department of Philosophy, the Faculty of Arts, and the University, through service activities.

Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in Philosophy or a closely related field by the appointment date. Candidates who are all-but-dissertation (ABD) and are able to demonstrate that they are very close to completion may also be considered. In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of: 

  • excellence in research, as indicated by, for example, peer-reviewed conference papers and publications, a robust research program, and awards and accolades;
  • the ability, or potential, to be an excellent teacher and successfully supervise undergraduate and graduate students;  
  • commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and 
  • an ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the Philosophy Department and the University through collegial service.  

Letters of reference should support and substantiate these commitments and achievements.

Candidates who identify as members of equity-seeking groups are especially welcome to apply and encouraged to self-identify in their application. Recognizing the underrepresentation of Black faculty, applications from individuals who self-identify as Black peoples of African Descent (for example Africans and African heritage people from the Caribbean, Americas, Europe) are specifically encouraged. 

Our committee recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions. 

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found.

Ryerson University

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture. 

Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy consists of twenty tenured or tenure-stream faculty members, and offers undergraduate and graduate (Master’s) programs. Our faculty prides itself on the excellence of its research, the quality of its teaching, the pluralism of its approaches to philosophy, and a collegial work environment. We are interested in candidates who will contribute to our Department through an active research program, a commitment to effective teaching, and dedicated service to the department, the wider Ryerson community, and the profession.

Working at Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson and within our department, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do. 

Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their family, including access to our diverse. 

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Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by December 1, 2021. 

The application must contain submissions in the following order as a single PDF document: 

  • a letter of application; 
  • a curriculum vitae; 
  • a statement of research interests (including plans for dissemination of results); 
  • one recent writing sample (shortlisted candidates might be asked for a second); and
  • a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, teaching evaluations, and evidence of any curriculum development experience). 

In addition, applicants must arrange for at least three confidential letters of reference to be sent to the Department of Philosophy at philosophysearch@ryerson.ca. Names of further references may be requested at a later stage in the selection process. 

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.  

Contacts

Confidential inquiries can be directed to Dr. David Hunter, Chair of the Departmental Hiring Committee, at .

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at t26king@ryerson.ca. 

Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at .   

For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please contact Renee Gordon, HR Advisor.