Assistant Professor in Department of Philosophy (Continental Social and Political Philosophy) Ryerson University, Department of Philosophy Canada

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy (Continental Social and Political Philosophy)


Arts, Philosophy
Posted: October 27, 2017
Deadline to Apply: Friday, December 1, 2017
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The Philosophy Department invites applications for one full-time tenure-track position, at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1st, 2018 (subject to final budgetary approval).


The area of specialization for the position will be Continental Social and Political Philosophy (broadly construed to include philosophy of race or gender). In addition to the expectations below, the successful candidate for this position will also have to be able to teach courses that serve the needs of the interdisciplinary B.A. program in Arts and Contemporary Studies – a program which includes a required sequence of six courses in the history of ideas, each of which is typically team-taught by two faculty members drawn from different disciplines.


Responsibilities for the position will include: teaching philosophy courses and supervising students at the undergraduate and graduate levels; contributing to the undergraduate and graduate programs including taking a lead role in curriculum development/expansion as appropriate; establishing and maintaining a strong, independent research program; and participating in the academic life of the Philosophy Department, the Faculty of Arts, and the University.


The Philosophy Department, consisting of 17 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, prides itself on the quality of its teaching and the breadth and excellence of its research in both analytic and continental approaches and traditions.


Candidates shall have completed (or expect to do so before July 2018) a PhD in Philosophy, or equivalent (e.g. PhD in Political Theory or in Social and Political Thought) and shall provide evidence of high-quality teaching and excellence in research, with an emerging scholarly record, as demonstrated by a number of achievements. These may include, but are not limited to, the following: awards and accolades, new course and curriculum development, a thoughtful teaching philosophy, strong teaching reviews, a robust research profile, peer-reviewed conference papers and publications in high-calibre venues, and strong letters of reference from referees of high standing. As well, candidates shall demonstrate a capacity for collegial service and a commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and research activities.


This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA).


The RFA collective agreement can be viewed at: .
The RFA’s website can be found at:
A summary of RFA benefits can be found at:

How to Apply


Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal by December 1st, 2017. Mailed and emailed applications will not be accepted.


Applications must include the following components, in the following order, as a single PDF document:


  • a letter of application, which clearly indicates whether you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a statement of research interests (including plans for dissemination)
  • two recent writing samples
  • and results of teaching surveys (or equivalent evidence, such as a teaching dossier).

In addition, applicants should arrange for at least two confidential letters of reference to be sent to our Department Administrator, Mr. Ryan Walters at

Applications must be received by December 1st, 2017.


Confidential inquiries can be directed to Dr. Klaas Kraay, Chair of the Departmental Hiring Committee (


Any inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal can be sent to Mr. Ryan Doyle, HR Advisor at


Aboriginal candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Ms. Tracey King, M.Ed., Aboriginal HR Consultant, Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Initiative, at


About Ryerson


At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.


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, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for both 2015 and 2016. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonEDI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.


Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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