Assistant Professor in Grafstein Chair in Jewish Philosophy University of Toronto, Faculty of Arts and Science Canada

Assistant Professor - Grafstein Chair in Jewish Philosophy - 1702103

Job Field: Tenure Stream

Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science

Department: Philosophy

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)

Job Posting: Nov 11, 2017

Job Closing: Dec 18, 2017, 11:59pm EST


The Department of Philosophy and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto invite applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will also be eligible to be named the Senator Jerahmiel S. and Carole S. Grafstein Chair in Jewish Philosophy. This is an endowed Chair appointment beginning on July 1, 2018, and is for an initial four-year term, with the possibility of renewal following a favourable review. The successful candidate will be appointed both to the Department of Philosophy (51%) and to the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies (49%).


Candidates must hold a PhD in Philosophy or a closely related field by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. They must provide evidence of excellence in research as demonstrated by publications in top-ranked and field-relevant venues or a research pipeline that is at high international levels, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades for innovative work, and strong endorsements by referees of high international standing. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative, independent, and competitive research at the highest international level in the area of Jewish Philosophy and be familiar with the Jewish textual canon.


The successful candidate will teach courses in the Department of Philosophy from the introductory to advanced levels, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and will contribute to the integration of Jewish philosophy into the undergraduate and graduate programs in Jewish Studies. The successful candidate must provide evidence of excellence in teaching as demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, the statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, and the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto is widely recognized as Canada’s best and most comprehensive philosophy department and as an international leader in the field. The tri-campus graduate department consists of all philosophy faculty appointed to the St. George, Mississauga (UTM), and Scarborough (UTSC) campuses. Graduate teaching and supervision typically take place on the St. George campus.


The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, within the Faculty of Arts and Science on the St. George campus, has one of the best and most comprehensive Jewish Studies programs in North America and offers courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in numerous disciplines.


The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan areas in the world.


For more information about the Department of Philosophy, please visit; for information about the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, please visit


All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below.


The following elements of the application should be submitted online (in pdf format only) by December 18, 2017:


• (1) a cover letter and a curriculum vitae, combined in a file labelled “Jewish Philosophy cover letter and CV.pdf”;

• (2) a research dossier containing a statement outlining current and future research interests and a sample of academic writing (about 25 pages), combined in a file labelled “Jewish Philosophy research.pdf”;

• (3) a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations) in a file labelled “Jewish Philosophy teaching.pdf”.


Applicants should also ask at least three referees to send letters that are signed and on letterhead directly to by December 18, 2017. (Using Interfolio is acceptable.)


General submission guidelines can be found at:


If you have questions about this position, please contact


The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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