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Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts

Job ID: 22078

Updated: February 7, 2021

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

The Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary is seeking to fill one position at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track). The area of research specialization should fall under Ethics, broadly construed to include both traditional questions in moral theory or metaethics as well as issues related to public policy, environmental justice, racial justice, or gender justice. 

The appointee will be expected to maintain an active research program while contributing to the departments undergraduate and graduate teaching. This will include contributing to the department’s undergraduate applied ethics offerings, which currently include bioethics, environmental ethics, information technology ethics, business ethics, and a contemporary moral problems course. Applicants are encouraged to identify any new courses in applied ethics that they would be able to offer. The appointee will also be expected to offer graduate seminars and supervise graduate students in their area(s) of research expertise. 

The usual teaching assignment for Professorial stream appointees is 2-2, and the successful candidate can expect to receive a reduction in teaching assignment in the first year of the appointment.

We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. As a department we have been actively engaged in conversations surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion. While we recognize that we still have work to do on these issues, we pride ourselves on having a collegial and supportive atmosphere and are committed to ongoing improvement.

The successful candidate will have the PhD in hand at time of application or be on track to complete before the start date of July 1, 2021. They will have a demonstrated track record of research excellence shown by, e.g., publications in high quality journals, peer reviewed presentations, the writing sample, and/or scholarships and grants. The Department values public facing and community engaged scholarship and encourages applicants to include information about these activities in their applications. The successful candidate will also have a record of teaching excellence as shown by, e.g., teaching materials developed for their classes, student outcomes, institutional recognitions of teaching effectiveness, participation in pedagogical development activities, peer evaluations of teaching, and/or student evaluations of teaching.

More information about the department can be found at Inquiries about the position and department should be directed to the Department Head, Nicole Wyatt, at [email protected]

Please submit your application online via the ‘Apply Now’ link. Applications should include a cover letter outlining their teaching and research experience and interests, a comprehensive CV, a writing sample, and a teaching dossier. Three letters of reference should also be sent directly to Kate Williams ([email protected]) with Reference Letter Calgary Philosophy in the subject line.

Candidates selected for the long-short list will be asked to provide, in addition, a one-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) along with their ability to work with a culturally diverse and international student body.

The deadline for application is March 9, 2021. Interviews will be conducted virtually in light of health and safety issues related to COVID 19.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 


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