Probationary (Tenure-Track) Position

Sep 17, 2022 Nov 01, 2022


Western University’s Department of Philosophy seeks to hire a Probationary (tenure- track) Assistant Professor with a specialization in ethics, feminist philosophy, or political philosophy. We welcome candidates who take historical or contemporary approaches in their research. In addition to specializing in one or more of the above areas, candidates must have a competence in the ethics of artificial intelligence.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research in their area(s) of expertise and to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, some of which will focus on AI ethics. Western University has a semester system, and the position comes with a 2-2 teaching load. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023.

With annual research funding exceeding $220 million, and an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses.

Western’s Department of Philosophy is one of the leading philosophy departments in Canada, with a strong reputation in a range of areas including feminist philosophy, applied ethics, philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and general philosophy of science. The department has close working ties with many other units on campus, such as Gender, Sexuality, and Women's studies, Health Sciences, Political Science, and Computer Science. We are also home to the Centre for Digital Philosophy (, which develops and maintains PhilPapers, PhilJobs, and other services. In 2008, the department founded the Rotman Institute of Philosophy (, where philosophers work with scientists to tackle complex social problems, including those posed by AI. The department as a whole is deeply committed to the inclusion of underrepresented voices in philosophy. We are dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and decolonization in our discipline, research, and teaching.

General information about the department can be found at Questions about the position may be addressed to the department chair, Carolyn McLeod, at

Effective September 7, 2021, all employees and visitors to Western’s campus are required to comply with Western’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (

The review of applications for this position will begin on November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Philosophy or a related field by July 1, 2023, which is the anticipated start date for the position.

Application materials must include a letter of interest, a CV, names of three referees and their contact information, a writing sample of no more than 10,000 words, evidence of teaching capacity including sample syllabi, and a completed “Application for Full-Time Faculty Position Form” ( All application materials should be submitted as one PDF file to Elisa Kilbourne at Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

_This position is subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Prof. McLeod._

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