Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Associate or Full Professor and Chair in Philosophy (Open to Internal University of Guelph Applicants Only)

College: College of Arts

Department: Philosophy

Date Posted: November 7, 2022
Deadline: December 5, 2022
Please reference AD #22-73

Position Description:

The College of Arts at the University of Guelph invites applications for a Chair position, Department of Philosophy from current University of Guelph faculty members.

Applicants will be at Associate or Full Professor rank and hold a PhD or terminal degree in a discipline relevant to the Department. The mandate is for a five-year term starting July 1, 2023. Responsibilities and conditions around the position of Chair are outlined in Article 20 of the Collective Agreement.

The Department of Philosophy was founded in 1965 as part of the new University of Guelph. The Philosophy Department now offers programs at both the undergraduate (major, minor, area of concentration) and graduate (MA, PhD) levels. Philosophy currently has 17 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members, two of whom are jointly appointed (one with Psychology and one with the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences program) and one of whom is a Tier 1 CRC in Ethics and Global Social Change. Philosophy’s general areas of research specialization are: Feminist Philosophy; Philosophy of Science and Medicine; Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind and Language; Epistemology and Metaphysics; and History of Philosophy.

The applicant must have strong academic qualifications in teaching and scholarship, relevant experience in university administration, the ability to work well in a collegial and consultative atmosphere, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and research. The Chair will work closely with the College Dean, the Associate Deans, the Director of Interdisciplinary Programs, and other Chairs/Directors for the benefit of the Department and of the College. It will be essential for the Chair to maintain effective communication between the Department and the College, and between them and the members of the Department. The Chair will work to encourage the Department’s growth, manage its affairs in accordance with the overall strategic plans of the College and the University, and articulate the Department’s academic vision to the University community and beyond. The Chair will take on a key role in managing staff in the Department and work with the Senior Development Manager of the College on alumni and development. The Chair will also coordinate teaching with the Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and with Directors of programs with which the department is collaborating such as CJPP and CARE-AI. More generally, the Chair will also provide the high level of leadership and energy necessary to facilitate personal and institutional goals in the years ahead.

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

Assessment of applications will begin on December 5, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter; and (2) a curriculum vitae. Applications should be sent to the attention of:

Samantha Brennan
College of Arts
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1


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

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion (https://uoguel.ph/ox2p9) is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.