Philosophy - Assistant Professor (Cognitive Science and Philosophy)

Carleton University

Location: Ontario
Date posted: 2013-10-12

Cognitive Science and Philosophy - Assistant Professor (closing date December 2, 2013)

The Institute of Cognitive Science and the Department of Philosophy at Carleton University invite applications for a tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor, to commence on July 1, 2014. The position will be split evenly between the two academic units.

The Institute of Cognitive Science was established in 2005. Faculty members include some who are wholly appointed to the Institute and others with varying degrees of cross-appointment with these other units. The Institute is unique in Canada in offering a selection of courses specifically housed within Cognitive Science and taught by faculty members who are appointed or cross-appointed in Cognitive Science. Degrees are offered at all levels (Bachelor of Cognitive Science [B.Cog.Sc.], Master of Cognitive Science [M.Cog.Sc.], and Ph.D.). Currently the Institute has approximately 200 undergraduates and 40 graduate students. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the growing needs of this program, which has recently greatly expanded at the undergraduate level and expects further growth.

Carleton's Department of Philosophy was founded in the 1950s, and quickly grew to include a dozen full-time faculty members, the size it remains today. The department has an M.A. program that has successfully guided a majority of recent graduates to further academic study, and several B.A. programs, including a B.A. in Ethics and Public Affairs, which draws on faculty expertise in both ethics and scientifically informed areas such as bioethics. The research priorities of the department give philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, metaphysics and epistemology an equal place alongside ethics and political philosophy.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Philosophy or Cognitive Science (with demonstrated experience in interdisciplinary research); demonstrated excellence in teaching; and a track record of research and publication in Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science. The successful individual ideally will complement and extend our faculty members' existing strengths. Teaching expectations will include courses in Philosophy of Mind and integrative Cognitive Science courses.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop/extend a program of research leading to significant peer-reviewed publications, contribute effectively to academic life in Cognitive Science and in Philosophy. Faculty members are expected to apply for external funding.

Applications are due on December 2, 2013. Please include the following in your application package: a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as teaching scores), a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interests, and samples of published work. At the same time, candidates should arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the Institute. The referee may send electronic copies of reference letters. Applications should be sent electronically to or mailed to Dr. Jo-Anne LeFevre, Director, Institute of Cognitive Science, Carleton University, 2201 Dunton Tower, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6.

Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University is a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of leading change. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff, and researchers provide more than 27,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more than 1 00 countries around the world with academic opportunities in more than 65 programs of study. Carleton's creative, interdisciplinary, and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative work in science and technology, business, governance, public policy, and the arts. As an innovative institution, Carleton is uniquely committed to developing solutions to real world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding daily.

Minutes from downtown, Carleton University is located on a beautiful campus in the central portion of Ottawa, bordered by the Rideau River on one side, and the Rideau Canal on the other. With over 12 national museums and the spectacular Gatineau Park close by, there are many excellent recreational opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy. The City of Ottawa itself, with a population of almost one million, is Canada's capital city and reflects the country's bilingual and multicultural character. Carleton's location in the nation's capital provides many opportunities for research with groups and institutions that reflect the diversity of the country.

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.


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