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Jacobson from Michigan to Colorado

Daniel Jacobson, currently professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan, will be moving to the University of Colorado, Boulder. At Colorado, Dr. Jacobson will be a tenured professor in the Department of Philosophy and the holder of the Benson Chair, a position endowed through the Bruce Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization. He will also serve as the director of the Benson Center. Dr. Jacobson is known for his work in ethics, moral psychology, aesthetics, and the moral and political philosophy of John Stuart Mill. He starts at Colorado in Fall, 2020. The post Jacobson from Michigan to Colorado appeared first on Daily [More]

Hausman from Wisconsin to Rutgers; Antony Gets Long-Term Visiting Position

Dan Hausman, currently the Herbert A. Simon and Hilldale Professor in the Department of Philosophy at University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be moving to Rutgers University. At Rutgers, Dr. Hausman will be Research Professor of Bioethics in the Rutgers’ new Center for Population Level Bioethics, and hold a secondary appointment in the university’s department of philosophy (half his teaching will be in the philosophy department). Hausman is known for his work in philosophy of economics and the philosophy of health and health care. He takes up his new position at Rutgers this coming Fall, and will be there for six years. Rutgers has also hired Louise Antony, professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as a Distinguished Visiting Professor. She will teach one graduate seminar at Rutgers each year at for (at least) the next five years. Professor Antony is known for her work in a variety of areas, including philosophy of mind, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of religion. Her appointment at Rutgers will begin in the 2020-21 academic year. (via Dean Zimmerman) The post Hausman from Wisconsin to Rutgers; Antony Gets Long-Term Visiting Position appeared first on Daily [More]

Developments at St. Cloud State University

In September, the administration of St. Cloud State University announced it was proceeding with plans for “retrenchment”  that will result in philosophy professors, theatre professors, and librarians losing their jobs. There is the possibility that the administration will rescind these plans, and there is now a petition calling on them to do so. The petition includes a “transformative education manifesto,” co-written by one of the philosophy professors whose position is slated for elimination: The administration’s attack on philosophy, theatre and the library demonstrates that they view education as a disposable commodity. Instead, we believe in the transformative power of education. The library transforms us from passive consumers of information into researchers and critical thinkers, enabling us to separate good information from bad. Philosophy transforms passive consumers of ideas, into deep thinkers, enabling us to understand and question the institutions that shape our society. Theatre transforms us from passive consumers of entertainment, into collaborative creators, enabling us to imagine the world as it could be. Philosophy, theatre and the library are foundational parts of a university education. They provide the essential skills that students need to get a job, but they provide so much more! The benefits of a liberal arts education, and of philosophy, theatre, and the library, go well beyond providing the job skills that employers seek. [More]

Beall from Connecticut to Notre Dame

Jc Beall, currently Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, has accepted an offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Professor Beall is known for his work in logic and philosophy of logic. See his site for links to his work (as well as to various elements of the “logic scene”). He also has interests in philosophy of religion and philophical theology, as well as metaphysics and epistemology. Professor Beall has been at the University of Connecticut since 2000, though he has held numerous visiting and fractional appointments at various institutions over the years, and he spent the 2018-19 academic year as a Research Fellow at Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion. He takes up his new position as the O’Neill Family Chair in Philosophy at Notre Dame in the Fall of 2020. The post Beall from Connecticut to Notre Dame appeared first on Daily [More]

Increase in Hiring of Liberal Arts Majors Predicted for 2020

“The biggest workplace gaps throughout technology evolution will rely on the soft skills that are cultivated by a liberal arts education instead of technical expertise.” That’s the assessment of Dan Schwabel, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur, in this year’s edition of his “Top 10 Workplace Trends” column, published at LinkedIn. His selection of the top trends is based on “hundreds of conversations with executives and workers, a series of national and global online surveys, and secondary research from more than 450 different research sources, including colleges, consulting firms, non-profits, the government and trade associations.” Number 6 on his list of trends for 2020 is “the return of the liberal arts major.” Here’s Schwabel’s elaboration on this particular trend: AI will automate technical skills and drive the demand for soft skills like creativity, communicate and empathy. While there’s been such a focus on recruiting STEM over the past several years, those majors will continue to lose relevance, while liberal arts majors will become more valuable to companies moving forward. Since 2009, it was believed that STEM degree recipients would have job stability, and command high salaries, while liberal arts majors would be unemployable. The fact is that while liberal arts majors have lower starting salaries, their salaries rise much quicker over the course of their lives than STEM [More]

Velleman from NYU to Johns Hopkins (updated)

J. David Velleman, currently professor of philosophy at New York University, has accepted an offer from the Department of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University (JHU).  Professor Velleman will hold the Miller Research Professorship in Philosophy at JHU. He is known for his work in moral philosophy. Links to many of his papers and books can be found here. The Miller Professorship is named for William H. “Bill” Miller III, who last year donated $75 million to the JHU Department of Philosophy. Professor Velleman takes up his new position January 1st, 2020. (See updated, below.) (via Steven Gross) UPDATE: Professor Velleman wrote in with a clarification: “I am retiring from NYU at the end of this academic year, and Hopkins is appointing me as a Research Professor, which is not a regular faculty position…  I am retiring and in retirement I will be a Research Professor at Hopkins.”   The post Velleman from NYU to Johns Hopkins (updated) appeared first on Daily [More]

Glanzberg from Northwestern to Rutgers

Michael Glanzberg, currently professor of philosophy at Northwestern University, will be taking up a senior position in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University. Professor Glanzberg works in philosophy of language, logic, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of psychology, and related areas. You can learn more about his research here. He starts his new position at Rutgers in January, 2020. (via Dean Zimmerman) The post Glanzberg from Northwestern to Rutgers appeared first on Daily [More]

Wilson from LaTrobe to Western Australia

Rob Wilson, currently professor of philosophy at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, will be taking up the position of professor of philosophy at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Professor Wilson works in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of social science, and eugenics, among other subjects. He has also been involved in “engaged philosophy”, the aim of which is to ” integrate philosophical thinking more directly with community-based concerns.” You can read more about this work here. Prior to his move to LaTrobe, he held appointments at the University of Alberta, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Queen’s University. He takes up his new position at UWA in November. The post Wilson from LaTrobe to Western Australia appeared first on Daily [More]

Schoenfield from MIT to UT Austin

Miriam Schoenfield, currently associate professor of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has accepted a position as associate professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Schoenfield had previously been an assistant professor of philosophy at UT Austin from 2012 to 2015. She specializes in epistemology, metaethics, philosophy of race and gender, applied ethics, and logic. You can see some of her work here. Professor Schoenfield returns to UT Austin for her new position there in January, 2020. (via David Sosa) The post Schoenfield from MIT to UT Austin appeared first on Daily [More]

New AOS: Public Philosophy & Prison Education

Marymount Manhattan College is looking to hire someone with expertise in both public philosophy and prison education, neither of which have been listed as areas of specialization in a philosophy job ad before, to my knowledge.  (Correct me if I’m wrong about that.) The job is a two-to-three year visiting joint appointment as a fellow at the College’s Geraldine A. Ferraro Institute for Breakthrough Civic Leadership and its Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. The chief responsibilities of the position include teaching courses on public philosophy, social and political philosophy, philosophy of race, and related topics, teaching courses in the school’s prison education programs, developing and overseeing the programs, providing professional development opportunities for other faculty teaching in them, and helping the department revise its philosophy major to have a focus on public philosophy. You can check out the ad here. (via Thi Nguyen) The post New AOS: Public Philosophy & Prison Education appeared first on Daily [More]

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