Academic Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Professorial Stream - Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Africana Philosophy
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Philosophy
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2023

Africana Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University

The Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Africana Philosophy at the Assistant level, to commence July 1, 2023. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

A PhD in Philosophy or a related field is required by July 1, 2023, with a demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence for junior appointment in research and in teaching. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research specializing in Africana Philosophy, broadly construed, including both ancient and contemporary philosophy from Continental Africa and the African Diaspora: including but not limited to African-American and Afro-Caribbean Philosophy. This research program will build on our existing broad commitment to intellectual diversity, while adding to our existing research and teaching strength in non-canonical philosophical traditions, including Feminist, Continental, African, African-American, Chinese, and Indian Philosophy

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research at the highest level.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence for junior appointment. Materials used to assess excellence or promise of excellence include: the research statement; a record of publications or late-round revisions in appropriate venues in the field; presentations at major conferences; awards and accolades; successful grant proposals; public impact (e.g. policy contributions, published op-eds, public lectures, etc.). After the long list stage, letters of recommendation and interviews will also be used to indicate excellence or promise of excellence. The Philosophy Department is committed to supporting and mentoring the research programs of its junior faculty.

The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching and the successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. While the successful candidate must be able to teach Africana Philosophy at both the undergraduate and graduate level, it would also be advantageous for candidates to have teaching competence in introductory non-western Philosophy, Islamic Philosophy, and/or the Philosophy of Race, as well as service teaching needs in Modes of Reasoning.

Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence for junior appointment in teaching will be provided through: the teaching statement and cover letter; sample syllabi; teaching experience; teaching awards; pedagogical innovations such as experiential education; opportunities and engagement with students outside the classroom; or the use of technology to enhance learning.

The successful candidate will also give evidence of their ability to provide service to the Department of Philosophy. Evidence can include experience running speaker series, workshops, student clubs, or other departmental activities, or administrative experience. The successful candidate will demonstrate their commitment to the academic and community life of the department, including the needs of our diverse student body and our departmental commitment to philosophical inquiry, broadly construed, in diverse intellectual traditions.

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Professor Alice MacLachlan Prof. Alice MacLachlan, Chair of the Search Committee at

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and those who self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting this voluntary self-identification form.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is October 31, 2022.

Application, including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement (describing dissertation research and future plans), a teaching portfolio (including sample syllabi and a description of pedagogical approaches and plans), a writing sample, and at least three letters of reference, may be uploaded to beginning on September 26, 2022.

Questions may be directed to Professor Michael Giudice, Chair, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: (Subject line: Position in Africana Philosophy).


Posting End Date: October 31, 2022