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Search Committee Members: You Could Update The Jobs Wiki

A philosopher currently on the market writes in with a request to search committee members: update the jobs wiki. They write: Every year, many jobseekers spend weeks or months waiting to hear back about jobs. At every stage of the search process—after the initial application, after the videoconference interview, and after the on-campus interview—they desperately want to know whether they have been eliminated. A lucky few soon hear good news. Most of the others have to wait. Days, weeks, months go by. Their hope painfully dwindles. Eventually, they accept their now-obvious fate. And then the PFO* arrives from an HR department, far too late to do any good. It would be a great benefit to these people if they could find out that they have been eliminated as soon as they are eliminated. This would turn a prolonged and extremely painful process into a much shorter and much less painful process. Applicants would be able to emotionally move on much more quickly and turn their full attention to other possibilities. Well, as it happens, it is very easy for these people to be informed as soon as they are eliminated from your search. All that is necessary is for members of search committees to update the jobs wiki whenever their search progresses to a new stage (i.e., when invitations for first-round interviews are sent out, and when invitations for second-round/on-campus interviews are sent out, and when offers are made). This year, the wiki is here. Updating the wiki is [More]

Lippitt from Hertfordshire to Notre Dame Australia

John Lippitt, currently Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Hertfordshire, is moving to the University of Notre Dame Australia, where he will be Professor of Philosophy and Director of the University’s Institute for Ethics and Society. Professor Lippit’s main areas of research include Kierkegaard and ethics, especially the moral psychology of virtues and vices. His new book, Love’s Forgiveness, is scheduled to be published by Oxford University Press later this year. You can learn more about his work here. Professor Lippitt takes up his new position on February 17th, and will retain a fractional appointment at Hertfordshire. The post Lippitt from Hertfordshire to Notre Dame Australia appeared first on Daily [More]

C. Thi Nguyen from Utah Valley to University of Utah

C. Thi Nguyen, currently associate professor of philosophy at Utah Valley University, will be moving to the Department of Philosophy at the University of Utah. Professor Nguyen works in aesthetics, ethics, and epistemology, or as he puts it, “trust, art, games, and communities”. His first book, Games: Agency as Art, is coming out in April. You can learn more about his work at his site and at PhilPapers. At the University of Utah, Nguyen will be associate professor of philosophy. The position he was hired for concerns issues at the intersection of philosophy and digital technology. He says: the position was for somebody who could connect with the computer science and game design programs: research collaborations, co-teaching, and hopefully making philosophy classes aimed at game design students and CS students, along with philosophy kids. (The UofU has one of the world’s biggest and best game design programs.) So if things work out as hoped, I’ll be developing classes in game ethics, game aesthetics,  data ethics, design ethics, technology ethics, and hopefully getting in at least some students who actually are dedicating their lives to making the stuff.  Professor Nguyen takes up his new position at the University of Utah on July 1st. The post C. Thi Nguyen from Utah Valley to University of Utah appeared first on Daily [More]

Bird from KCL to Cambridge’s Russell Professorship

Alexander Bird, currently the Peter Sowerby Professor of Philosophy and Medicine at King’s College, London (KCL), has been named as the next Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University.  Professor Bird, who moved to KCL in 2018, works in philosophy of science, the philosophy and history of medicine, metaphysics, and epistemology. He new book, Knowing Science, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.  You can learn more about Professor Bird’s research here. The Russell Professorship was created in 1896. It is currently held by Huw Price, who is reportedly retiring in September. The previous Russell Professors were: Simon Blackburn (2001-2011), D. H. Mellor (1986-99), Elizabeth Anscombe (1970-86), John Wisdom (1952-68), G. H. von Wright (1948-51), Ludwig Wittgenstein (1939-47), G. E. Moore (1925-39), and James Ward (1896-1925). Professor Bird is also a composer, and some of his musical works are listed here. Here is his 2018 Movement for Wind Quintet:   The post Bird from KCL to Cambridge’s Russell Professorship appeared first on Daily [More]

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]

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