JOB – Full or Associate Level, Michigan State University

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.  The Department of Philosophy invites applications at the full or associate level for a tenure system position in AOS: Environmental Philosophy. AOC: Open. Appointment will be in the Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Letters, in research partnership with AgBioResearch and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

MSU’s philosophy department has initiated a doctoral concentration in environmental philosophy, broadly construed to include philosophical topics concerning animals, natural resources, climate, the philosophy of environmental science, risk analysis, gender and the environment, and environmental justice; and it seeks to complement its existing strengths in the area.  Applications are encouraged from philosophers in any sub-field of philosophy whose work bears on these topics. 

Successful candidates will have outstanding potential to secure external funding, a solid record of publications in philosophy, and the ability to take a leadership role in the shaping of the department’s environmental philosophy program.  Contributions to the philosophy curriculum at both the graduate and undergraduate levels are expected, and opportunities are available for reaching the wider student body by teaching in the Integrated Arts and Humanities program. 

Environmental philosophy complements the current departmental emphases in social and political philosophy, and philosophy of healthcare.  The department also houses a graduate specialization in ethics and development, and is affiliated with interdisciplinary programs in ethics and policy in food and agriculture, peace and justice studies, gender in a global context, African and African-American studies, and ethics and humanities in the life sciences.  Additional information about the department is available on its website. The teaching load is two courses per semester, with the usual non-teaching duties.  Full time, academic year.  Preferred starting date:  August 16, 2012.  Salary and benefits are competitive.  Applicants for associate professor should submit a CV, three current letters of reference, writing sample, and evidencof teaching effectiveness.  Senior level applicants should send a CV (including a list of references).  All candidates must submit a statement highlighting their experience and qualifications pertinent to the position. 

To be included in the initial review process, applications must be received by December 10, 2011, although applications will be accepted through February 29, 2012 if the position remains unfilled.  MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.  MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.  The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.  Applicants for associate professor should have letters of reference sent to Chair, Search Committee, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1032.  All other application materials must be submitted electronically at the Michigan State Human Resources website,