JOB – Asst. Prof., Applied Ethics/Political Philosophy, Univ. of Twente

The department of philosophy at the University of Twente is internationally leading in the philosophy and ethics of technology. It currently includes seven tenured staff members, two postdocs, seven PhD students, and five part-time faculty.  The department participates in the interuniversity 3TU.Center for Ethics and Technology and will house the directorship of the Center starting 2013.  Both the department and the Center have a strong international orientation and include members from many different nationalities.

The Challenge:
You teach ethics and political philosophy in the master program in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS) and teach professional and applied ethics and other areas of philosophy for bachelor and master programs in engineering and social science.  Optionally, you may participate in the new ATLAS university college, an interdisciplinary, highly selective bachelor program with a focus on engineering and social science.  You are involved in the supervision of master’s theses in the PSTS program and will at some point supervise PhD students in the department’s PhD program in Ethics and Technology (the scope of which also includes social and political philosophy).

You perform research in the area of political philosophy and/or ethics, with a focus on the role of technology in society.  We are particularly interested in candidates who will be working on one or more of the following areas: environmental philosophy and technology (especially energy); safety, security, and technological risks; technology and politics; technology and well-being; technology, culture, globalization and ethics/politics; ethics and engineering science / engineering design.  However, other (future) specializations will be seriously considered as well.  Your research will be embedded in the department’s research program as well as in the 3TU.Center of Excellence for Ethics and Technology, a joint center of the departments of philosophy of the University of Twente, Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology which currently counts sixty members, including twenty-two PhD students.  As part of your research activities, you are also expected to apply for external funding and to engage in international and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Offer:
You are appointed as assistant professor (full-time).  A tenure-track contract enables you to direct your own career based on fixed performance agreements, in relation to which promotion from UD (assistant professor) to UHD (associate professor) and subsequently to full professor is possible.  A definitive assessment will take place no later than five years after commencement of the employment, following which employment for an indefinite period and promotion to associate professor may be agreed upon.  Salary is competitive: initial assistant professor salary is € 44,590 ($56,000) – € 69,360 ($109,000) per year, depending on experience.  Starting date is January 2013 (negotiable).  The University of Twente has excellent terms of employment.

Your Profile:
You hold a Ph.D. in philosophy, preferably with a specialization in ethics or political philosophy.  You have either had a focus on technology in your past research or you have a demonstrable interest in focusing on technology for your future research.  You already have an excellent list of publications in peer-refereed journals, and have relevant international experience.  You also have experience in teaching at the university level, preferably including students in science & engineering, social science, or other nonphilosophical fields, and preferably including professional and/or applied ethics.  You have demonstrable didactic skills in teaching, good teaching evaluations, and a passion for teaching.  You are able and willing to teach in areas of philosophy outside your philosophical specialization, both in philosophy at large and in the philosophy and ethics of technology.  You are willing and able to collaborate with researchers and teachers from nonphilosophical disciplines.  You have an excellent command of the English language.  All master programs and many bachelor programs at the University of Twente are taught in English, and English is the official language at departmental meetings.  If you do not master Dutch, we would like you to eventually learn Dutch as a second language.  You are prepared to move to the Netherlands, to the region where the University of Twente is located.

About the University and Region:
The University of Twente (UT) is a research university with a strong international orientation and a focus on science & engineering and social and behavioral sciences.  It includes more than 3,300 faculty and staff and 9,000 students.  The UT is a campus university, located in the city of Enschede, in the east of the Netherlands.  Enschede is a lively city of 150,000, located in beautiful countryside and near spectacular nature areas. It is only two hours away from major European cities like Amsterdam, Cologne and Düsseldorf, three hours from Brussels and less than six hours (by car or train) from London, Paris and Berlin.

Information and Application:
For more information, please contac
t Prof. dr. Philip Brey, full professor and chair (phone: +31-53-4894426).  Your application should reach us by September 24th, 2012, and should include a CV, a letter of application (including a summary of your teaching evaluations), a summary and table of contents of your dissertation (or your full dissertation), a recent paper, and contact information for 3 or more references.  Applications should be uploaded via

PRE-CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative

Clark University
Worcester, MA, USA
June 12-14, 2013

The Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) is organizing an international conference to be held on June 12-14, 2013, at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. SCORAI is the North American knowledge network of professionals working to address challenges at the interface of material consumption, human fulfillment, lifestyle satisfaction, and technological change. Scholars working in the field of sustainable consumption are seeking to better understand the connections between material consumption and societal well-being and to chart transition pathways toward a more sustainable future. The aim is to formulate options for post-consumerist lifestyles, social institutions, and economic systems in wealthy countries of the global North. The 2013 Conference at Clark University will follow three previous SCORAI workshops held in North America at Clark (2009), Princeton (2011), and Vancouver (2012) and a Trans-Atlantic workshop Austria (2012).

The formal call for abstracts will be issued on July 1. At that time we will invite proposals for sessions and individual papers based on theoretical and applied research focusing on the above issues. We especially welcome contributions from interdisciplinary research that addresses, but is not limited to, such topics as: subjective and social wellbeing, socio-technical transitions, evolution of social practices in a technological society and their ecological impacts, local innovations in alternative systems of provisions and lifestyles (including grassroots initiatives), new economic and institutional models in the context of ecological limits, and the role and prospects for social movements toward a post-consumerist society (including the emergence of compelling future visions). We also welcome scholarly contributions that address sustainable consumption in the context of political power and institutional structures as well as the role of academic community in affecting a transition to a sustainable future.

Learn more about what we do and connect with the SCORAI community.

JOB – Lyman Briggs College

Lyman Briggs College—an undergraduate, residential science program grounded in the liberal arts at Michigan State University—invites applications for an instructor in history, philosophy, and/or sociology of science (HPS).  Please note that this position is contingent upon administrative approval.  The term of appointment will be the 2012-2013 academic year, with the possibility of renewal.  Candidates must be committed to undergraduate teaching, and should hold at least a Master’s degree with a specialization in the history, philosophy, and/or sociology of science or technology, including environmental ethics and philosophy.  The successful candidate will teach a total of five courses: two or three sections of our first-year Introduction to HPS course, and two or three upper-division HPS courses.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

This position is posted on the MSU Applicant Page (MAP), posting #5987.  Applications must be submitted through Michigan State University,, and should include a cover letter, CV, teaching portfolio, and three letters of recommendation.

Deadline to ensure consideration of applications is April 29, 2012, but review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Questions regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Robert Pennock, or at Lyman Briggs College; 35 East Holmes Hall; Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI 48825-1107.  More details about this position, including the teaching portfolio required by all applicants, can be found at


FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS – Int. Assoc. for Environmental Philosophy 16th Annual Meeting

Rochester, NY, November 3-5, 2012 The Hyatt Regency
Following the 51st Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and  Existential Philosophy (SPEP)

Deadline: March 15, 2012

Please send a single-spaced proposal (500-600 words) PLUS abstract  (75-100 words) in Word format to the IAEP Secretary.

Since the selection process is through blind review, proposals should  include:

1. A cover letter that provides detailed contact information (including  physical and electronic addresses & academic affiliation) of the  author(s) AND indicates the need for audio/visual equipment, if any.

2. In a separate document the abstract and proposal, without any  identifying information as to the author(s).

Panel proposals should include an abstract for panel as a whole (350-500  words) plus cover letter, proposal and abstract for each paper as  described above. Each proposal will be judged on its own merits.**

Each author may submit only 1 proposal for consideration each year.

Papers previously published or under review for publication will not be  accepted.International Association for Environmental Philosophy Sixteenth Annual Meeting

Graduate Student: indicate in your cover letter if you wish to be
considered for this prize. If your proposal is accepted you will be
asked to submit a complete paper (3000 words maximum, excluding notes)  by September 15. The winner will be announced during the conference.

IAEP offers a forum for the philosophical discussion of our relation to  the natural environment. Embracing a broad understanding of
environmental philosophy, IAEP encourages papers in the areas of environmental ethics, environmental aesthetics, ontology, theology,  philosophy of science, political philosophy, eco-feminism, philosophy of  technology, and the like. IAEP welcomes a diversity of approaches,  including those inspired by Continental philosophy, the history of  philosophy, and the tradition of American philosophy.

Irene Klaver, University of North Texas /Co-Director/:

Brian Schroeder, Rochester Institute of Technology /Co-Director/:

PDF of Announcement