Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor in Philosophy

Christchurch, New Zealand
04 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
03 Apr 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Humanities and Creative Arts
College of Arts - Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury - Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Christchurch - Ōtautahi, New Zealand - Aotearoa

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position

What You Will Do

We invite applications for a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor or Professor specializing in applied ethics in the Department of Philosophy, situated in the School of Humanities and Creative Arts. One appointment will be made; the level of appointment will depend on the successful candidate's relevant experience.

The successful candidate will contribute to teaching in a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate philosophy courses, not limited to ethics; will be eager to promote ethics as a subject across the university, and to teach ethics courses to students from diverse backgrounds; will maintain a strong research programme and win external research funding; will supervise postgraduate students; and will participate in departmental and university administration. The appointee will be expected to forge links with and contribute to the wider profession at the local, national and international levels. Applicants at the higher levels (Associate Professor and Professor) will be expected to play a leading role in developing interdisciplinary research clusters and/or programmes/qualifications, and in building international academic networks.

Who You Are

Applicants must have a PhD degree and a record of published research. The successful candidate will have expertise in applied ethics, as well as in philosophy more broadly, and in particular in one or more of the following areas: ethics of artificial intelligence, environmental ethics, or business and legal ethics. The successful candidate will be an outstanding teacher, with a strong commitment to developing excellent courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Who You Will Work With

The study of philosophy has been part of the Canterbury curriculum since 1907. Many renowned philosophers have worked at Canterbury, including Sir Karl Popper, who wrote his famous books The Open Society and Its Enemies and The Poverty of Historicism while at Canterbury, and Arthur Prior, who is arguably the most important New Zealand-born philosopher of the 20th century. Popper and Prior began Canterbury's tradition of first-rate philosophical research. Today the Philosophy department - which is situated in both Arts and Science - is noted for its world-class research, especially in scientifically-oriented areas of philosophy, including philosophy of computing, logic, philosophy of mind, and history and philosophy of science and technology. The department is also strong in ethics. Members of the department have won University awards in both research and teaching and have won a number of prestigious international research awards. Philosophy majors and minors study a broad and vibrant curriculum which covers all core areas of philosophy, and the department's interdisciplinary ethos leads philosophers also to teach courses in the College of Science, the College of Engineering, the College of Business and Law, and the School of Health Sciences.

UC has recently developed a new institutional strategy - see https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/news/2019/ucs-strategic-vision-2020-to-2030.html. In this context, we encourage applications that demonstrate particular strength in transdisciplinary research, experience in developing effective international research collaborations, and experience in developing pedagogies that support life-long learning.

For more information about the Philosophy Department, please visit our website.

Some background information about the history of Canterbury philosophy and the University can be found here: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/prior/; http://www.rutherfordjournal.org/article010112.html; and http://popper-prior.nz/.

Why UC

The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of "People Prepared to Make a Difference". You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.

For information about the range of benefits that UC offers including flexible work practices, study opportunities, Erskine Fellowships, and generous superannuation and leave provisions, please visit us: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus

The University of Canterbury is an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 26th April 2020 (Midnight NZ time)

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online through our careers website and should consist of:

  • a cover letter including a short statement (not exceeding two pages) outlining your research interests, and your teaching interests and teaching methods
  • a curriculum vitae which includes publications, research grants, awards, courses taught, and the names and contact details of four referees.

Unfortunately we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process. Please forward these to WorkatUC@canterbury.ac.nz

For further information specifically about the role or the Philosophy Department, please contact Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland, Head of Department, jack.copeland@canterbury.ac.nz