Job: Assistant Professor in Philosophy and College of Letters (Wesleyan)


[Posted by BR]

I just came across the job listing below on Inside Higher Ed, for an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wesleyan University, to be jointly appointed in both the Department of Philosophy and in the College of Letters. I don’t intend to make a habit of posting job advertisements on this blog, but I thought this one — which specifies “philosophy of literature” and “aesthetics” as desirable areas of competence — would be especially appealing (and suited) to some of our regular readers (or perhaps some of their friends, colleagues, or students: you can use the “share” button located at the upper right-hand corner of this post to email it to others). A few years ago, Ethan Kleinberg (Dept. of History, and chair of the College of Letters) organized a wonderful conference at Wesleyan on “philosophy and literature,” which I was able to attend. My experience at that gathering leads me to believe that Wesleyan would be an especially stimulating and welcoming place for anyone who works on the connections between philosophy and literature. Here is the ad:

Wesleyan University invites applications for an Assistant Professor. Joint Appointment in Department of Philosophy and the College of Letters. Area of specialization: Nineteenth Century European Philosophy (including Kant), with a preference for German Philosophy. Area of competence: Philosophy of Literature, Aesthetics, or the Philosophy of History. The College of Letters is an interdisciplinary department in predominantly European literature, history, and philosophy. Team teaching of material from all three disciplines, over the period from antiquity to the present, is required. Broad literary and historical interests are thus essential. Ph.D. in Philosophy complete or very near completion expected by the time of appointment. Send letter of application, c.v., three letters of reference, a one-page thesis abstract, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a chapter-length writing sample to Chair, Search Committee, Philosophy Department, Wesleyan University, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459. Applications received by December 1, 2009 are assured full consideration. Wesleyan is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and welcomes applications from women and members of historically under-represented groups.

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