John Manchak (philosophy of physics & science), Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington, Seattle, has accepted a tenured offer from the Department of Logic & Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine, effective January 2015. (Manchak earned his PhD at Irvine, under the supervision of David Malament, who is now retired.)
ADDENDUM: John gave me permission to share the fact that as an undergraduate interested in philosophy of physics, he only discovered UC Irvine thanks to the PGR. And it obviously worked out happily!
John Brunero (ethics, metaethics), Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, has accepted appointment as Chambers Associate Professorship of Philosophy and Moral Sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, effective this fall.
Professor Cook was the first African-American woman to earn a PhD in philosophy in the U.S., and taught at a number of leading universities and colleges during her career, including Wellesley, Howard, and Connecticut College. There is an informative profile and interview with her here. I will add links to memorial notices as they appear.
Philosopher Jennifer Whiting (Toronto) invited me to share this memorial notice she wrote about Professor Baker:
Less well-known perhaps than Judith, the hypothetical sister of Shakespeare, Judith Baker, actual philosopher at Glendon College (York University), died two weeks ago today, just after her 76th birthday. Jude – as her husband Ian Hacking was prone to call her – was no doubt more obscure than she deserved, given the brilliance of her thought, to be. But she was – from her early work with Paul Grice through to her late work with Philip Clark – a quintessentially collaborative philosopher. (Clark presented some of their joint work, only days after her death, at the annual meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association.) One can glimpse something of the character of Baker’s mind in her frequently cited “Trust and Rationality” (Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 1987). But it was in interpersonal dialogue that her brilliance shone through: she was a marvelous interlocutor, always willing to consider another’s work on its own terms; a sharp but sympathetic critic; and an imaginative source of vivid and realistic examples (which, according to Grice, enlivened his own interest in ethics in his later years). Baker was above all an amazing friend, one who never failed to ask attentively after the troubles of those who visited her bedside. Such virtues are difficult to quantify and can easily be overlooked. But we should take care not to overlook these who would not – not even on their death beds – let others be overlooked.
I will add links to other memorial notices when they appear.
Julia Markovits (ethics), Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, has accepted appointment as Associate Professor of Philosophy at Cornell, effective this fall.
MOVING TO FRONT FOR THE LAST TIME THIS SEASON--ORIGINALLY POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2014
It's that time of year again...I am opening comments on this thread for people to post news about junior, tenure-track hires in philosophy departments or of philosophy PhDs, i.e., hires made during this year of new assistant professors who will be starting in summer or fall 2014 (or thereafter). (For schools outside the US, please list new Lecturers who are on presumptively permanent appointments--not temporary lecturers.) As in prior years, you may also post information about post-doc appointments, since there are an increasing number of those in philosophy, many quite attractive. No anonymous posts will be allowed. (Please e-mail me about any errors.)
The format of the postings should be as follows: candidate's name (name of PhD-granting school) hired by [name of school]. AOS: ________; any prior positions (e.g., a postdoc, a lectureship, a visiting asst prof position). In the case of a post-doc, it should say not 'hired by' but 'post-doc at' [name of school].
Here's a fictional example:
Jane M. Jones (Rutgers) hired by University of California, Santa Barbara. AOS: Philosophy of Language. Previously a post-doc at Yale.
"Hired by" means a tenure-track or permanent position; a post-doc should be listed as "John Smith (Harvard) post-doc at University of Michigan."
Remember: tenure-track jobs and postdocs only. Please submit information only once; postings should appear within 24 hours.
THE ONLY PERSONS ELIGIBLE TO POST INFORMATION ARE: the candidates themselves; the chair of the hiring department; or the placement chair of the candidate's department. Four years ago, however, a placement chair jumped the gun in posting, so please, placement chairs, make sure it is OK with your students that the information appear!
At the time of his death, he was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kent. He was best-known for work in the philosophy of logic and language, and on Wittgenstein. There is a memorial notice from Kent here.
Anja Jauernig (Kant, early modern philosophy, philosophy of science), currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at New York University, where she will start in January 2015. With other recent senior appointmens (Dorr & Moss from Oxford, Hopkins from Sheffield), this will only solidify NYU's position as the strongest and broadest department in the Anglophone world.
A leading contributor to metaphysics and philosophy of mind over the past half-century, Professor Armstrong spent most of his career at the University of Sydney, though with visiting appointments all over the United States especially. I will post links to memorial notices as they appear.
Marcia Baron, a leading moral philosopher who had moved to St. Andrews in 2012, has decided to return full-time to the Department of Philosophy at Indiana University, Bloomington, effective August 1. That's a significant retention for the Indiana Department.
Dennis McKerlie (moral & political philosophy, ancient philosophy) was a longtime member of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary; there is a brief memorial notice here, with a more complete obituary to follow. I will add a link when it is available.
(Thanks to Nicole Wyatt for the information.)
UDPATE: A longer memorial notice (and information about a memorial event) here.
Jeremy Waldron (political and legal philosophy), who for the past two years has been half-time at New York University (primary appointment in law) and Oxford University (where he has been Chichele Professor of Social & Political Theory), will return full-time to NYU as of August 1.
Robert Gooding-Williams, a philosopher in the Political Science Department here at the University of Chicago well-known for his work on the philosophy of race and on Nietzsche, has accepted appointment as Professor of Philosophy, M. Moran Weston/Black Alumni Council Professor of African American Studies, and founding director of the Columbia Center for Philosophy, Race, and Social Justice. In addition to making Columbia Philosophy a leading place for students interested in philosophy of race, he will also deepen and broaden the Department's longstanding strength in Continental philosophy.
He was, at the time of his death, an emeritus professor of philosophy at Boston University, having taught before that for many years at Penn State. His BU page has more information about his work and career. I will post links to memorial notices when they appear.
UPDATE: An obituary at Philly.com. (Thanks to Chris Surprenant for the pointer.)
Kenney Easwaran (formal epistemology, logic, philosophy of mathematics), who was recently tenured in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, has accepted a tenured offer from the Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. It's been a big year for Philosophy at Texas A&M, especially in formal philosophy.
A leading scholar working at the intersection of philosophy of language and linguistics, Professor Higginbotham taught for over forty years at Columbia, MIT, Oxford, and for more than a decade until his death, at the University of Southern California. I will post links to memorial notices when they appear.
UPDATE: There is more information about his career and work here.
Richard G. Heck, Jr. (philosophy of math, language & logic) at Brown University will not be at Rutgers University, New Brunswick this fall, as originally planned, but will continue next year as a professor at Brown. The Rutgers offer remains open, so students considering Brown and Rutgers during next year's admissions season (for fall 2015) interested in his areas should inquire.
On April 7 the life of an outstanding philosopher, colleague, and friend, Tony Brueckner, came to an untimely end after a short illness. He will be, and is, sorely missed.
Attached is a flyer announcing the Memorial Service. The three endearing videos hyperlinked in the flyer capture Tony's spirit. If you do plan to attend the service, please RSVP to Leslie Brueckner (lesliebrueckner-at-cox-dot-net). There will be a party afterwards, and she wants to make sure that there's enough food and drink.
Ned Markosian, Professor of Philosophy at Western Washington University and a leading contributor to work in metaphysics, has a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Massimo Pigliucci (philosophy of science), Professor of Philosophy at Lehman College, has accepted the K.D. Irani Professorship in Philosophy at City College. He will continue to be part of the faculty at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York as well.
Given the time of year, I think it is important to note that several Cornell faculty are being recruited by (or have offers from) top ten departments. Students considering Cornell should inquire with the Department.
Christopher Shields, Professor of Philosophy at Oxford University and a leading Aristotle scholar, has accepted the Shuster Professorship in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he will begin this fall. Notre Dame has long had a very strong profile in the history of philosophy (especially medieval, modern, and post-Kantian), and with the hire of Sean Kelsey from UCLA several years ago and now Shields, will now have a similar prominence in ancient philosophy.
Mark LeBar (ethics, political philosophy, ancient philosophy), Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ohio University, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at Florida State University, where he will start in January 2015. That's a good development for prospective grad students interested in value theory considering FSU, which already has a strong cluster of faculty in the area (including David McNaughton, Simon May, and others).
A leading contributor to epistemology over the past thirty years, Professor Brueckner taught initially at Yale and then, for most of his career, at the University of California at Santa Barbara. I will post links to memorial notices as they appear. Those on Facebook have no doubt already seen the outpouring of affection and respect for a wonderful person and philosopher.
UPDATE: John Martin Fischer (UC Riverside), who taught with Brueckner at Yale in the 1980s, and collaborated with him on many papers over the years, writes:
I'm sending two videos taken by Rich Ivry (Berkeley Psychology) of Tony Brueckner talking to a co-author (we think it is me). It is informal, but those who deeply love Tony know that it captures the essence of Tony. Both Rich and I hope you will consider posting them.
ANOTHER: The UCSB Department has posted a memorial notice, which I reprint in full below:
On April 7, 2014, the Philosophy Department lost a very dear friend, teacher, and colleague, Professor Anthony Brueckner. Tony spent the bulk of his illustrious career here at UCSB, where he taught since 1988. An extremely careful and tenacious thinker, Tony was also humble, gentle, and kind. Generous with his time, he trained a large number of students over the years. He inspired his students, his colleagues, and his peers in philosophy. Tony was, and is, greatly admired by all who had the distinct privilege of working with him. He taught us and he made us smile. We will miss him.
Martin Peterson (normative ethics, decision theory), currently at Eindhoven Institute of Technology, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University, where he will start this fall.
Professor Loar, a leading contributor to philosophy of mind and language over the past forty years, has passed away. He taught at the Universities of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Southern California, and then for many years at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. I will link to memorial notices as they appear.
(I am uncertain at this stage about his year of birth, but a colleague believes it was 1940. Please e-mail me if you know. According to Balliol College records, he was born 1939.)
UPDATE: Rutgers has posted a brief memorial notice here, which I will paste below in full:
We are sad to report that our colleague Brian Loar passed away on March 31 after a long illness. Brian taught at the University of Michigan and USC before coming to Rutgers in 1994. He retired in 2009. Brian was a subtle and elegant philosophical thinker who influenced generations of students and colleagues and a great friend to many in the profession. He made major contributions to the philosophy of mind and metaphysics and is especially known for developing a novel account of phenomenal states and phenomenal concepts. There will be a memorial that will be announced in this space.
Professor Bacon worked primarily in logic, philosophy of language and ontology, and taught for many years at the University of Sydney and, most recently, at the University of Toledo, where he was emeritus. There is a brief obituary here.
Berit Brogaard (philosophy of mind, psychology & language), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, has been offered a senior position in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Miami. Students thinking about either program will want to keep an eye on what happens; hopefully, it will be resolved before April 15.
UPDATE: Professor Brogaard has accepted the offer from Miami, to start this August. Miami may also be making another senior offer before long. (The Department clearly continues to enjoy strong administrative support.)
Sigrún Svavarsdóttir (ethics, metaethics, moral psychology), Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ohio State University has accepted appointment as Associate Professor of Philosophy (also with tenure) at Tufts University, starting this fall.
Douglas Lavin (ethics, history of ethics, philosophy of action), presently an untenured Associate Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University, has accepted a permanent post as Lecturer in Philosophy at University College London, to begin this fall.
I am sorry to report that my colleague Ted Cohen, a leading figure in the philosophy of art who taught at Chicago since 1967, has passed away. You can find out more about his work here. I will add links to memorial notices when they appear.
UPDATE: There is a memorial website here, with an opportunity for comments from friends, colleagues, and students.
Michael Caie (philosophical logic, philosophy of language, formal epistemology) and Jessica Gelber (ancient Greek and Roman philosophy), both Assistant Professors of Philosophy at Syracuse University have accepted tenure-track offers from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. I usually do not post lateral junior movements, but Caie and Gelber are both advanced junior faculty, and their move will no doubt be of significance to prospective students. (Pitt is also about to make two senior offers to faculty in ancient philosophy.)
Adrienne Martin (moral & political philosophy), Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennslyvania has accepted appointment to the Shankar Professorship of Philosophy, Politics & Economics at Claremont McKenna College, effective fall 2014. She asked me to share that she is "sad to leave behind one completely awesome job, but excited to be moving to another completely awesome job."
Gillian Russell (philosophy of language and logic), Associate Professor of Philosophy at Washington University, St. Louis has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she will start in fall 2015.
Casey O'Callaghan (philosophy of mind, metaphysics), Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rice University, has accepted a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy and the Program in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology at Washington University, St. Louis. This will further consolidate Wash U's status as one of the two or three best programs in philosophy of cognitive science in the Anglophone world.
Kendall Walton, a leading figure in philosophy of art who is currently emeritus at Michigan, will be the Bonsall Visiting Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Stanford University for the Spring quarters of 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Hanna Pickard (philosophy of mind, philosophy of pyschiatry), currently Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Clinical Research Fellow at Oxford University, will take up a half-time Readership in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, effective January 2015. She will continue with the other half of the time her work as a clinical therapist.
Elizabeth Barnes and Ross Cameron, both Associate Professors of Philosophy at the University of Leeds, and both leading young figures in metaphysics, have accepted tenured offers from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Virginia, where they will start this fall. That's a big investment in metaphysics for UVA and, given its existing strengths, will likely push UVA into the U.S. "top ten" in metaphysics, among other areas.
UPDATE: UVA has also appointed, with tenure, Walter Ott (early modern philosophy), who is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Virginia Tech. He will join several other faculty at UVA who work primarily or partly in early modern philosophy.
A longtime member of the Harvard faculty, Professor Scheffler passed away yesterday. He was well-known for his contributions to the philosophy of science and the philosophy of education. His Harvard page has some additional information. I will link to memorial notices as they appear.
Casey O'Callaghan (philosophy of mind, metaphysics), Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rice University, has a senior offer from the Department of Philosophy and the Program in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology at Washington University, St. Louis. Students considering either Rice or Wash U will want to keep an eye on what happens.
Melinda Fagan (philosophy of biology, epistemology), currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rice University, has accepted a tenured offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Utah, where she will be Associate Professor and the first holder of the Sterling McMurrin Chair.
They are: Joshua Dever (philosophy of language) from Texas/Austin; Matthew McGrath (metaphysics) from Missouri; L.A. Paul (metaphysics) from North Carolina/Chapel Hill; and Gabriel Uzquiano (philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics, logic) from Southern California. The appointments are for five years, commencing April 1, 2014 (except McGrath who starts September 1 2014). These are officially quarter-time appointments, though as we noted in the case of Professor Paul, her time in residence will be five weeks each year. (Professor Uzquiano confirms that he will also be at St. Andrews for five weeks each year.)
Continental Philosophy Farhang Erfani, a philosopher at American University, provides a useful set of links to news, events, interviews, reviews, videos, etc. related to "Continental philosophy" (broadly construed)