Michigan: Fellowship in Classical Liberalism

Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan
Postdoc/Research Fellow
Commences September 1, 2015; one-year term, renewable for second year.
Apply by April 24, 2015 for guaranteed consideration.
$55,000/12 months (plus research stipend)

The holder of this postdoc is expected to participate in the Freedom and Flourishing Project (Prof. Daniel Jacobson, PI) by contributing to its research project on the foundations and central tenets of classical liberalism, and their empirical support; organizing its lecture and roundtable series, which has two events per year; and teaching one course each term of the academic year.

The primary responsibility of the holder of this fellowship is to conduct original research in some area of classical liberal thought, whether historical, empirical, or theoretical. The approach can take any central theme of this intellectual movement, and it can but need not focus on interdisciplinary issues of political economy. The holder is expected to produce and publish a significant body of original work. In addition, we expect the fellowship holder will be appointed at 33.33% effort each fall and winter semester as a Lecturer, delivering one (1) course per term (see below). The postdoc effort would be coordinated so the total effort will be 100% over the 12 months. The fellowship holder will also be responsible for organizing a two-event lecture or roundtable series on a relevant and topical issue, with one event to be scheduled per semester.

Teaching up to one course per term as a Lecturer is the expectation. Courses will be assigned at the discretion of the Chair, in consultation with the postdoc, depending upon the needs the department, qualifications of the post-doc, etc. Teaching duties may include either of the 2 core PPE courses: the gateway to the concentration (PPE 300) or the capstone seminar for seniors (PPE 400), as well as courses at any level of the undergraduate Philosophy program, including introductions. The 33.33% effort Lecturer positions would be covered by the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers’ Employee Organization. Offers for the Lecturer appointments will be made separately from the Research Fellow offer.

Candidates must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. prior to September 1, 2015. A complete application consists of: (1) cover letter, (2) current CV, (3) writing sample, (4) statement of research, (5) evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness, (6) three letters of recommendation. Applicants should send all documents electronically to UMPhil-PostDocApps@umich.edu.

Applications received before April 24, 2015, will be guaranteed consideration, but they will continue to be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled.

The University of Michigan conducts background checks of all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

About Simon Cabulea May

Simon Cabulea May is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He received his PhD from Stanford University. His present research project generally concerns conflicts of moral convictions in public deliberation.
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