Job Placement Record
The Department of Philosophy has a solid recent placement record in a difficult academic market for PhDs in Philosophy.
Here are our placements for the 2020-21 academic year (so far!):
- Arnold Brooks, Assistant Instructional Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago
- Lawrence Dallman, Humanities Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago
- Emily Dupree, Humanities Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago
- Joshua Fox, Humanities Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago
- Rory Hanlon, Humanities Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago
- Katie Howe, Writing Specialist, University Writing Program, University of Chicago
- Nethanel Lipshitz, Hecht-Levi Postdoctoral Fellowship, Berman Institute for Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University (postdoctoral fellow--2 years)
- Andrew Pitel, Lecturer, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, University of Chicago
- Jessica Tizzard, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Akademische Ratsstelle auf Zeit---6 years)
Here are our placements for the 2019-20 academic year:
- Anastasia Berg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (tenure track)
- Pascal Brixel, Clemson University (tenure track)
- Charlie Capps (JD/PhD), Judicial Law Clerk, Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2 years)
- Elena Comay del Junco, University of Connecticut (tenure track)
- Claire Kirwin, Clemson University (tenure track)
- Gilad Nir, University of Jena (postdoctoral fellow)
- Rory O’Connell, Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (postdoctoral fellow—4 years)
- Skomantas Pocius, Management Consulting Associate, McKinsey
- Matthew Teichman, Programming Specialist, Digital Library Development Center, University of Chicago
Here are our placements for the 2018-19 academic year:
- Dawn Eschenauer Chow, College of DuPage (tenure track)
- Elena Comay del Junco, University of Toronto, Centre for Ethics (postdoctoral fellow)
- Claire Kirwin, University of Chicago (preceptor, MAPH program)
- Nethanel Lipshitz, Safra Center at Tel Aviv University (1 year) and Israeli Science Foundation at Bar Ilan University (2 years); positions held concurrently
- Joshua Mendelsohn, Loyola University Chicago (tenure track)
- Francey Russell, Barnard College (tenure track)
See "Recent Job Placements" below for a comprehensive list of our placement in past years.
The Placement Workshop
Each year, the Department of Philosophy runs a required Placement Workshop for Philosophy PhD students who have decided, in consultation with their dissertation committee, that they are ready to go on the academic job market. The workshop is taught by the faculty Placement Director, with the assistance of other members of the departmental faculty. The Placement Workshop starts at the end of the spring quarter of a given academic year and then meets again several times both in the summer and fall quarters.
The workshop is designed to help students to complete and polish all the required components of a job dossier and to provide other sorts of preparation for going on the academic job market in philosophy. Individual sessions are devoted to discussing and working together on (1) drafts of the various components of each job seeker’s dossier such as the cover letter, CV, research statement, short and long dissertation abstracts, teaching portfolio, and writing sample; (2) the research and teaching “spiels” that job seekers need to prepare in advance of their job interviews; and (3) job talk presentations and accompanying materials. In addition, members of the workshop will discuss personal websites, interviewing skills, and the teaching of sample classes.
The workshop will also provide the framework within which further additional placement-related events, including mock interviews and practice job visit classes, will be scheduled on behalf of graduate students planning to go on the market. In December each year, the Department holds a Graduate Research Conference at which all students on the academic job market for the first time give practice job talks.
The placement director for 2021-22 is Malte Willer. Along with each student’s committee members, Malte will play a primary role in reviewing CVs, writing samples, and letters and will also consult with students on Interfolio and interview preparation. Malte will be available throughout the year to support current PhD students, as well as recent departmental PhDs, on the academic job market.
Financial Aid for Job Market Expenses
Philosophy PhD students who are on the job market for the first time may apply for a one-time stipend from the department for up to $500. Funds can cover job market expenses such as travel to the American Philosophical Association conference, Interfolio fees, or other fees as appropriate.