Philosophy Placement Program

The Department of Philosophy is committed to placing its doctoral candidates in suitable academic employment.

The three main components of the placement program has been devised to make UBC graduates competitive in the philosophy labour market.

1. Research and Publication

Graduate students are advised to tailor their seminar and thesis research to the needs of the philosophy market, while of course, pursuing their own philosophical interests. Presentation and publication are essential to success in placement. Students are required to present their on-going research in the Graduate Student Colloquium and some senior candidates are invited to give presentations as part of the Philosophy Department Colloquium.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies provides travel stipends for students presenting papers at academic conferences. Members of the Department with extensive publication experience help students prepare manuscripts for submission.

2. Teaching Experience

Most graduate students serve as teaching assistants and many doctoral students teach courses of their own, ideally at a variety of levels and in a variety of areas of philosophy. Extensive teaching experience is an asset for candidates seeking teaching positions. They should write a teaching statement, assemble a comprehensive set of teaching evaluations and should solicit at least two letters of recommendation that focus on teaching covering a period of several terms.

3. The Placement Workshop

The Philosophy Department sponsors an annual workshop for prospective job-seekers. New graduate students are encouraged to attend so that they may plan their activities in graduate school with placement in mind. Workshop activities include:

  • An introduction to preparing for the job market
  • A roadmap to the dossier: letters, writing samples, dissertation abstract, teaching statement and evaluations
  • Tips and tricks from recent job candidates
  • Videotaped mock interviews and “job talks”

Philosophy Placement Program Data

See where some of our talented alumni are working as a result of the Philosophy Placement Program.

Student Year of PhD Dissertation Title Supervisor Current / First position
Garson Leder 2018 The Skill of Mental Health Christopher Mole A two-year clinical ethics fellowship at the Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical College
Jiwon Byun 2017 Thomas Henry Huxley's Agnostic Philosophy of Science John Beatty Adjunct Professor, School of Liberal Studies, Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea
Stefan Lukits 2016 Information Theory and Partial Belief Reasoning Paul Bartha SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Philosophy Dept, University of Toronto
Gerardo (Jerry) Viera 2016 Time in Mind: The Cognitive Science of Temporal Representation Eric Margolis Postdoctoral Fellow, Ctr for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp
Taylor Davis 2014 The Evolution of Religion and the Evolution of Culture Eric Margolis Assistant Professor, Dept of Philosophy, Purdue (Tenure Track)
Tyler DesRoches 2014 The World as a Garden: A Philosophical Analysis of Natural Capital in Economics Margaret Schabas Assistant Professor, Philosophy, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and Assistant Professor, Sustainability and Human Well-Being, School of Sustainability, Arizona State (Tenure Track)
Jamie Hellewell 2014 Political Freedom: A Defence of Natural Rights Republicanism Paul Russell Site Director, Servant Partners, Vancouver / Postdoctoral Fellow, UBC Centre for Applied Ethics
Andrew Inkpen 2014 Denaturing Nature: Philosophical and Historical Reflections on the Artificial-Natural Distinction in the Life Sciences John Beatty Herzberg Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept of Philosophy, Dalhousie / SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dept of History of Science, Harvard
Alirio Rosales 2014 The Narrative Structure of Scientific Theorizing John Beatty and Sarah Otto (Zoology) Sessional Instructor, University of the Fraser Valley / Postdoctoral Fellow, Biodiversity Research Ctr, UBC and Postdoctoral Fellow, Management and Information Systems, Sauder School of Business, UBC
Ian Brooks 2013 Virtue and situation: Effects of situational factors on attention and emotion Scott Anderson Lecturer, Fraser International College, SFU / Sessional Instructor, UBC
Oisin Deery 2013 Agentive Experience Compatibilism Paul Russell A Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

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