Philosophy of Language

Tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Philosophy, beginning fall quarter, 2018. 4 courses/year spread over 3 quarters (e.g., 2-2-0), undergraduate and graduate.  Thesis supervision.  Usual non-teaching duties.  AOS: Philosophy of Language.  AOC: Open.  Salary competitive. We are especially interested in scholars whose research interests mesh with those of the present faculty and who will contribute to the department’s active role in interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives. Candidates should submit a letter of application, a complete CV, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. All candidates must submit documents electronically by November 20, 2017 to ensure full consideration. Review of applications will begin immediately. AA/EOE. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. 

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  1. Applications will only be accepted through the online form. Please make sure all documents are prepared in advance, because partial applications will not be accepted and cannot be saved. Also, please be sure all information is entered completely and accurately (especially names and email addresses), as there will be no opportunity for online revision after your application has been accepted.
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  3. Three names and email addresses for external referees are required. Please note that your references will be automatically contacted to upload letters of recommendation upon completion of your application. NOTE: If you are using a professional placement or dossier service (e.g., interfolio) to submit any or all recommendations, please use the service's address instead of your referee's address in the appropriate space. Once again, please be sure all addresses are entered correctly with no spelling errors; otherwise your referee or dossier service will not receive the instructions.

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When your PDF files and list of references are complete, you may proceed to the Online Application. All required fields must be filled in before you click on the "Submit Application" button. The system will not accept incomplete applications. Applications that are complete by November 20th 2017 will be ensured full consideration. You will receive an email confirmation shortly after your application has been received.