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Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Department of Philosophy at Occidental College invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral Fellowship. In collaboration with faculty in the department, the Fellow will aim to develop courses that enhance

undergraduate research, especially for underrepresented and first-generation students, and foster collaboration with community institutions. An interest in, and ability to implement, innovative uses of digital technology will also be valued.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in philosophy by the start date of August 1, 2016. (AOS) and (AOC) are both open, but the responsibilities of the Fellow include:

·  Teaching four courses per year over a two-year appointment, including:

  • Introduction to Philosophy;
  • Two of the following - Philosophy of ArtPhilosophy of RaceEnvironmental EthicsGlobal JusticeFeminism, or Contemporary Moral Philosophy;
  • A new research-focused first year seminar that employs digital approaches to knowledge production or sharing, and builds partnerships with community organizations.

·  Mentoring and supervising one or two students per year conducting summer research projects and up to one student per semester serving as “education-in-action” facilitators attached to the Fellows’ courses.

·  Participating in two Center for Digital Liberal Arts Summer Institutes that support course and assignment development.

·  Participating in two year-round faculty development workshops with other Fellows, faculty, and the Center for Community Based Learning.

·  Maintaining an active research program.

Occidental College offers a unique combination of a rigorous academic program, small size, and diverse student body, located among the natural and cultural resources of Los Angeles. The College, and the Department of Philosophy, value creativity, academic accomplishment, and civic engagement, and aim to realize an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to the liberal arts in the context of a close-knit community of excellent teacher-scholars and engaged students. Occidental College is an equal opportunity employer. Underrepresented philosophers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

  • Letter of interest that addresses preparation for the responsibilities listed above
  • CV
  • Research statement
  • Writing sample
  • A statement of teaching philosophy, which also includes ideas about: 1) how to develop research-based coursework for diverse 1st and 2nd-year undergraduate students at a liberal arts college; 2) how one’s scholarly interests could be enhanced by partnership with LA-based community organizations; and 3) how to foster digital scholarship in the context of a liberal arts college.
  • Evidence of teaching excellence
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation

For Submissions and More Information Contact:

Department Coordinators/Department Chairs of Mellon Post-Doc Humanities Programs:

Patricia Micciche, Administrative Manager, email:

Application Deadline: Review of applications will be rolling. For full consideration, please submit your materials by December 15.



October 8, 2015


The Philosophy Department is hosting speaker Foad Dizadji-Bahmani of CSULA and the Beginning of the Year Party.


April 2, 2010

Philosophy Senior Comprehensive presentations will take place on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm in Fowler 202. For a list of seniors and their topics, go here.

November 10, 2009

The long-standing controversy about Heidegger's role in Nazi Germany is discussed in this review of a new book:

Emmanuel Faye’s Book Questions Status of Heidegger -

November 4, 2009

CALL FOR PAPERS 14TH ANNUAL PACIFIC UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE April 16-17, 2010 Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon, USA Keynote talk by Alvin Plantinga (University of Notre Dame) The 14th annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be held April 16-17, 2010 on the campus of Pacific University, in Forest Grove, Oregon. The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for the presentation of philosophical work of undergraduates to their peers. Papers are required to be of philosophical content, but there are no specific restrictions on subject matter within the arena of philosophical discussion itself. Papers should be approximately 3000 words (10-12 pages). Electronic submissions, including paper and abstract (Word documents), should be sent to Submission deadline is FEBRUARY 1. Final decisions will be made by February 28. Volunteers for paper commentators are also... Read More

October 28, 2009

Please join us for our colloquium featuring Paul Gomberg, Professor of Philosophy at Chicago State University. For details, go here.

October 26, 2009

The Philosophy Department's Annual BBQ has changed time! Friday, October 30,  2009 1130 - 2 pm Sycamore Glen Please join students, faculty, alumns, and fellow travelers for a few hours of food, drink, and talk!

October 7, 2009

Friday, October 30 330 - 6 pm Sycamore Glen Occidental College All students interested in philosophy are welcome to join the faculty and majors for an afternoon BBQ with food, drinks, and heavy (or light) conversation!


  • Phone: (323) 259-2792
  • Location: Swan Hall