Placement

Departmental Placement Record

The job Placement Record (PDF) lists the current/first positions of all students that completed a PhD in philosophy at the University of Toronto since 2002.

Every effort is made to ensure that our record is accurate; we welcome any corrections or updates (please email Mary Frances Ellison with any relevant information).


Current Placement Candidates (2017-2018)

Dominic Alford-Duguid, PhD

AOS: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language
AOC: Philosophy of Law, Metaphysics, Ethics (normative and applied), Logic, Epistemology
Links to CV and personal website

Joshua Brandt, PhD

AOS:  Ethics
AOC:  Philosophy of Law, Bioethics
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Charlie Cooper-Simpson, PhD

AOS:  Kant, Hegel, 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy
AOC:  Early Modern (17th-18th C) Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics
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Willie Costello, PhD

AOS:  Ancient Philosophy
AOC:  Metaphysics, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Literature, Philosophy of Technology
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James Davies, PhD

AOS:  Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics
AOC:  Philosophy of Science, Logic, Philosophy of Mind, History of Early Analytic Philosophy
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Jeremy Davis

AOS:  Ethics, Political Philosophy
AOC:  Bioethics, Philosophy of Law
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Marion Durand (CPAMP)

AOS:  Ancient Philosophy
AOC:  Philosophy of Language, History of Early Analytic Philosophy (esp. Frege)
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Curtis Forbes (IHPST)

AOS: Epistemology of Science, Philosophy of Science
AOC: Epistemology, Formal Logic
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Mark Fortney, PhD

AOS:  Philosophy of Mind/Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Language
AOC:   Philosophy of Love & Sex, Early Analytic Philosophy, Epistemology
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Renaud-Philippe Garner

AOS:  Normative Ethics, Political Philosophy
AOC:  Metaethics, Philosophy of Law
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Daniel Hooley

AOS: Ethics, Animal Ethics
AOC: Bioethics, Environmental Ethics, Political Philosophy
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Eric Mathison

AOS: Ethics, Political Philosophy, Well-Being/Ill-Being
AOC: Perfectionism, Bioethics, Philosophy of Religion, Justice, Autonomy
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Adam Murray, PhD

AOS: Modal Semantics, Logic, Metaphysics
AOC: Logic, Critical Reasoning, Metaphysics, Epistemology
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Jonathan Payton, PhD

AOS: Philosophy of Action, Metaphysics
AOC: Epistemology, Ethics, Philosophy of Language
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Bryan Reece, PhD

AOS: Ancient Philosophy and Action Theory
AOC: Medieval, Early Modern, Ethics (incl. Bioethics), Metaphysics, Epistemology.
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Devlin Russell, PhD

AOS: Ethics;  Action Theory
AOC: Applied Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology
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Sean Smith

AOS: Philosophy of Mind, Indian Buddhist Philosophy
AOC: Cognitive Science, Phenomenology, Existentialism
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Jacob Stump, PhD

AOS: Ancient Philosophy, Ethics
AOC: Moral Psychology, Environmental Ethics, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Emotions
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David Suarez, PhD

AOS: Philosophy of Mind, Continental Philosophy (esp. Phenomenology)
AOC: Kant, German Idealism
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Michael Szlachta

AOS: Medieval Philosophy
AOC: Early Modern Philosophy, Ethics, Free Will & Action Theory
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Benjamin Wald, PhD

AOS: Ethics, Philosophy of Action and Practical Reason
AOC: Bioethics, Business Ethics, Legal and Political Philosophy, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind
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Departmental Placement Statistics

The following tables show the various sectors in which percentages of our PhD graduates are employed, as well as the locations of their employment, and the average time to the first tenure-track position of academically-employed alumni. The department’s alumni are contrasted with other U of T alumni, alumni from the Faculty of Arts & Science, and alumni from other humanities programs/departments.

Main Employment Sectors of All PhD Graduates, 2000-2015

Department/Division/Faculty/UofTTotal GraduatesPost-secondary Education (PSE): Tenure-TrackPost-secondary Education (PSE): Other PSEPrivate SectorPublic SectorCharitableIndividualOther (Deceased)Unknown
Department of Philosophy15780 (50.96%)41 (26.11%)10 (6.31%)5 (3.18%)2 (1.27%)4 (2.55%) 0 (0.00%) 15 (9.55%)
Faculty of Arts & Science42591353 (31.77%) 1178 (27.66%)661 (15.52%)244 (5.73%)123 (2.89%) 100 (2.35%) 13 (0.31%) 587 (13.78%)
Humanities1588568 (35.77%)502 (31.61%) 77 (4.85%) 62 (3.90%)54 (3.40%) 71 (4.47%) 6 (0.38%) 248 (15.62%)
U of T108862850 (26.18%) 2711 (24.90%) 1996 (18.34%) 1051 (9.65%) 313 (2.88%) 286 (2.63%)36 (0.33%) 1643 (15.09%)

Current Employment Location of PhD Graduates, 2000-2015

Department/Division/Faculty/U of TTotal GraduatesTotal Found GraduatesEmployed in CanadaEmployed in USAEmployed Outside Canada/USA
Department of Philosophy15714267 (41.18%)52 (36.62%) 23 (16.20%)
Faculty of Arts & Science425936722159 (24.75%)909 (24.33%) 604 (15.45%)
Humanities15881340837 (62.46%)326 (24.33%)117 (13.21%)
U of T 1088692436136 (66.39%)1918 (20.75%)1189 (12.86%)

Average Time to First Tenure-Track (TT) Position, 2000-2015

Department/Division/Faculty/U of T Total TT ProfessorsTotal TT Professors w. Identified Date of Appointment (Excluding Outliers)Average Time to TT in Years
Department of Philosophy8033 (41.25%)1.64
Faculty of Arts & Science1353587 (43.39%)2.34
Humanities568218 (38.38%)2.05
U of T 28501201 (42.14%)2.50

About the department’s Placement Officer

The department appoints a Placement Officer to counsel students at any stage of the doctoral program, and also to provide assistance especially to those nearing completion and preparing to enter the job market in philosophy. The current Placement Officer is Professor Karolina Hübner.

The Placement Officer provides general information about this market and about how to determine one’s readiness for it. The Placement Officer also oversees the job application process by, among other things, reviewing the students’ completed dossiers;  arranging practice job talks and mock interviews;  and advising students who are interviewing for jobs via Skype and during campus visits.

Planning for the academic job market

 Although many of the Department’s job candidates compete successfully each year for teaching positions that are listed by colleges and universities throughout North America (and beyond), the department cannot guarantee a job for those who complete the PhD.
Since the doctoral program is a period of both academic and professional training, the department urges its students to plan for the marketplace in a careful and gradual way as they advance through the program (for example, by attending local conferences, publishing papers, submitting a paper to the organizers of a conference as well as volunteering to prepare a commentary for an accepted paper, and becoming a member of the Canadian Philosophical and American Philosophical Associations).
Throughout the placement process, students should seek regular advice from graduate faculty with common interests, and particularly from the members of their Qualifying and Thesis Committees.