Departmental Placement Record

The job Placement Record lists the current/first positions of all students that completed a PhD in philosophy at the University of Toronto since 1970:

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 (2019-2020)

AOS: Area of specialization
AOC: Area of competence

Jeremy Davis, PhD

AOS:  Ethics, Political Philosophy
AOC:  Bioethics, Philosophy of Law
Links to CV and personal website

Renaud-Philippe Garner, PhD

AOS:  Ethics, Political Philosophy
AOC:  Metaethics, Philosophy of Law
Links to CV and personal website

Aaron Henry, PhD

AOS: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology
AOC: Philosophy of Action, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Applied Ethics (esp. Environmental Ethics)
Links to CV and personal website

Parisa Moosavi, PhD

AOS: Ethics, Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence
AOC: Logic, Applied Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Technology
Links to CV and personal website

Manish Oza

AOS: Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Law
AOC: German Idealism (especially Hegel), Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language; Logic
Links to CV and personal website

Jonathan Payton, PhD

AOS: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Action
AOC: Early Modern Philosophy, Ethics/Meta-ethics, Philosophy of Language
Links to CV and personal website

Francesco Pica, PhD (CPAMP)

AOS: Medieval Philosophy
AOC: Bioethics, Philosophy of Law, Free Will
Links to CV and personal website

Owen Pikkert, PhD

AOS: Early Modern Philosophy
AOC: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, Ancient Philosophy
Link to personal website.

Julia Smith

AOS: Epistemology
AOC: Bioethics, Normative Ethics, Metaethics
Links to CV and personal website

Michael Szlachta, PhD

AOS: Medieval Philosophy
AOC: Early Modern Philosophy, Ethics, Free Will & Action Theory
Links to CV and personal website

Jessica Wright

AOS: Philosophy of Mind, Ethics
AOC: Cognitive Science, Bioethics, Environmental Ethics, Epistemology, Pragmatism
Links to CV and personal website

Matthew Wurst, PhD

AOS: Early Modern Philosophy
AOC: Bioethics, Medieval Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion
Links to CV and personal website

Stephen Zylstra, PhD

Links to CV and personal website

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 Placement Officer for 2019-20 is Professor Tom Hurka, and the Placement Staff person is Mary Frances Ellison.

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.