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 Belinda Piercy with any relevant information).

Current Placement Candidates (2021-2022)

AOS: Area of specialization
AOC: Area of competence

Rachel Bryant, PhD

AOS:  Ethical Theory, Animal Ethics, Environmental Ethics
AOC:  Applied Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Biology, Science and Values, Feminist Philosophy
Link to CV

Douglas Campbell, PhD

AOS:  Ancient Philosophy
AOC:  Applied Ethics, Early Modern Philosophy, Indian Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy
Link to CV

Steven Coyne, PhD

AOS:  Moral and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law
AOC:  Early Modern Philosophy, Logic
Links to CV and personal website

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

Rory Harder

AOS: Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind
AOC: Epistemology (including formal), Logic
Links to CV and personal website

Natasha Hay (Comparative Literature)

AOS: Continental Philosophy, Social and Cultural Theory, Literature and Philosophy
AOC: Political Philosophy, Aesthetics, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Education
Link to CV

Natalie Helberg

AOS: Continental Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy
AOC: Philosophy of Literature, Bioethics
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

Griffin Klemick

AOS: Pragmatism, History of Analytic Philosophy
AOC: Continental Philosophy, Epistemology, Ethics, History of Philosophy
Link to CV and personal website

Kamil Majcherek

AOS: Medieval Philosophy
AOC: Early Modern Philosophy, Metaphysics
Link to CV and personal website

Róbert Mátyási, PhD

AOS: 17th & 18th Century Philosophy, Metaphysics
AOC: Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Ethics, Early Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Race and Gender
Links to CV and personal website

Geordie McComb, PhD

AOS: Epistemology, Thought Experiments, Aesthetics of Literature
AOC: Philosophy of Science, Early Analytic Philosophy
Link to CV

Daniel Munro, PhD

AOS: Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind
AOC: Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics
Links to CV and personal website

Owen Pikkert, PhD

AOS: Early Modern Philosophy
AOC: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, Ancient Philosophy
Links to CV and personal website.

Julia Smith, PhD

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

Etye Steinberg, PhD

AOS: Philosophy of Action, Business Ethics, Ethics
AOC: Data Ethics, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, 17th & 18th Century Philosophy
Links to CV and personal website

Hamish Russell

AOS: Ethics, Political Philosophy
AOC: Business Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Environmental Ethics, Public Policy
Link to CV

Daniel Walsh, PhD

AOS: Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Mind

Mason Westfall, PhD

AOS: Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Philosophy of Cognitive Science
AOC: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Sexuality, Business Ethics, Environmental Ethics
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 2021-22 is Professor Tom Hurka, and the Placement Staff person is Belinda Piercy.

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.