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2016-17 Provost¹s Postdoctoral Initiative in the Humanities and Social Sciences



Events Calendar

FALL 2017





Friday-Sunday, March 3-5, Greek Philosophy Conference; organizer Joanne Waugh.
Friday-Saturday, March 9-11, Southeast Seminar in Modern Philosophy and PGSO Annual Conference, Keynote speakers, Justin Smith (Paris) and Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest); organizers, Doug Jesseph, Dwight Lewis, and Alex Shillito

FALL 2016
Friday, October 7, 3:30 p.m. Colloquium: "Kant on the Role of the Understanding in the Unity of Sensibility” Jessica Williams (Stanford University). The Philosophy Seminar Room, FAO 248
Friday-Saturday, October 21-22, Descartes’ Correspondence, Theo Verbeek (Utrecht), Erik-Jan Bos (Nijmegen), and others; organizer, Roger Ariew
Friday-Saturday, November 18-19, Is There Any Such Thing As A Language?: 30 Years After "A Nice Derangement", Keynote speakers, Ernest Lepore (Rutgers), Michael Williams (Johns Hopkins), and others; organizer, Richard Manning

--Brian Dunst earned USF's 2013 Outstanding Dissertation Award for Embodying Social Practice: Dynamically Co-Constituting Social Agency.

Tuesday, January 19, 5:00 p.m., FAO 248 -- Philosophy Colloquium, Dr. Elliott Sober, Hans Reichenbach Professor, William F. Vilas Research Professor, Philosophy Department, University of Wisconsin.
Friday, February 12, Philosophy Colloquium, Dr. Gillian Barker (Philosophy, U. Western Ontario). Author of the recent Beyond Biofatalism (Columbia 2015).
March 11-13, Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable Meetings at USF, Marshall Center --
March 25-26, 9th Annual Graduate Student Conference, Tampa Campus

FALL 2015
The Week of August 17-21: Philosophy Department Graduate Student Orientation
Friday, 10/2, 3-4:30 PM: Ashley Graham Kennedy, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Honors College, Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science (Secondary), College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Philosophy Colloquium
Tuesday, 11/3, 6 p.m, John Dupré, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Philosophy, and Director of Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences, University of Exeter, U.K.
"Are You a Thing or a Process? And Why It Matters" -- Humanities Institute Distinguished Scholar-In-Residence, CWY 206.
Friday, 11/6, 3:00 p.m., John Dupré, "Structure and Function: A Process Perspective" -- Philosophy Colloquium, FAO 248.

Friday, February 6, Andrew Cutrofello, Graduate program director, Loyola University Chicago, 2-3:45, FAO 248
Evelyn Fox Keller (MIT):  Feb. 11-14,

Friday, February 27, Otávio Bueno, Professor, Miami University, 3:00-4:30, FAO 248
March 13-14, Delimiting Limits: 8th Annual Graduate Philosophy ConferenceProgram

FALL 2014
The Week of August 18-22: Philosophy Department Graduate Student Orientation
Wednesday September 17, Humanities Lecture, Robert Westman (UCSD)
Wednesday, October 22, Distinguished Humanities Alumni Award, Inmaculata de Melo-Martin (Cornell), PhD USF, Philosophy, evening (TBA)
Friday, October 31-Sunday, November 2, Leibniz Society of North America
, meeting at USF-Tampa. Keynotes: Daniel Garber (Princeton) and Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory)
Friday, November 14-Saturday, November 15, Florida Philosophical Association, meeting at USF-Tampa

February 28- March 2, 2014, PGSO Conference with Southeast Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
February 28-March 1: USF’s Philosophy Graduate Student Organization Conference
March 1-2: Southeast Seminar on Early Modern Philosophy
March 21, 2014, Peter King (University of Toronto), "Augustine's New Genre for Philosophy: The Confessions" -- Colloquium, 2 PM, FAO 248.
April  24-27, 2014, Ancient Philosophy Society conference (Joanne Waugh host
mid-May, 2014, The Heidegger Circle will meet at the Hilton in St. Pete (Charles Guignon and Kevin Aho, hosts)



























University of South Florida Postdoctoral Scholars
Social Sciences and Humanities, 2015-16
Global Change in a Dynamic World

The University of South Florida is pleased to announce the 7th year of its Postdoctoral Scholars program in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The over-arching theme for this program is Global Change in a Dynamic World. Potential themes include (but are not limited to) sustainability; sustainable development; hazard and disaster management; climate change; population changes; technology and information issues; communication and language development; cultural diasporas; ethnicity, gender, and aging issues; cultural heritage and histories; citizenship; identity; health, economic, education, and environmental disparities; political economy; ethics; human rights; animal rights; peace and conflict studies; injury and violence; security and surveillance issues. Specific research and geographical areas are open, and applicants may consider both past and contemporary perspectives.

Postdoctoral Scholars will: (i) work closely with distinguished faculty; (ii) participate in an interdisciplinary project with the cohort of postdoctoral scholars; (iii) teach two courses over a twelve-month period; and (iv)continue to build an independent research record and engage in publishing refereed articles and creative scholarship. 

More information can be found at

Postdoctoral Scholars
At least four twelve-month postdoctoral scholarships will be awarded in Spring 2015 with appointments beginning in August 2015. Appointments are for full time employment (40 hours per week) and will be continued for a maximum of 2 years contingent upon satisfactory performance. The salary is $40,000 per year and the University contributes to a health insurance program for postdoctoral scholars and their dependents. Support for travel to academic conferences will also be available. Scholars will be responsible for relocation and housing expenses.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in one of the following disciplines: Anthropology; Communication; English; Geography, Environmental Science and Policy; Government and International Affairs; History; Philosophy; Sociology, or an affiliated program, earned no earlier than 2012. Candidates who will have successfully defended their dissertations by June 1, 2015 will also be considered, however the doctoral degree must have been conferred prior to the first day of employment. Note: applicants must have received their doctoral degree from an institution other than the University of South Florida. 


Letters of application and supporting material must include the following:

  1. A cover letter stating your interest in this Postdoctoral Initiative. It must provide details on (i) how your research and teaching expertise would contribute to the theme of Global Change in a Dynamic World and the goals and aspirations of the USF Strategic Plan ( (ii)the department with which you would like to be affiliated; (iii) your teaching experience and courses that you would like to offer; and (iv) your long-term goals. 
  2. A Curriculum Vitae,
  3. Two letters of reference,
  4. Scanned copies of your published papers/scholarly works or book chapters (maximum of 50 pages).
  5. Scanned copy of your current academic transcript from your doctoral-granting institution.
  6. Copies of teaching evaluations from the most recent academic year.

Send all application materials to:

Final application submission deadline is Friday December 5th, 2014.

The University of South Florida is one of only four Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities (RU/VH), a distinction attained by only 2.3% of all U.S. universities. USF is ranked 43rd in the nation in total research expenditures.  The university is authorized to provide 241 degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. USF ranks 15th among all universities granted U.S. patents in 2013 according to the Intellectual Property Owners Association. The University has a $1.5 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee.