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David Vessey, Interim Chair

Christine DeMichieli, Office Coordinator

Contact us:
Mackinac Hall B3-105
Allendale, Michigan 49401
Tel (616) 331-2114
Fax (616) 331-2601  

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Welcome to the Philosophy Department

The Department of Philosophy is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  and offers both a Major and a Minor in Philosophy.

The Department counts 22 full-time faculty members working in a variety of specialties.

The Department's international faculty is made of active scholars who are committed to undergraduate education. They are at Grand Valley to share their expertise in a wide variety of philosophical schools, national traditions, historical periods, and specialized areas of philosophical work.

The curriculum is designed to provide a foundation of solid understanding of the history of philosophy, but also to encourage students to pursue work in their own areas of interest. Formal coursework is only one part of the Philosophy student's education. Since inquiry and study are most fruitful when conducted in a vital community of fellow scholars, the Department is committed to offering a number of excellent learning opportunities that go beyond traditional classroom structures.

Course Offerings Fall 2017 and Winter 2018

Use the following link or click navigation tab on the left entitled Course Offerings for a list of Philosophy 200-400 courses: current-course-offerings-2017-18-108.htm

Colloquium Series and Calendar of Events

All are invited to attend our series of colloquium presentations by GVSU faculty and guests. Here is the link to Fall schedule.  Fall 2017 Colloquium Series Calendar 

For details on most current Colloquium Event, go to Event tab and choose Upcoming Colloquium on drop down.

Position Announcement

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Position Title:  Assistant Professor of Philosophy, with emphasis in Bioethics, including medical ethics

Required Qualifications and Education:

The Department is hiring a specialist in Bioethics, including medical ethics, for an assistant professor, tenure track position. Candidates are required to have Ph.D. in philosophy. ABD will be considered with Ph.D, completed by August 31, 2018. The department seeks applicants who can fulfill our teaching needs in Professional Ethics.

Preferred Qualifications and Education: 

We prefer candidates with a solid grounding in history of philosophy and a commitment to excellent teaching in the tradition of liberal education. We have additional teaching needs in aesthetics and feminist philosophy.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions: 

3 courses/semester, undergraduate, expectation of active scholarship, usual non-teaching duties. Summer teaching possible.

Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with qualifications

Department/Division:  Philosophy/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Campus: Allendale

Application Deadline Date:  November 1, 2017

How To Apply: Apply online at and click “Apply now”.  Include CV, a cover letter, a statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial transcripts, one writing sample, and a list of at least three references with contact information. The online application system will allow you to attach these documents electronically. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. Any questions about the position should be directed to David Vessey, Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Allendale, Michigan 49401 - (616) 331-5000

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Calendar of Philosophy Related Events

GVSU is hosting the 19th International Conference for the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum on October 5-7, 2017.

 Visit the SEAC website for more information!