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[JOB] Vacancy: Ethics or political philosophy of IT, University of Twente, The Netherlands

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The Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente in the Netherlands is looking for an
Assistant Professor (full-time) in Ethics or Political Philosophy
with a (future) emphasis on information technology and the information society
Appointment for two years, with prospect of a permanent position
The department is currently expanding with an assistant professor position in ethics and/or political philosophy with a focus on information technology (which may include Internet technology and social media, robotics, artificial intelligence, digital communication technologies, database technologies and other digital technologies) and its impacts on society.
The challenge
You teach ethics and possibly political philosophy in the master program in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS; https://www.utwente.nl/en/psts/) and professional and applied ethics and other philosophical subjects for bachelor and master programs in engineering and social science. In particular, you will teach several ethics and philosophy courses for the bachelor programs in computer science, business information technology and creative technology, and the master programmes in computer science, human-media interaction and internet science & technology. Optionally, you could also participate in the University College Twente, an interdisciplinary, highly selective bachelor program with a focus on engineering and social science. You are involved in the supervision of master’s theses in the PSTS program and will at some point supervise PhD students in the department’s PhD program in Ethics and Technology (the scope of which also includes social and political philosophy).
You perform research in the area of ethics and/or political philosophy, with a focus on the role of information technology in society. We are open to all specialties within this scope. We have a particular interest in candidates who will be able to establish collaborations within CTIT (Centre for Telematics and Information Technology; https://www.utwente.nl/ctit/) at the University of Twente. Your research will be embedded in the department’s research program as well as in the 4TU.Center of Excellence for Ethics and Technology (www.ethicsandtechnology.eu), a joint center of the departments of philosophy of the University of Twente, Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology and Wageningen University which currently counts over sixty members, including twenty-four PhD students.
As part of your research activities, you are also expected to apply for external funding and to engage in international and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Your profile
You hold a Ph.D. in philosophy, preferably with a specialization in ethics or political philosophy. Ideally, you combine your specialization in ethics or political philosophy with a broad understanding of and orientation to philosophy and its various subdisciplines. You have either had a focus on information technology in your past research or you have a demonstrable interest in focusing on this technology and it implications for society for your future research. You already have an excellent list of publications in peer-refereed journals, and have relevant international experience.
You also have experience in teaching at the university level, preferably including students in science & engineering, social science, or other nonphilosophical fields, and preferably including professional and/or applied ethics/political philosophy. You have demonstrable didactic skills in teaching, good teaching evaluations, and a passion for teaching. You are able and willing to teach in areas of philosophy outside your philosophical specialization, both in philosophy at large and in the philosophy and ethics of technology. You are willing and able to collaborate with researchers and teachers from nonphilosophical disciplines.
You have an excellent command of the English language. All master programs and many bachelor programs at the University of Twente are taught in English, and in the near future, all bachelor programs will be taught in English. English is the official language at departmental meetings. You are prepared to move to the Netherlands, to the region where the University of Twente is located.
Our offer
You are appointed as assistant professor (full-time), for an initial period of two years, with prospects of a permanent position upon good performance. The position is 40% research, which can be expanded by attracting external funding. The department and faculty support excellence and growth in research and teaching. We are committed to supporting your career development and to enabling you to hold positions of responsibility within the organization. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Universities (CAO). Salary is competitive. Initial assistant professor salary is € 3.427,- – € 4.691,- per month, depending on experience. Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus. Annual salary is € 47827 – € 65466. Starting date is August 2017 (later date negotiable; we opt for the best candidate). We offer excellent auxiliary terms of employment, such as professional and personal development programs; a secondary remuneration package; a dynamic environment with enthusiastic colleagues; an organization focusing on internationalization and a high degree of responsibility and independence.
Job application

Your application should include the following documents:  a cover letter which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it;  a curriculum vitae which includes the name and e-mail address/telephone number for at least two references. Please give a brief summary of your teaching evaluations in your CV or in a separate note (courses taught and evaluation received) – inclusion of full teaching evaluations is optional at this stage;  a writing sample (preferably a published article related to the position);  either a summary and table of contents of your dissertation or the entire dissertation Applications (including curriculum vitae, list of publications) should be uploaded via www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en > vacancies > current vacancies. The application deadline is April 26th, 2017. Interviews will be held within one week after the deadline. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed. Preferred starting date is August 1st, 2017 (later date negotiable).
Further information

Location: This position is based at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente
Contact: prof.dr. Philip Brey (chair Ethics of Technology) T: +31 (0)53 489 4426 (p.a.e.brey@utwente.nl) or prof.dr. Ciano Aydin (Head of the Department) T: +31 (0)53 4893391 (c.aydin@utwente.nl).
About the University of Twente

We stand for science and technology, high tech, human touch, education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente (UT) is a research university with a strong international orientation and a focus on science & engineering and social and behavioral sciences. We include more than 3,300 faculty and staff and 9,000 students. Our motto “high tech, human touch” expresses the aim of combining research in engineering with social and behavioral sciences. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programs. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research. The UT is a campus university, located in the city of Enschede, in the east of the Netherlands. Enschede is a lively city of 150,000, located in beautiful countryside and near spectacular nature areas. It is only two hours away from major European cities like Amsterdam, Cologne and Düsseldorf, three hours from Brussels and less than six hours from Berlin, Paris and London.
The department of philosophy

The department of philosophy (https://www.utwente.nl/bms/wijsb/) at the University of Twente is internationally leading in the philosophy and ethics of technology. At a recent research evaluation of philosophy programs in the Netherlands, it ranked highest in the area of ethics and practical philosophy. The department currently includes eight tenured/tenure-track staff members, three postdocs, seven PhD students, and several part-time faculty. The department participates in and directs the interuniversity 4TU.Center for Ethics and Technology (www.ethicsandtechnology.eu). Both the department and the Center have a strong international orientation and include members from many different nationalities. The department’s research has a strong focus on ethics of emerging technologies and their impact on society (including information and communication technology and robotics, biomedical and neurotechnologies and environmental technologies), the philosophy and ethics of human-technology relations, and the philosophy of engineering and social science.
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Science

The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) of the University of Twente strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through ‘social engineering’ these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is strongly connected to our Institutes on Governance (IGS), ICT (CTIT), Health (MIRA) and Nanotechnology (MESA+).


Kallie Stahl–A Familiar Face Is Now a Full Time Member of Falvey

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: February 2, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News, People

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This month Kallie Stahl joined the Communication and Marketing Department as a Communication and Marketing specialist, reporting to Director Joanne Quinn and working with Regina (Gina) Duffy, events program manager, and Hunter Vay Houtzer, graduate assistant. She became a temporary employee in May 2016 after  working for the department as a graduate assistant.

Stahl originally joined the Library in August 2014 as a graduate assistant in the Scholarly Outreach team led by Darren Poley. As a member of the team and working with Regina (Gina) Duffy and Rebecca (Becky) Whidden, she facilitated and assured the successful execution of the Library’s outreach activities.

Stahl, a native of Williston, Ohio, came to Villanova University to pursue a M.A. in Communication; she is currently completing her thesis, “Crisis on Castle:  Examining the Power of Collective Affect within Convergence Culture.” She also earned a certificate in Critical/Cultural Studies in May 2016. Stahl selected Villanova because its communication faculty members have very diverse academic interests. She graduated in 2013 from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, with a bachelor’s degree in communication and public relations.

She says, “I’m a popular culture fanatic—television, music, literature, graphic novels—I enjoy exploring old and new texts. I enjoy being active, playing and watching sports (silently cheering all of Cleveland’s professional sports teams on to victory.) In my free time, I’m typically making travel arrangements for a new trip abroad.”

She spent six weeks in China, June – July 2015, in Shanghai and Beijing as a participant in the Shanghai Business and Communication Internship Program. Through CRCC Asia she worked as an intern for Monkies Shoes, an international fashion company. Stahl has also visited Mexico, Canada, and Europe; her most recent European trip was 2012 when she enrolled in a summer course in London.

Stahl creates the “Curious ‘Cat” which appears on the Library blog each Thursday; she interviews and photographs students and others, asking a new question each week. She is currently filling in for Regina Duffy (who is on maternity leave) working with events held in Falvey.  She contributes to events, to editorial and marketing efforts to communicate and promote the Library and its key messages, strategic priorities and values; these responsibilities will continue after Duffy returns.

Look for the Curious ‘Cat later today.


Photo by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.

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James Richardson, Poet, Kicks Off the Literary Festival

“The days are in order, the months, the seasons, the years. But the weeks are work. They have no names; they repeat.”
– James Richardson

Today, Jan. 31, James Richardson will visit Villanova University as part of the Literary Festival, co-sponsored by a host of organizations across campus including the English Department and the Falvey Memorial Library. A professor of creative writing at Princeton University, Richardson will talk about his newest collection, During, among other literary topics, during his visit to the Radnor/St. David’s Room in the Connelly Center at 7 pm.

James Richardson

Richardson’s career in the field of English literature began with his undergraduate education at Princeton University, where he graduated in 1971. From there he traveled to the University of Virginia to earn his MA and Ph.D., programs which he completed by 1975. For the next five years, Richardson taught at Harvard University as an assistant professor.

The majority of his academic career, however, has been spent at Princeton University, where he has served as a professor, a director of their creative writing program and as a seminar presenter. Richardson’s own creative work in poetry has brought him critical acclaim, and his unique voice and style have propelled him to the heights of literary accomplishment.

In addition to appearing in the New Yorker, Richardson’s work has appeared in various anthologies and collections published throughout the early 21st century. He’s also published a number of book-length works that contain both poetry and aphorisms. His books include As IfA Suite for Lucretians, and How Things Are; they are available through Interlibrary Loan.

By his own admission, Richardson’s aphorism writing started “more as a questionable habit” than the foundation for a career, but his work, of obvious cultural importance, has landed him in the lineup of this year’s Literary Festival. His presentation promises to be of as many philosophical, aesthetic and academic turns as his poetry, and we hope to see you there!

Dig Deeper:


Dig deeper with his additional works available through Falvey’s catalogue: By the Numbers, Interglacial and Reservations or by viewing his biography via the Gale Literature Resource Center.

william thumbnailArticle by William Repetto, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.


“Jean Heck, PhD: Collector of the Sacred”

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: January 24, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News, People
Poster designed by Joanne Quinn

Poster designed by Joanne Quinn

The exhibit, “Jean Heck, PhD:  Collector of the Sacred,” was installed just before the Christmas break and will remain on view until February 1. Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator, and Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant, installed the exhibit on the first floor of Falvey. Foight curated the exhibit and researched and wrote the texts for the informative placards. Joanne Quinn designed the poster featuring a black and white portrait of Heck.

Five cases of materials show objects from the recent donation of rare sacred texts collected by Dr. Heck (1944-1916) who taught finance at Villanova University from 1983 until 2006. He and his wife, Nancy, a faculty member in the School of Business, donated the collection to Falvey’s Special Collections. Among his varied interests, Dr. Heck was a bibliophile who collected religious literature from a variety of cultures as reflected in this display.

The exhibit is arranged thematically:  “New World,” “Christian Bibles,” “Sacred Texts of Judaism and Islam” and “Reform and Renewal.” Primarily European, there is one object from Peru, a small carved stone with an incised cross, dated c.1500. The earliest text in the display is dated 1450; the latest is a Holy Bible printed in 1884.

stone resizedThe “New World” section contains an exhibition introduction written by Foight; Dr. Heck’s obituary; a catalog of an exhibit held at St. Joseph’s University in 2013; the small stone mentioned previously; The Holy Scriptures published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints [Mormons], 1867; and a pamphlet by Lorenzo Snow,“The Voice of Joseph:  A Brief Account of the Rise, Progress, & Persecutions of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints …,” published in 1852.

“Christian Bibles” contains in one case St. Jerome’s Opera [Works], published in Venice; a single leaf from a Book of Hours, c.1450; and The Holy Bible published in London in 1639. The second case of Bibles exhibits 1770 Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae Iuxta Formam Missalis, Et Breviarii Romani … from 1707; a volume from 1884 opened to a colored illustration of “The Furniture of the Tabernacle;” an undated advertisement for Kilner’s Catholic Book Store, Philadelphia; and a Biblia Ad Vetustissima Exemplaria … published in Venice, 1579.

In “Sacred Texts of Judaism and Islam” are a large unrolled “Torah Scroll;” The Koran, London, 1734, opened to show its title page; and The Alcoran of Mahomet translated from Arabic to French and published in London in 1649.

Foight explains “Reform and Renewal”, “Demands articulated by the German Augustinian friar and professor at the University of Wittenberg, Martin Luther … helped to institute a complex reformation and counter-reformation …” Here one sees Sacro Sancti Et Oecumenici Concilii Tridentini …” published in 1577; a large book by Martin Luther published in Wittenberg, 1561, Der Siebëd Teil Der Buecher Des Ehrmwirdigen Herr Doctoris Mart. Lutheri …” opened to its title page; Carmina Tomus II by Jean Commire, published in Paris, 1715; and Corpus Iuris Canonici Emendatum Et Notis Illustratum published in Lugduni [Lyon], 1606, with an interesting illustration on its title page.

Detail of Iuris Canonici

Detail of Iuris Canonici

A small exhibit, but the variety of objects reflects the wide-ranging interests of Dr. Heck and provides a fitting memorial to this former Villanova professor. Foight says that the Heck collection is “already enriching the education of students and helping to foster a culture of inquiry and respect for different faith traditions.”

For information about Special Collections, contact Michael Foight at 610-519-5185 or Laura Bang at 610-519-6390.



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We Have Winners!

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: January 18, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News, People


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Christian Miller, a first year student from Washington, D. C., won this man’s ugly Christmas sweater in the raffle held as part of Falvey’s Finals Stress Bustin’ Open House  on December 16, 2016.

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McKenzee Chiam, a comprehensive science major, won the woman’s sweater.


Photos by Alice Bampton and Hunter Houtzer, Communications and Marketing Dept.



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A New Face at the Circulation Desk: Michael Sgier

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: January 17, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News, People

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Michael (Mike) Sgier, a native of Denver, Col., joined Falvey’s Access Services team at the beginning of January 2017. He previously worked at the University of the Arts Libraries.

As an Access Services Specialist, he reports to Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services. He is the service desk coordinator and will assist with library processing. Cywinski says, “He has several years of experience in library services and with various types of access services processing including resource sharing, stacks maintenance and course reserves.”

Sgier has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in printmaking from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, Minn. Sgier is a printmaker and cartoonist based in West Philadelphia. He is an “avid reader and coffee drinker, bicyclist (when the weather agrees), and [is] always looking to discover a new art form, whether it’s a movie, book, or another graphic form.”

When asked why he made the transition to the east coast, Sgier said after finishing graduate school, “finding full-time work was proving difficult. A friend of mine from New Jersey suggested I look at Philadelphia, and it just so happened that a job was available at the University of the Arts Library. Plus, I was interested in east coast cities, having spent most of my time in mid-west locales.”

And, just to help you, he pronounces his surname “SKEER.”


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.


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Foto Friday: Will D Cat Visits Falvey

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: January 13, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News, People

Will D Cat in Falvey

Will D Cat is a fan of Falvey; here he is in the stacks, but we’ve spotted him in the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room, in the small second floor lounge, visiting librarians and even behind the circulation counter.

Today Will is competing in the UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, Jan. 13-15, in Orlando, Florida. Last year Will placed third in the Mascot Open Championship and he was the Fan Favorite! Go Will D Cat!


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing.

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More Photos from the Holiday Lunch

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: January 12, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News, People


Academic Integration Team Leader, Jutta Seibert, and Margaret Duffy, Director's Office

Director of Academic Integration, Jutta Seibert, and Margaret Duffy, Director’s Office


Librarians Rob LeBlanc and Laura Bang talking with Kallie Stahl and Sarah Wingo

Librarians Rob LeBlanc and Laura Bang talking with Kallie Stahl and librarian, Sarah Wingo


Joanne Quinn with librarians Linda Hauck and Sue Ottignan. (Sue is camera shy!)

Joanne Quinn, Director of Communications and Marketing, with librarians Linda Hauck and Sue Ottignan. (Sue is camera shy!)


Margaret Duffy and Jee Davis who will join Falvey this month

Margaret Duffy and Jee Davis who will join Falvey this month


A tower of cupcakes, especially the chocolate ones, made us all very happy.

A tower of cupcakes, especially the chocolate ones, made us all very happy.


Photographs by Alice Bampton






Falvey’s Holiday Lunch – More Photos

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: January 11, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News, People
Roberta (Robbie) Rosci and Laura Hutelmyer, Collections Directorate

Roberta (Robbie) Rosci and Laura Hutelmyer, Collections Directorate


Stephen Spatz, Collections Directorate; Christopher (Chris) Hallberg and Demian Katz, Library Technology Development

Stephen Spatz, Collections Directorate; Christopher (Chris) Hallberg and Demian Katz, Library Technology Development


Jacqueline (Jackie) Smith and Lorraine Holt, Director's Office

Jacqueline (Jackie) Smith and Lorraine Holt, Director’s Office


Falvey staff enjoying the party

Falvey staff enjoying the party


Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.



Course Reserves – A Falvey Service for Faculty

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: January 10, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News, People

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As one of its services, the Library processes and houses Course Reserves for faculty. “In addition to library materials, faculty may place their own books, DVDs, VHS, exams, desk copies, manuals, etc. on reserve.” (website)  Processing is done Monday through Friday, 9 am through 5 pm when staff is available.

Reserve materials are kept on the first floor behind the circulation desk and are usually available only to registered students. Each faculty member sets the loan period for the materials s/he has placed on reserve unless it is a library item that has a permanent non-circulating status.

Trisha Kemp

Trisha Kemp

Patricia (Trisha) Kemp oversees the processing of Course Reserves, aided by Cordesia (Dee-Dee) Pope. Contact Kemp at Patricia.Kemp@villanova.edu , 610-519-3899 or visit her in the Library.

For more information about Course Reserves see  https://library.villanova.edu/about/services/coursereserves/



Photos by Laura Hutelmyer and Alice Bampton.



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