Philosopher’s Cocoon: Seeking Philosophical Mentors

Posted on June 9, 2016 by


Helen De Cruz and Marcus Arvan are seeking mentors for their Philosopher’s Cocoon Job-Market Mentoring Project. The philosophy job market is a tough place (I’ve applied to a few jobs over the past year or so) and this project seeks to help as much as a project can help during this difficult process. Below is a description of their project which helps job candidates navigate the different challenges that applying for academic jobs brings with it.

“This project, associated with The Philosophers’ Cocoon, aims to complement The Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy by providing academic job-market mentoring to all those in need who cannot utilize the Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy. The aim of this mentoring project is just what it sounds like: a scheme to enable job candidates in philosophy who face special challenges, including those with little access to mentoring (e.g., because their department or advisor does not offer this), to receive advice and support from more experienced members of the profession”

Currently, they are seeking established philosophers in the following areas:

  • Continental philosophy
  • Ancient philosophy
  • Low socioeconomic [SES] personal background
  • Epistemology and philosophy of science
  • LGBT*Q
  • Philosophy of time [x2 candidates in need]
  • Logic and philosophy of math
  • Ethics
  • Political philosophy

Marcus writes: “Finally, as we do not currently have any women philosophers signed up as potential mentees, Helen and I would like to clarify that women candidates are encouraged to apply to our program. Although our mentoring program webpage states that the program is for, “all those in need who cannot utilize the Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy”, the webpage also states that our program is, “open to job-candidates of any gender”, and that we simply, “encourage women candidates to approach The Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy first, as our program is intended to complement rather than compete with that program.” So, if you are a woman in need of job-market mentorship, please do sign up for our program. All we ask is that you check with the Mentoring Program for Women first to see if they have any open slots. Thanks again to all of the mentors who have signed up so far. Helen and I are very grateful for your help, as I suspect are the candidates you are helping!”

If you are interested in helping out you can sign up here.