Composite statistics for the past ten academic years (2005-06 through 2014-15)
Note: this table only counts those who entered the academic job market. See the discussion of this below.
Over the past ten years, 63% (20 out of 32) of our graduates have landed in a tenure-track academic teaching position or postdoctoral fellowship. It sometimes takes a few years for a graduate to secure desirable employment that is not temporary. Looking at the back end of the past ten years, 53% (8 out of 15, incl. one person who left a tenure-track position for a more desirable public interest leadership role) of our graduates ended up with tenure-track teaching positions, and 50% of those in years 7 through 10 (i.e., out long enough to have applied for tenure) are now tenured.
|Result||Past 10 Years||Past 5 Years||Previous 5 Years|
|Entered the Job Market in Philospphy||32||18||14|
|Tenured Associate or Full Professors||6 (43%)||N/A||6 (43%)|
|Tenure-Track Assistant Professors||9 (28%)||5 (44%)||1 (7%)|
|Postdoctoral Fellowships||5 (16%)||51 (28%)||03|
|Non-Tenure Track Teaching Positions||5 (16%)||2 (11%)||3 (21%)|
|Academic Research Positions (non-tenure-track)||0||0||0|
|Non-Academic Employment for Which Their Phd Is Relevant||4||32||14|
|Academic Administrative Position||2||2||0|
|Unplaced||2 (6%)||2 (11%)||0|
1Kelly Heuer held a postdoc, but then took a highly desirable academic administrative position as Head of Communications & Project Development, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown.
2Dan Quattrone and Diana Puglisi accepted research positions as ontologists at Cycorp, a private artificial intelligence research business. Col. Charles A. Pfaff is a member of the Policy Planning Staff of the Dept. of State.
3All have since moved on.
4Elisa Hurley left a tenure-track assistant professorship at the Univ. of Western Ontario to assume the directorship of PRIM&R.
Since our PhD program has over the years produced a number of PhD's who did not enter the academic job market in philosophy, we do not count those people in our placement statistics. You'll see below from the detailed list (which includes everyone who earned a PhD in our program) that a significant number of our graduates were part of MD-PhD or JD-PhD tracks. (Some took both degrees at GU, others earned the MD or JD elsewhere.) Others did not enter the academic job market in philosophy for personal reasons. Some were coordinating with a spouse. Some pursued the PhD as a form of intellectual development without the aim of teaching in a college or university. Others decided along the way that other priorities mattered more to them than making a career of philosophy. Those who did not enter the academic job market in philosophy – whether for professional reasons or personal – are marked with an asterisk below.
Beginning with the 2014–15 job hunting season, we will list all job events from the year, incl. PhD's from earlier years who changed jobs or found first-time employment during this year.
* = did not enter the academic job market in philosophy
Chong Un Choe-Smith
Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
California State U, Sacramento
Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
University of South Alabama
Post-doctoral Lab Director
Connected Academics / Reinvent the PhD/H
and Adjunct Lecturer in Philosophy
Program Officer in Comparative Clinical Effectiveness Research (CER) Methods and Infrastructure Program
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Washington Hospital Center
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Hope, Optimism, and God project
University of Notre Dame
Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
University of Portland
Program Manager for Faculty Initiatives
Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, Georgetown University
Assistant Professor of Philosophy (tenure track)
California State University, Bakersfield
Assistant Director of Education Initiatives & Research Scholar
Berman Institute of Bioethics
Johns Hopkins University
Pre/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
"Reinventing How Business Schools Teach Morality of Capitalism, Business Ethics and Entrepreneurship," Strata.org
Detailed Record, ordered by the year the PhD was granted:
Ann Lloyd Breeden*
Secretary to the Board of Trustees, University of Richmond
Visting Assistant Professor (3-year term), Beloit College
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Postdoctoral Fellow, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University
Ontologist, Cycorp, Austin TX.
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), United States Naval Academy
Previously: Dahrendorf Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics
Head of Communications & Project Development, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown
previously, Postdoctoral Fellow, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown
Postdoctoral Fellow in Pedagogy and Teaching Design, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, Georgetown
director of the Global Food Project and Post-Doctoral Fellow, the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Ethics
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Northern Arizona University
Professorial Lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy, the George Washington University
Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Thinking Matters Interdisciplinary Program, Stanford University
Col. Tony Pfaff*
member of the Policy Planning Staff, US Department of State
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities, American University of Beirut
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Dickinson Coll.
previously, Visiting Assistant Professor (renewable), Siena Heights Univ.
Ontologist, Cycorp, Inc.
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Teaching Fellow, St. Norbert Coll.
Previously: Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Fordham University
Instructor, Strayer University
Lauren Fleming (1980-2011)
former Visiting Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech.
Previously: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Puget Sound
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Chestnut Hill College
Previously: Fordham University (one-year position)
Entered Yale Law School to pursue a career with a JD-PhD
Research Assistant, Global Health Ethics Curriculum Development, Univ. of California, San Francisco
Kari L. Esbensen, MD*
Practicing Internist, northern Virginia
Ashley K. Fernandes, MD*
Associate Director, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
previously, Associate Professor of Community Health and Pediatrics, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University
Associate Professor (with tenure) as of Fall 2014, Spring Hill College
Humanities Editor, John Hopkins University Press.
Previously: Rowman & Littlefield Press.
Associate Professor (with tenure), Dickinson College
Associate Professor (with tenure), Seattle University
Associate Professor (with tenure), Simon Fraser University
Sr. Patricia Flynn
Associate Professor (with tenure), St. Joseph's College of Maine
Education Director, Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, PRIM&R
previously, Assistant Professor (tenure-track), University of Western Ontario
Associate Professor (with tenure), University of California, Riverside
Adjunct Lecturer in Health Care Ethics, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University
Jennifer Walter, MD, MS*
Dept. of Medical Ethics and Health Policy and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Attending Pediatric Physician in the Division of General Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), University of Maryland, College Park, School of Public Policy
Levine earned an MA in the Master's of Public Policy program at the University of Maryland.
Misha Strauss Moore*
Director, Ambulatory Network Operations at St Mary Mercy Hospital, Detroit; Administrator, Moore Pediatrics & Associates
Senior Writer/Editor at JBS International, Inc.
previously, Visiting Assistant Professor, Washingont & Lee University Academic Program Officer for Instruction & New Media, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown (2010–2012);
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (2006–10; left for personal reasons); Lecturer (renewable), Southern Methodist University
Associate Professor (with tenure), Clayton College & State University
Associate Professor (with tenure), University of South Carolina
Associate Professor (with tenure), Washington and Lee University
Associate Professor (with tenure), Mount Saint Mary's College, Emmitsburg, Maryland
earned a JD at Columbia Law School
Attorney in private practice
Vice Provost for Higher Education Policy and Research and Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Visiting Professor, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Policy, the University of Texas at Austin
Previously: director of research for the Texas House of Representatives and senior education policy analyst for the speaker of the Texas House
Eran Klein, MD*
Assistant Professor of Neurology at Oregon Health and Sciences University and a staff physician at the Portland VA Medical Center
Thaddeus Pope, JD
Director, Health Law Institute and Associate Professor of Law, Hamline University
Previously: University of Memphis Law School (tenure-track)
Stephen Hanson, MD
Associate Professor (with tenure) of Philosophy and Adjunct Associate Professor of Family and Geriatric Medicine, the University of Louisville.
Jeffrey Jennings, MD*
Yale-New Haven Hospital
Associate Professor (with tenure), University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Directory of Faculty Affairs and Assistant Provost, Georgetown
Director of Clinical Ethics, Maine Medical Center
Previously: University of Nevada at Las Vegas
Associate Professor (with tenure) and Member of the Core Faculty, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar
Previously: The American University of Beirut (renewable)
Associate Professor (with tenure), Bates College
Previously: UC Davis (one-year renewable)
Michael P. Wolf
Associate Professor (with tenure), Washington and Jefferson College
Andrew J. Cohen
Associate Professor, Georgia State University
Dream Garden Coaching
Director, Special Ethics Initiatives and Co-Director, Research Ethics Consultation Service, the Ethics Programs of the University of Miami
Previously: Adelaide R. Snyder Professor of Ethics and Associate Professor (with tenure) of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University
Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Services, Rutgers University, Newark
Faculty, Huntsville Bible College
Professor, University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Director of the Creighton University Health Administration and Policy Program and Resident Associate Professor of Philosophy, Creighton University
Senior Fellow in the Health Care Research department, NORC at the University of Chicago, and Associate Research Professor, Department of Health Policy, the George Washington University
Lecturer, Williams College
Previously: Lecturer, Miami University