Assistant Professor – Film and Media History of the Global South

Date Posted: 11/03/2020
Closing Date: 12/08/2020, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 962
Job Category: Faculty – Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Cinema Studies Institute
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)



The Cinema Studies Institute in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto, St. George invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the field of Film and Media History of the Global South. The position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.


Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in Film Studies, Film and Media Studies, or another discipline related to the position as described by the date of appointment or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in both teaching and research. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our Institute’s existing strengths.


We are seeking applicants with demonstrated extensive knowledge of film and media history and historiography with a specialization in moving image media and culture of the Global South. Demonstrated knowledge of critical methodologies informed by Indigenous, post-colonial, critical race, feminist, or queer thought is particularly welcome. Demonstrated knowledge from a range of approaches that may include the aesthetic, cultural, industrial, economic, political, and/or technological aspects of that history would be considered an asset, as would complementary demonstrated expertise in sound studies or environmental media.


The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs at the Cinema Studies Institute, in both required core courses and more specialized electives; to supervise and mentor students; to participate in activities at the Institute; and to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level while establishing an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program that will expand our current research strengths.  For more information on the Cinema Studies Institute, visit


Excellence in research will be demonstrated through the quality of the writing sample submitted as part of the application, a record of publications in top-ranked and field-relevant academic journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, a record of presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, evidence of an innovative research program, and strong endorsements by referees of high standing.


Excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through a record of teaching accomplishments, letters of reference, and a teaching dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, and teaching evaluations, submitted as part of the application.


Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The University of Toronto is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities and, with its multicultural student body and cosmopolitan setting, it offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the world’s most diverse and dynamic cities.


All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Application materials must include a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a research statement outlining current and future research interests, a recent writing sample of no more than 10,000 words, a teaching dossier (consisting of a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, and teaching evaluations). Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1‐2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.


Applicants must also arrange to have at least three external referees send letters of recommendation (signed, dated, and on institutional letterhead) directly to the Institute via email to Denise Ing, Assistant to the Director, at by the closing date. PLEASE NOTE: this search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.


Submission guidelines can be found at: If you have questions about this position, please contact Denise Ing at


All application materials and reference letters must be received by December 8, 2020, 11:59PM EST.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see


Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.


The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

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