Date Posted: 11/06/2020
Closing Date: 12/21/2020, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 424
Job Category: Faculty – Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Dept. of Italian Studies (51%) / Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies (49%)
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Department of Italian Studies and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invite applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Race & Cultural Studies / Race & Diaspora. This will be a joint appointment between the Department of Italian Studies (51%) and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies (49%). The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants must have earned a PhD in Italian Studies or a related area in the humanities or interpretive social sciences by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, and have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen both our existing departmental strengths: and The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program. We seek candidates who are clearly versed in the interdisciplinary study of racialization, transnational migration, and cultural production pertaining to Modern Italy (19th century-present) and its global entanglements, especially in relation to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Possible areas of study include: the production and circulation of textual objects, literature, media, visual arts, music, and/or social media related but not limited to historic and/or contemporary migrations into Italy; transatlantic and Pan-Euro-Mediterranean circulation of racialized peoples; gender, migration, and political economy; Italian colonialism and post-colonialism. The successful candidate will participate in student supervision and research projects, therefore advanced fluency in written and spoken Italian is required. Facility in other languages related to migration, Italian colonization, and diasporic communities in Italy is an asset. Experience teaching across interdisciplinary boundaries is strongly preferred.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of and publications in top-ranked, field relevant, and peer-reviewed journals, or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement outlining current and future research interests, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing. Candidates must also provide evidence of an active research program as well as an emerging reputation in research and publication.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments; the teaching dossier that outlines past experience and includes a teaching statement outlining teaching philosophy and plans for future teaching, sample course syllabi, and teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference.

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 a large, tri-campus institution in a vibrant, multi-ethnic region with a very diverse student population. The Department of Italian Studies is among the largest in North America, with an undergraduate program emphasizing language, literature, and cultural studies and a full graduate program leading to MA and PhD degrees. The Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies is an incubator for research across the humanities and social sciences with a vibrant undergraduate program and a growing collaborative graduate program. For more information about the Department of Italian Studies please
visit For more information about the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, please visit

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests, a recent writing sample, and a teaching dossier (including 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 arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee to the hiring unit via email at by the closing date (on letterhead, dated, and signed). PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.
Submission guidelines can be found at We recommend combining the attachments in PDF or MS Word format as follows: (1) CV, (2) Cover Letter, (3) Research Statement and Teaching dossier. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Professor Nicholas Terpstra at

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by December 21, 2020.

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.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact



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