Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream – Black Canadian Studies

Date Posted: 09/11/2023
Closing Date: 10/30/2023, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 32583
Job Category: Faculty – Teaching Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: University College & Transitional Year Programme
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)

University College at the Faculty of Arts & Science and the Transitional Year Programme (TYP) at the University of Toronto invite applications for a full-time, teaching stream appointment in the field of Black Canadian Studies. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, with an expected start date of July 1, 2024. It will be a joint appointment between University College in the Faculty of Arts & Science (51%) and the Transitional Year Programme (49%).

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in a field related to Canadian Studies or a cognate area in either the Humanities or Social Sciences, by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter, with a clearly demonstrated record of excellence in teaching. We seek a candidate who has an established record as an outstanding instructor and is enthusiastic about the opportunity to enjoy a long-term career in teaching at the University of Toronto. We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and enhance our existing departmental strengths. We seek candidates with a demonstrated ability to teach on topics relating to Black Canadian Studies, but also more broadly with respect to race and ethnicity in Canada, and how these intersect with other forms of identity, such as gender, sexuality, disability, and/or class as well as colonialism and imperialism, see

Candidates must have teaching experience in a degree-granting program, and/or postsecondary access program, including lecture preparation and delivery, curriculum development, and the development of online course materials and lectures. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to participate in program discussions regarding the curriculum in both TYP and Canadian Studies, as well as engage in undergraduate mentorship with an aim to foster a vibrant intellectual community for undergraduates in both programs. Evidence of excellence and innovation in teaching and a commitment to excellent pedagogical inquiry can be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, awards and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application (with required materials outlined below) as well as strong letters of references from referees of high standing.

The candidate should also have experience teaching writing, research methods and/or analytic skills to traditional and non-traditional undergraduate university students who may have faced barriers to access university education due to race, indigeneity, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability and/or migrant/refugee identifications and histories. For these reasons, we request evidence of engagement in the scholarship of teaching, learning, and pedagogy related to development of writing and other skills across the curriculum. Candidates are expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment that is demonstrated through the application materials.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto (St. George Campus) has both a collegiate and departmental structure. University College is the founding college of the University and has a long-standing commitment to supporting its diverse body of around 5500 undergraduate students so that they can excel intellectually, while also engaging in the wider world. Canadian Studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program, which includes a minor in Asian Canadian Studies as well as hosting a Certificate in Black Canadian Studies. In addition to Canadian Studies, University College sponsors two other innovative undergraduate programs – Cognitive Science and Health Studies – and is affiliated with the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. For more information about the Canadian Studies Program, see

The Transitional Year Programme is a full-time, eight-month access-to-University program intended for adults who do not have the formal qualifications for university admission. It is meant for those who did not have an opportunity to finish high school because of financial problems, family difficulties or other circumstances beyond their control. The Program actively encourages applications from members of the Indigenous, Black and LGBTQ communities, sole-support parents, persons with disabilities, neurodiversity, and individuals from working-class backgrounds of all ethnicities. Admitting about 50 students each year, TYP provides each student with academic advising, access to social work and counselling support, need-based bursaries, and space to work, socialize, and be with other students in their program. For more information about the Transitional Year Program, see

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications must submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; writing sample; and a complete teaching dossier to include a strong teaching statement, sample syllabi and course materials and, teaching evaluations. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. 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 provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each once an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants, however, remain responsible for ensuring that referees submit letters (on letterhead, dated, and signed) by the closing date. At least one reference letter must primarily address the candidate’s teaching.

Submission guidelines can be found at Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact the Program Director, Professor Robert Diaz (

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by 11:59 PM EST, Monday, October 30th 2023.

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

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

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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