Assistant Professor – Trans Cinema and Media

Date Posted: 09/13/2023
Closing Date: 11/15/2023, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 32575
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 and the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in Trans Cinema and Media Studies. This will be a joint appointment between Cinema Studies (51%) and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies (49%). The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2024, or shortly thereafter.

This search aligns with the University’s commitment to strategically and proactively promote diversity among our community members (Statement on Equity, Diversity & Excellence). Recognizing that Black, Indigenous, and other Racialized communities have experienced inequities that have developed historically and are ongoing, we strongly welcome and encourage candidates from those communities to apply.

Applicants must have a PhD degree in Cinema and Media Studies and/or Gender and Sexuality Studies, or a closely related area, in hand by the time of appointment, with a clearly demonstrated exceptional record in research and teaching, as well as a clear commitment to ongoing development in these domains. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen the existing profiles of the Cinema Studies Institute and Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. The successful applicant is expected to have extensive expertise in both Cinema and Media Studies and Trans Studies. We especially welcome candidates with primary commitments to trans of colour critique, critical race theory, anti-carceral critique, transnational, diasporic, and transcultural approaches that open-up representational practices, histories, and theoretical frameworks and unsettle rigid North-South hemispheric binaries. Areas of research may include but are not limited to trans media arts, trans political economies of cinema and media, trans embodiment and trans cultural practices around cinematic media aesthetics and technologies, critical platform studies, as well as decolonial approaches to cinema and media. Candidates will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

The successful candidate will teach a variety of courses for both Cinema Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies, including but not limited to their area of specialization and to the areas of trans, cinema, and media studies outlined above. The candidate must be eager to teach both specialized courses in Trans Cinema and Media Studies, as well as Cinema and Media Studies and Trans Studies more generally.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence, which can be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field-relevant academic journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements from referees.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations as submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference. Other teaching-related activities can include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or excellent conference presentations or posters.

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. Applicants must submit 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; and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course materials and teaching evaluation data, or evidence of superior performance in other teaching-related activities as listed above. 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 provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of references from each the day after an application is submitted. Applicants, however, remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date. More details on the automatic reference letter collection, including timelines, are available in the candidate FAQ.
Submission guidelines can be found here. 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 Denise Ing at

All application materials, including recent reference letters must be received before the closing date of November 15, 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.

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