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Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream – Contractually Limited Term Appointment (CLTA) – Urban Studies Program-1701243

Job Field: Limited Term (Teaching Stream)

Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts and Science

Department: St. George (downtown Toronto)

Job Posting: Aug 25, 2017

Job Closing: Nov 1 2017, 11:59pm, EST


The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts & Science and Innis College invite applications for a two-year, contractually-limited appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream. The successful candidate will be part of the Urban Studies Program, and the position will begin July 1, 2018 and end June 30, 2020.

We are seeking applicants with extensive knowledge of contemporary urban theory and action. We are looking for an individual who is a creative and thoughtful teacher and familiar with active-learning pedagogies. The successful candidate will also have experience in community-engaged learning methods and research, and will support and mentor undergraduate Urban Studies students. Expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods, and knowledge of challenges facing cities at a global scale such as sustainability, governance, or housing would be an asset.

Ideally, the candidate will be equipped to teach any number of courses currently offered by the program, a listing of which appears on the program website, The candidate should have experience teaching a range of courses, from lecture-based survey courses to seminars, and, preferably, possess experience supervising teaching assistants. The candidate will be expected to teach courses within the core curriculum of the program, which emphasize building student knowledge and learning in the areas of contemporary urban challenges, the varied impacts of global urbanization trends, and the theoretical foundations of urban studies.

The successful candidate will be expected to take on an active role within the Urban Studies Program and in Innis College. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Urban Studies (or a related social science field, such as Economics, Sociology, or Political Science) by time of appointment or shortly thereafter. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching and evidence of commitment to excellent pedagogical practices and teaching innovation, and have at least two years of experience teaching at the post-secondary level. Evidence of excellence in teaching and pedagogy will be demonstrated by: strong endorsements from referees, reflecting on both excellent teaching and commitment to pedagogical enquiry; teaching accomplishments highlighted as part of the application; a teaching dossier; a statement of teaching philosophy; and teaching evaluations. (These are required as part of the application package itemized below.) Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

We ask that applicants apply online by clicking the apply online link below: Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining documentation into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Applications should include:

  1. a cover letter of no more than two single-spaced pages, and containing a concise articulation of the candidate’s teaching philosophy;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. a teaching dossier containing a list of courses taught, course syllabi, and teaching  evaluations;
  4. an example of published scholarship not exceeding twenty pages.

Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation focusing on their career potential, teaching experience, and research abilities sent directly by the referee (on letterhead, signed and scanned) to, and addressed to: Charlie Keil, Principal, Innis College, and Chair of Search Committee. All inquiries should be directed to Maitri Vosko, Assistant to the Principal (

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2017.

For more information about the Urban Studies program, please consult

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

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