Job Field: Tenure Stream
Faculty / Division: University of Toronto Mississauga
Department: UTM: Political Science
Campus: Mississauga
Job Posting: Aug 8, 2018

Job Closing: Sep 24, 2018, 11:59pm EST
Description:  The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and the Institute of Management and Innovation (IMI) invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in urban innovation and governance. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, with a projected start date of July 1, 2019. The successful candidate will hold a 49% appointment in the Institute for Management and Innovation and in a relevant cognate discipline at UTM (51%) depending on their area of expertise. The successful candidate may also be appointed as the Director of MUI for an initial term of five years, renewable once.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in political science, human geography, planning or economics and an established and exceptional record of research excellence with an active and creative research program that focuses on urban innovation, a distinguished record of internationally recognized scholarship (which includes evidence provided in the research statement, a record of sustained and impactful publications in premier journals in their field, presentations at national and international conferences, accolades for innovative work and strong endorsements from referees of high international standing). Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, strong letters of reference and the teaching statement, including selected course materials that directly support and illustrate the teaching statement, submitted as part of the application. S/he will also demonstrate a commitment to experiential learning.

The Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI) is planning to start accepting students into its newest program, the Master of Urban Innovation (MUI) in September of 2019. MUI is a new degree professional program that focuses on urban economic development, community capacity building, innovation management, local and regional governance, urban sustainability and real estate development. This degree program aligns with the current programs offered at IMI, maintaining a focus on management, innovation and sustainability, and incorporates the research and teaching strengths from UTM Departments of Geography, Economics, Political Science and the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (ICCIT).

The successful candidate will be expected to teach at least one of the following courses: the core course that focuses on how knowledge generation, learning and proximity interact to support the process of urban innovation and the role that economic governance plays in supporting that process, or a course on the theory, practice and policy of socially sustainable cities. Experience in managing a teaching program in urban economic development and innovation, or experience running a large research or policy-related urban network is considered an asset.

The Director of MUI will be responsible for building the new program, working from the initial curriculum developed by IMI and approved by the Governing Council of the University of Toronto. The successful candidate will inspire and engage UTM faculty and staff to work collaboratively to implement the new Master’s program and achieve its successful launch. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues from a wide breath of academic disciplines and the ability to inspire both a wide range of academic colleagues, administrative staff, and the initial cohort of students enrolled in the program. Strong leadership and people skills, demonstrated administrative ability, an effective management style, the capacity to integrate diverse interests, and forge a common vision for the MUI program are also required. Additionally, the successful candidate will ensure strong, two-way communications on an ongoing basis to sustain the enthusiasm, engagement and support of all stakeholders across the UTM community.

Salary and academic rank will be commensurate with experience.

All qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking on the link below. Applications must be submitted by September 24, 2018 and include a letter of application, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a research statement with representative publications and a teaching statement including course evaluations and selected course materials supporting teaching quality and experience. The letter of application should also highlight any experience as an academic director or manager. If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Soo Min Toh, Director of the Institute for Management Innovation at The UofT application system can accommodate up to fifteen attachments per candidate profile (8MB size limit per attachment); please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at: Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters (on letterhead, dated, signed and scanned) directly to Sue Thomson at by the application date, Monday September 24, 2018. Referees should include the candidate’s name and “MUI Director Search” in the subject line.

Equity and diversity are among UTM’s core values and 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.

Housed in a newly expanded building and combining traditional teaching methods with a strong emphasis on experiential education, IMI represents a new approach to management education. IMI takes advantage of the full facilities of UTM as well as participating faculty from other divisions of the University of Toronto to offer multidisciplinary programs that combine the teaching of management with that of specific discipline, technologies, industry sectors or professions. Its graduate programs currently address management and biotechnology, professional accounting, innovation, and sustainability.

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada’s largest and most research-intensive university and the only Canadian university to be named in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Located in and around Toronto, one of the most diverse regions, the University of Toronto’s vibrant academic life is defined by the cultural diversity in its community. The University of Toronto Mississauga has a strong interdisciplinary commitment to teaching and research, a multicultural student body of more than 15,000 students, and a modern, spacious campus. For more information about the Institute for Management and Innovation, and University of Toronto Mississauga, please visit and

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized 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.