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Job: Chinese Canadian Studies – Associate Professor/Professor, University of Toronto (Deadline: Dec. 2, 2020)

University College at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Chinese Canadian Studies. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter. The successful candidate may be named to the Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies for a five-year term, which will be renewable following a favourable review.

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in a field related to Canadian Studies or a cognate area, with a clearly demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching in Chinese Canadian Studies. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and extend our existing departmental strengths. Candidates will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

In their curriculum vitae and their research statement, candidates must provide evidence of research excellence, which can be demonstrated by a record of sustained high-impact contributions and publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or peer-reviewed books, presentations at significant conferences, distinguished awards and accolades, grants, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including a strong teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations, as well as strong letters of reference.

Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Richard Charles Lee Chair is open to scholars in Chinese Canadian Studies in a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in and commitment to research and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Richard Charles Lee Chair will be expected to teach a range of courses in University College’s Canadian Studies Program and to take a lead role in the Asian Canadian Studies Minor. In addition, the successful candidate’s teaching and research will be expected to draw upon and expand the already strong existing partnerships with Chinese and Asian communities in Toronto. The Richard Charles Lee Chair will be expected to perform public-facing outreach work and community-engaged research mobilization.

The successful candidate will be offered a graduate appointment in one of the departments of Anthropology, Art, English, Geography, Political Science, Religion, or Sociology, or the Cinema Studies or Women and Gender Studies institutes. The successful candidate will participate in teaching and supervision in the graduate unit.

The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto has both a collegiate and departmental structure. University College is the founding college of the University and has a long-standing commitment to challenging its diverse body of around 5000 undergraduate students to excel intellectually and to preparing them to engage in the wider world. In addition to the Canadian Studies Program, University College sponsors two other interdisciplinary undergraduate programs – Cognitive Science and Health Studies – and is affiliated with the Drama Centre and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on this link. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations), and a statement outlining current and future research interests. 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, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials. 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. Applicants, however, remain responsible for ensuring that referees submit letters (on letterhead, dated, and signed) by the closing date.

Submission guidelines can be found at We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact the Director of the Canadian Studies Program, Dr. Siobhan O’Flynn at For questions about the submission of your application please contact Melissa Szopa at

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by Wednesday, December 2, 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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