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Job: Chinese Canadian Studies – Assistant Professor, University of Toronto (Deadline: 11 January 2022)

University College in the Faculty of Arts and Science 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 Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2022, or shortly thereafter. The successful candidate is eligible for their pre-tenure term to be named to the Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies, which will be renewable for a five-year term following a favourable tenure review.

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in a field related to Canadian Studies or a cognate area, by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter, with a clearly demonstrated record of excellent research and teaching on topics relating to Chinese Canadian Studies. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in and commitment to research and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are particularly interested in scholars whose work in Chinese Canadian Studies has a strong transnational component and exists in dialogue with related fields such as Chinese Diaspora Studies, Chinese North American Studies, Asian Canadian Studies, and/or Asian North American Studies, Indigenous Studies, and/or the study of other racialized groups. Researching these connections should involve paying attention to how immigration studies and/or politics intersect with past and present forms of racism, colonialism, imperialism, and transnationalism. We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in immigration, ethnicity, pluralism, transnational mobilities, and/or globalization. 

We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and extend our existing program strengths. A minor in Asian Canadian Studies was launched in 2011 and the successful candidate will be expected to play a significant role in its development, which will include bolstering existing courses on Chinese Canadian Studies, Asian Canadian Cultures, and Asian Canadian Space and Place, as well as creating new courses that reflect the candidate’s research and teaching interests. Program students are also encouraged to take courses in Indigenous Studies through the Centre for Indigenous Studies. In Fall 2021, the Canadian Studies program launched a new Certificate in Black Canadian Studies, drawing on existing undergraduate courses across units. The interdisciplinary flexibility of our programs further supports a diverse undergraduate community who select from across these courses, as well as many other program courses on topics such as globalization, nationalisms, pluralism, borders, digital humanities, cultural and social imaginaries. These courses exemplify the program’s commitment to working towards de-colonization as well as addressing other forms of systemic racism. 

Candidates will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program. In addition, while their pre-tenure focus must be on research and teaching, the successful candidate who is appointed as the Richard Charles Lee Chair will be expected to begin to build strong connections with Chinese and Asian communities in Toronto, for example, through public-facing outreach, community-engaged research, and other knowledge-sharing activities. The position is open to scholars in a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The successful candidate will be offered a graduate appointment in one of the graduate units of Anthropology, Art History, Cinema Studies, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, English, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, or Women & Gender Studies. The successful candidate will participate in teaching and supervision in the graduate unit.

In their curriculum vitae and their research statement, candidates must provide evidence of research excellence, which can be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or peer-reviewed books or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, research creation through various media, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and grants, 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. 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.

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 5000 undergraduate students so that they can excel intellectually, while also engaging 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 Centre for Drama, Performance and Theatre Studies and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations), a statement outlining current and future research interests, and a statement of contributions to equity and diversity (see above). 

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.

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 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 Tues. Jan. 11, 2022.

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, LGBTQ2S+ 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.

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