Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream- Contractually Limited Term Appointment - Library & Information

Date Posted: 05/23/2023
Closing Date: 06/28/2023, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 31397
Job Category: Faculty - Teaching Stream, Contractually Limited Term Appointment
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Information
Department: Faculty of Information
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)




The Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto invites applications for one (1) one-year Contractually Limited Term Appointment (CLTA) at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the area of Library and Information Science (LIS). This appointment is anticipated to begin September 1, 2023.


The Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto is a research-led Faculty, committed to educating the next generation of professionals and academic leaders who transform society through collaboration, innovation, and knowledge creation in Information. We are guided by core values that include engagement with cultural, social, political, and ethical issues in Information that benefit society. With an outstanding complement of award-winning faculty, our key strengths are the quality of interdisciplinary scholarship, the curiosity and ambition of our students, our close ties across the university, and a deeply committed alumni network. Our strategic priorities are excellence through interdisciplinarity, impact through partnerships, and equity through fostering inclusive environments.


The successful candidate will join a Faculty with an established community of teaching-stream colleagues, where teaching and learning are understood as central to the scholarly enterprise, and where there are extensive teaching supports in place. The successful candidate’s teaching philosophy should align with evolving professional values and practices, such as information justice and equity, social responsibility, critical LIS, and community engagement, thus complementing the Faculty’s strengths.


Applicants must have an ALA-accredited Master’s degree by the time of application, and a terminal degree in a related area. A PhD in Library and Information Science (LIS) or a related field in strongly preferred. Candidates must also have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, as well as teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels, a comprehensive foundation in the field of LIS, and the ability to teach across that curriculum. We are particularly interested in someone who can teach in two or more of the following areas: knowledge and information in society; knowledge organization; knowledge and information practices; identity, privacy, and surveillance. We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and enhance our existing departmental strengths. Additionally, candidates must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellent pedagogical inquiry and a demonstrated interest in teaching-related scholarly activities.


Evidence of excellence in teaching and a commitment to excellent pedagogical inquiry can be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, awards and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application (with required materials outlined below) as well as strong letters of reference from referees of high standing.


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 must therefore submit a brief (up to two 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 equity-seeking communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from equity-seeking groups.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications must include:

  • a cover letter;
  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • a detailed teaching dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy, a summary of teaching experience, interests, and accomplishments, sample syllabi, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations;
  • a statement of contributions to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (as outlined above); and,
  • three letters of reference, to be submitted by the referees (see below).


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 remain responsible for ensuring that references are submitted (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date. At least one reference letter must primarily address the candidate’s teaching. More details on the automatic reference letter collection, including timelines, are available in the FAQ’s. 


All application materials must be submitted online via the link below. Submission guidelines can be found at: If you have questions about this position, please contact


The closing date for applications is June 28, 2023 and all application materials, including reference letters, must be received by then.


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.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact


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