Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - Law and Society

Date Posted: 09/07/2022
Closing Date: 10/12/2022, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 26545
Job Category: Faculty - Teaching Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: University of Toronto Scarborough
Department: UTSC - Department of Sociology
Campus:University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)




The Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a full-time teaching stream position in the area of Law and Society. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream with an expected start date of July 1, 2023, or shortly thereafter.


The University of Toronto Scarborough is implementing a new Strategic Plan: Inspiring Inclusive Excellence.  Consistent with the values and objectives in that plan, we especially welcome candidates who self-identify as Indigenous or those who have lived experience in Black or other racialized (persons of colour) communities.  This position is part of a cohort of similar faculty searches in Arts, Culture & Media, Biological Sciences, Health & Society, Historical & Cultural Studies, Political Science, and Management. New colleagues will have the opportunity to be connected with previous cohorts of faculty from under-represented groups, including those hired through targeted efforts in the last three years in departments spanning the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities.


Applicants must have earned a PhD in sociology or a closely related area by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching. The successful candidate must work in the area of law and society, with a focus on racial inequality in at least one of the following areas: cities, suburbs or the environment. Candidates must show an interest in innovative community-based teaching practice and /or pedagogy.


We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths. Candidates must have teaching expertise in a degree granting program at the undergraduate level including lecture preparation and delivery, curriculum development, and development of online material/lectures. Additionally, candidates must possess a demonstrate 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.

Candidates must also provide evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment, as demonstrated through the application materials.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The appointment is at the University of Toronto Scarborough, which is a research-intensive campus with an interdisciplinary commitment, a multicultural student body, and a modern campus. Set in the beautiful Highland Creek Valley of one of the most vibrant and multicultural cities in the world, U of T Scarborough is home to over 1,000 faculty and staff and more than 14,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs across 16 academic departments, representing the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The successful candidate will teach in the undergraduate program in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. They will also be a member of the tri-campus Graduate Department of Sociology.  The successful candidate will join a vibrant intellectual community of world-class scholars at Canada’s leading university.


All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; and a complete teaching dossier to include a strong teaching statement, sample syllabi and course materials, and teaching evaluations. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose teaching, scholarship, service or professional practice bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1‐ to 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 (this happens overnight). Applicants, however, remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date. At least one reference must primarily address the candidate’s teaching.


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 Professor Joe Hermer at .


All application materials, including reference letters must be received by October 12th 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.

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


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