Assistant Professor - Canadian Cinema and Media Studies

Date Posted: 11/15/2021
Closing Date: 12/20/2021, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 980
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Cinema Studies Institute
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)




The Cinema Studies Institute in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the field of Canadian Cinema and Media Studies or Practice. The position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2022, or shortly thereafter.


Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in Film Studies, Film and Media Studies, or a related area by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in both research/creative professional work and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen the existing profile of the Cinema Studies Institute. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate extensive knowledge of Canadian film and media and a record of research and/or creative professional work, as well as teaching in this subfield. Areas of specialization may encompass the theory, history, and/or practice of various forms and interpretations of Canadian cinema and media, including, but not restricted to, documentary, animation, artists’ cinema, video art, or narrative modes in Canadian, Québécois, minor, or Indigenous contexts. Approaches that situate Canadian national identity and settler-colonial projects within critical and decolonial frames are especially welcome, as are scholars focusing on Indigenous cinema and media. We also welcome applicants who critically and historically study, and possibly also contribute to, cinema and media cultures within Canada, the First Nations, and the North American Arctic. Interdisciplinary, practice-based, and/or experimental approaches, methodologies, and Indigenous ways of knowing will also be an asset. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs at the Cinema Studies Institute, in both required core courses and more specialized electives; to supervise and mentor students; and to participate in activities at the Institute.


The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research and/or creative professional work at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.


Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence, which can be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field-relevant academic journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards (or if engaged in creative professional work, the appropriate equivalents, for e.g., representation in significant international exhibitions, installations, residences, commissions, or festivals), the submitted research/creative professional work statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements by referees of high standing.


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


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


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


The University of Toronto is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities and, with its multicultural student body and cosmopolitan setting, it offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the world’s most diverse and dynamic cities.


All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; a recent writing sample of no more than 10,000 words; and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course materials and teaching evaluations. 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 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 (this happens overnight). Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date.


Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. 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 questions about this position, please contact Denise Ing at cinema.studies@utoronto.ca.


All application materials, including reference letters must be received by the closing date of December 20, 2021.


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 http://uoft.me/UP.


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 uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.


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