Chair and Professor - Computer Science

Date Posted: 01/31/2022
Closing Date: 03/07/2022, Open Until Filled
Req ID: 22331
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Dept of Computer Science
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)




Applications are invited for the position of Chair of the Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto. The successful candidate must be eligible for a tenure stream academic appointment at the rank of Professor and will also be the tri-campus Graduate Chair of the Department of Computer Science. The appointment as Chair will be for a 5-year term, and will commence on July 1, 2022, or shortly thereafter. 
The Department is home to two Turing Award winners and to members of acclaimed computing societies, including five ACM fellows and seven Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. Our faculty members are recognized internationally and renowned for their commitment to research and teaching. The Department is home to over 154 faculty members, 2200 undergraduate and over 500 graduate students. The Department is recognized globally for its strong academic programs, innovative teaching, and research that continues to challenge the boundaries of computer science innovation.
The successful candidate will have an established international scholarly reputation in the field of Computer Science. In addition, they will possess demonstrated accomplishments in an administrative role, with superior analytical, organizational, budgetary, and strategic planning experience. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, or a related field, with a demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to promoting excellence in research, teaching, public engagement and innovative partnerships. They will also bring experience relevant to expanding the Department’s research capacity, international exposure, public profile, pedagogical innovations, and fundraising capabilities. They will also have a demonstrated commitment to enhancing the graduate and undergraduate student experience and promoting mental health and wellness for students, staff and faculty. We welcome exceptional candidates who transcend traditional backgrounds or discipline boundaries, and candidates whose research and teaching interests complement our existing strengths

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, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, distinguished awards and accolades, 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 (with required materials outlined below) submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference.
At the University of Toronto, the creation of an equitable, diverse, and inclusive community is incumbent on every member of the community (see The committee will be seeking evidence of a commitment to, and demonstrated experience in, advancing the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI); anti-racism; and, decolonization and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment. Such evidence will be demonstrated through the application materials covering topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on equity-deserving communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups, and other related topics.
The University spans the cosmopolitan city of Toronto and delivers programs on three campuses in downtown Toronto (St. George), Mississauga and Scarborough, and in the acclaimed clinical and research centres of its nine fully affiliated teaching hospitals. Together, they attract over $1.3 billion in research grants and contracts each year. U of T also supports a vigorous program of commercialization and entrepreneurship through its nine incubators and accelerators, and is known as one of North America’s leading universities in the creation of start-up companies. With more than 20,000 faculty and staff, almost 90,000 students enrolled across the three campuses, and an annual operating budget of $2.7 billion, the University of Toronto is one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers.  
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and is competitive with our North American peers. 
The University of Toronto is partnering with the search firm Perrett Laver on this appointment. For further information and details on how to apply, please visit the Perret Laver website at and quoting reference 5431 ot by clicking application must include: the candidate's curriculum vitae, a cover letter that highlights their interest in the position, what they feel they bring to it, research statement, list of publications, teaching dossier to include a strong teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations and evidence of a demonstrated commitment to, and experience in, advancing the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI); anti-racism; and, decolonization.


Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee (on letterhead, dated, and signed) to Cora Hui at


Review of applications will begin on March 7, 2022, however the position is open until filled. 


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