Professor - Film and Media Theory and History of the Global South

Date Posted: 11/15/2021
Closing Date: 01/10/2022, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 16355
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 senior position in the area of Film and Media Theory and History of the Global South. The appointment will be at the rank of Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2022, or shortly thereafter.


Applicants must have earned a PhD in Cinema Studies, or a closely related area, with a clearly demonstrated exceptional record in research and teaching, as well as a clear commitment to ongoing development in both domains. The successful applicant will be an internationally established scholar specializing in the theory and history of moving image media and culture in a Global South context. Expertise in theories of cinematic archives, time and temporality, and media industries are required. Methodologies informed by post-colonial, critical race, Indigenous, feminist, and/or queer thought are particularly welcome. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen the existing profile of the Cinema Studies Institute. Candidates will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.


Candidates must provide strong evidence of excellence in research which can be demonstrated by a record of sustained high-impact contributions and publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals and presses, 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—such as a position on the editorial board of a leading journal or significant editing experience—as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing and international eminence.


Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated 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.


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 faculty; and to participate in affairs at the Institute.


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; one recent publication 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 names 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. Applicants, however, 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. We recommend combining the attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have questions about this position, please contact Professor James Leo Cahill at cinema.director@utoronto.ca.


All application materials, including reference letters, must be received before the closing date of January 10, 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 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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