Assistant Professor - Urban Public Policy and Governance

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Job FieldThe Department of Human Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a full-time tenure stream appointment in Urban Public Policy and Governance in the City Studies Program. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence July 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Geography, Planning, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration, Sociology, Social Psychology, or a cognate discipline at the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. Applicants must have a research focus in one or more of the following areas: urban public policy, local government institutions and policy-making, municipal finance, city and regional planning and governance, and comparative urban politics. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching, and be able to communicate effectively as an undergraduate and graduate teacher.
The successful candidate will be expected to conduct innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, externally funded research program to complement and augment the existing scholarly profile of City Studies at UTSC. The successful candidate must have a record of scholarly accomplishment and provide evidence of excellence in research, as demonstrated by publications in leading academic journals and/or with leading academic presses, or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements by referees of high international standing. They also must demonstrate excellence in teaching and emerging excellence as a graduate supervisor through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier including a teaching statement, teaching materials including sample course syllabi, and the teaching evaluations submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference. The successful candidate must be able to contribute to teaching urban public policy and governance in the Canadian context. Demonstrated commitment to experiential learning is an asset.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach large introductory and senior undergraduate courses in the City Governance Concentration of the interdisciplinary City Studies programs in the Department of Human Geography. City Studies is engaged with understanding pressing urban social and political issues facing us in the 21st Century. The successful candidate is 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.

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The appointment is in the Department of Human Geography at UTSC. The successful candidate also will become a member of the Tri-campus graduate department best suited to their area of scholarly focus, and will teach and supervise graduate students in that department.

The University of Toronto Scarborough is a research-intensive institution with an interdisciplinary commitment, a multicultural student body, and a modern campus. The University offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. The University also offers opportunities to work in a range of collaborative programs and centers of research.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications must include a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a research statement outlining current and future research interests, up to three representative publications; a teaching dossier (including a teaching statement, sample course syllabi and other course materials, and teaching evaluations). Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee via email (on letterhead and signed) to [email protected] by the closing date.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by the closing date of December 16, 2019.

Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have questions about this position, please contact Sue-Ann Hicks at [email protected].

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, LGBTQ 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

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Job Field: Tenure Stream
Department: UTSC: Human Geography
Campus: Scarborough
Job Posting: Oct 18, 2019
Job Closing: Dec 16, 2019




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Posted: 10/19/2019
Application Due: 12/27/2019
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