Assistant Professor - Political Theory

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Assistant Professor - Political Theory

Date Posted: 08/11/2020
Closing Date: 10/14/2020, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 289
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: University of Toronto Mississauga
Department: UTM: Political Science
Campus:University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)


The Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto Mississauga invites applications for one full-time tenure stream appointment in the field of Political Theory. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin on July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. degree in Political Science or a closely related field by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter, and have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and deepen our existing departmental strengths. This search is open to scholars working in any intellectual tradition in political theory. We especially welcome candidates whose research includes Black political thought, critical race theory, decolonial theory, disability studies, feminist political thought, Indigenous political thought, queer theory, or trans theory. The successful candidate will be able to teach introductory and intermediate survey courses in political theory at the undergraduate level, as well as advanced courses in their area of research at the graduate level.

Candidates must provide strong evidence of research excellence of an internationally competitive caliber, as evidenced by a record of publications in leading outlets in the field or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, presentations at significant conferences, accolades or awards, the submitted research statement, and strong endorsements by referees of high standing. The successful candidate will be expected to mount an innovative, competitive, independent, and externally funded research program and to pursue outstanding research at the highest international level.

Evidence of excellence in teaching is required and is demonstrated by a teaching dossier that includes a teaching statement, teaching accomplishments, sample syllabi, and teaching evaluations, as well as strong endorsements from referees.

The successful applicant will teach undergraduate courses in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto Mississauga and will also become a full member of the Graduate Department of Political Science of the University of Toronto, undertaking graduate teaching and supervision at the St. George campus. For further information on the UTM Department and on the tri-campus Graduate Department, see and

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To be considered for this position, all qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link (or button) below. All application materials must be submitted online and must include the following:

  1. a cover letter (1 page) and curriculum vitae together as a single PDF,
  2. a writing sample (e.g., an article offprint),
  3. a teaching dossier including a teaching statement, sample syllabi, and student evaluations as well as any other relevant assessments,
  4. a research statement outlining current and future research interests (2 pages max),
  5. a diversity statement.

Equity and diversity are among UTM’s core values and 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. Applicants, however, remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters by the closing date.

Submission guidelines can be found at We recommend combining attaching documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have questions about this position, please contact the Search Committee Chair at [email protected]

All application materials, including reference letters must be received by October 14, 2020.

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, 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

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 [email protected].

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Posted: 8/19/2020
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