Assistant Professor - Criminology, Law & Society

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Assistant Professor - Criminology, Law & Society

Date Posted: 08/24/2020
Closing Date: 10/22/2020, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 407
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: University of Toronto Mississauga
Department: UTM: Sociology
Campus:University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)


The Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga invites applications for one (1) full-time tenure stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the areas of Criminology, Law & Society, with a focus on Canadian Black Studies. The appointment will begin July 1, 2021 or shortly thereafter.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Sociology, Criminology, Law & Society, or a closely related field by the date of the appointment or shortly thereafter with a record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths. The candidate must have a focus or expertise in Canadian Black Studies as evidenced in their research and teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct innovative, independent, impactful research and to establish an outstanding research program with a primary focus on criminology and/or law & society. The successful candidate will contribute to developing and implementing innovative teaching programs for our highly diverse student body. The candidate is expected to have the opportunity to seed and grow a hub at the University of Toronto Mississauga focused on Canadian Black Studies.

Successful candidates will actively take part in contributing to one of the strongest and most exciting criminology, law & society programs as part of the sociology department. To date, our Criminology, Law & Society program encompasses a broad variety of research and teaching topics, ranging from criminal justice institutions to Indigenous repatriation of settler property to lawyering to the social impacts of unjust laws and legal systems.

Candidates must have a record of excellence in research as demonstrated by the submitted research statement and publications in field-relevant academic journals and/or contributions to books published by academic presses. Candidates must also have a record of presentations at relevant conferences and strong letters of reference. Other evidence of research excellence such as awards and accolades will also be considered.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, letters of reference, and the teaching dossier, including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course materials, and evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities submitted as part of the application. Teaching-related activities can include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or excellent conference presentations or posters. The successful candidate must also demonstrate that they have a proven record of activities that contribute to equity and diversity with respect to Indigeneity, race, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability, and/or ethnicity, among others, and should address these contributions in their letter of application.

The successful candidate will teach in the undergraduate program at the University of Toronto Mississauga, contributing primarily to our Criminology, Law & Society program. They will also be a member of the Graduate Department of Sociology, University of Toronto and will teach and supervise students in the tri-campus graduate program housed at the St. George campus. Additional information on the Department can be obtained at (for undergraduate studies), and (for graduate studies).

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant intellectual community of world-class scholars at Canada’s leading university. The University of Toronto offers a wide range of opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching, the excitement of working with a highly diverse student population and actively encourages innovative scholarship, including, for example, community-based research and activities that contribute to wider knowledge transfer. The Greater Toronto Area offers amazing cultural and demographic diversity and one of the highest standards of living in the world.

To be considered for this position, all application materials must be submitted by clicking the link below. Applicants must include 1) a letter of application describing their research agenda and contributions to equity and diversity, including experiences confronting racism in their own lives and/or in the lives of others; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a sample of recent academic work (e.g., chapter, article, or working paper); and 4) a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course materials, and evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities as listed above). All application materials must be received by October 22, 2020, 11:59PM EST.

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. Letters of recommendation (on letterhead, signed, dated, and scanned) should be addressed to Professor Philip Goodman, Chair Department of Sociology.

If you have questions about this position, please contact Ms. Diana Becevello at [email protected].

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by October 22, 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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