Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - Digital and Public History

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Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - Digital and Public History

Date Posted: 11/09/2020
Closing Date: 12/14/2020, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 445
Job Category: Faculty - Teaching Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: University of Toronto Scarborough
Department: Department of Historical and Cultural Studies
Campus:University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)


The Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a full-time teaching stream position in the field of Digital and Public History. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.

We seek individuals with the demonstrated ability to enhance our students’ educational experience through the development of critical, community-engaged historical research, awareness of the ends of historical knowledge production both globally and locally, and a range of digital analysis and presentation skills that can be deployed in the pursuit of equity and scholarship.

Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in History or in a related field by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter with a demonstrated engagement with digital and public historical methods, and a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching. We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and enhance our existing departmental strengths. Candidates must have teaching expertise in a degree granting program at the undergraduate levels, including lecture preparation and delivery, curriculum development, and development of online material/lectures. Additionally, candidates must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellent pedagogical practices and a demonstrated interest in teaching-related scholarly activities.

Applicants must be prepared to teach courses in digital and public history across all levels of undergraduate instruction, from large survey courses to research-intensive seminars. They also must be prepared to offer a second-year course in Critical Writing and Research for Historians and to spearhead the development of writing-enhanced courses for students pursuing our major and specialist programs. The successful candidate’s courses will integrate the teaching of expository skills with the development of digital tools, skills and methods, as well as numeracy and quantitative reasoning skills. Whereas candidates’ field of specialization is open, we are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in community-engaged scholarship, and/or a focus on histories of food, environments, science and technology, and social-justice approaches to Indigenous, racialized, and subaltern knowledge production.

The successful candidate must demonstrate excellence in teaching and pedagogical inquiry, including the capacity to expertly bring current historiographical debates, concepts, and research methods to the undergraduate classroom. Evidence of excellence in teaching and pedagogical inquiry will be provided through teaching accomplishments, awards and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, the teaching dossier including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference from referees of high standing.

Candidates must also 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 multidisciplinary Department of Historical and Cultural Studies (HCS) is located at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), a comprehensive university and a fully integrated part of the tri-campus system of the University of Toronto, one of the world’s leading research universities. Building upon the expertise of our faculty and the extensive resources of the university, HCS is uniquely positioned to nurture interdisciplinary and critical scholarship and teaching, drawing students from across the world and situated in one of the most diverse metropolitan regions in North America. For more information about the Department, please visit The successful candidate will join a campus that fulfills the University’s priorities ( while centering Inclusive Excellence in its own strategic plan

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; links to an online portfolio featuring digital projects in which they have been involved; 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): creative practice, scholarship or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee to the hiring unit via email at [email protected] by the closing date (on letterhead, dated, and signed). At least one reference must primarily address the candidate's teaching. PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University's automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.

Submission guidelines can be found at: Further inquiries about the position can be directed to Prof. E. Natalie Rothman, Chair at [email protected].

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by December 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: 11/11/2020
Application Due: 12/17/2020
Work Type: Full Time