Assistant Professor - Health Education and Promotion

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Assistant Professor - Health Education and Promotion

Date Posted: 12/18/2020
Closing Date: 02/16/2021, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 439
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: University of Toronto Scarborough
Department: Univeristy of Toronto Scarborough: Department of Health and Society
Campus:University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)


The Department of Health and Society (DHS) at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the interdisciplinary area of Health Promotion and Health Education. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021 or shortly thereafter.

The University of Toronto Scarborough, campus home to the Department of Health and Society, is implementing a new Strategic Plan: Inspiring Inclusive Excellence. Consistent with the values and objectives in that plan, we especially welcome candidates who self-identify as Indigenous or those who have lived experience in Black or other racialized (persons of colour) communities. This position is part of a cohort of similar faculty searches in Biological Sciences, Historical and Cultural Studies, the Centre for Critical Development Studies, Political Science, and Psychology. New colleagues will have the opportunity to be connected with previous cohorts of faculty from under-represented groups, including those hired last year in four departments spanning the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

Applicants must have a terminal PhD degree in a relevant discipline by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter. Applicants must have a demonstrated record of excellence in interdisciplinary health-related research as well as excellence in teaching (both large lecture-style and smaller seminar settings). The successful candidate’s appointment will be to the Department of Health and Society, and a graduate appointment in a disciplinary unit will be arranged based on the candidate’s background and expertise as they are immediately relevant to health-related promotion and education, such as Communication, Education, History, Information Science, Media Studies, Nursing, Public Health, Rehabilitation Sciences, or a related discipline.

We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and broaden our existing departmental strengths. Areas of substantive specialization within health promotion and education may include (but are not limited to) community mobilization; digital advocacy campaigns; health information literacy; and intervention design and evaluation. Topics of particular expertise are open, but we are particularly interested in candidates with subject expertise in addiction; pain management; palliative care; pandemic response and policy implementation; transcultural communication; and/or violence. Preference will be given to those candidates whose research and teaching interests are grounded in methodological innovation, which may include anti-colonial methodologies, arts-based methods, and participatory approaches to study design and implementation of research activities.

The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent interdisciplinary research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence as demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, communication strategies that are accessible to the populations whom the research is intended to benefit, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, the submitted research statement, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of expertise. Excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through a teaching statement highlighting previous experience that can include leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, delivering conference presentations or posters, or experience as a teaching assistant or course instructor. Excellence in teaching may also be demonstrated through materials such as sample course syllabi (either of courses delivered by the candidate or planned for the future), course evaluations, or other evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities submitted as part of the application.

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. 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‐ to 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.

The Department of Health and Society is home to a diverse community of students, teachers, and researchers. Members of our growing department ask cutting-edge questions about health, disability, illness, and disease for locally and globally and from a range of disciplinary perspectives. DHS faculty have affiliations and research collaborations with many units at the University of Toronto, including the Centre for Global Disability Studies, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Mark Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), and the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute.

The appointment is at University of Toronto Scarborough, which is a research-intensive campus with an interdisciplinary commitment, a multicultural student body, and a modern campus. The University of Toronto is ranked first in Canada and 11th in the world for research citations. As a growing three-campus university, we attract a diverse scholarly and collegial group of faculty from top universities around the world. The Greater Toronto Area offers exceptional cultural and demographic diversity. The University offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; a recent article-length publication; a diversity statement; a teaching statement highlighting previous experience as listed above .

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.

Applications must be submitted online. Submission guidelines can be found at

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by February 16, 2021. If you have any questions about this position, please contact the Department Chair, at [email protected].

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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Job No:
Posted: 12/19/2020
Application Due: 2/18/2021
Work Type: Full Time