Assistant Professor - American Political Development/Ethics, Society, and Law

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Assistant Professor - American Political Development/Ethics, Society, and Law

Date Posted: 02/05/2021
Closing Date: 03/15/2021, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 2425
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Dept of Political Science
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Department of Political Science and the Ethics, Society, and Law Program, Trinity College, in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invite applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of American political development/ethics, society and law. This will be a joint appointment between the Department of Political Science (51%) and Trinity College (49%). The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence on July 1, 2021 or shortly thereafter.

We seek candidates who work at the interface between the structural foundations of American political development (such as federalism, separation of powers, and constitutional values) and core questions of ethics (such as human rights and human dignity). Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Political Science or a related field and have a minimum of one year of postdoctoral training by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching in relevant disciplinary areas.

We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental and program strengths. The successful candidate will undertake undergraduate and graduate teaching responsibilities on the University’s downtown (St. George) campus. Applicants are encouraged to review the research and teaching profiles of current faculty members. Please visit our homes pages to learn more about us (Department of Political Science; and Ethics, Society, and Law program

The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive and externally funded research program. Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, 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.

Candidates are 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.

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 writing sample; 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 their contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover (but need not be 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 (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date.

Submission guidelines can be found at . If you have any questions about this position, please contact Sari Sherman at [email protected].

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by Monday, March 15, 2021.

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, LGBTQ2S+ 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: 2/7/2021
Application Due: 3/16/2021
Work Type: Full Time