Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - CLTA - Race and Decolonization in Museums and Heritage

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Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - CLTA - Race and Decolonization in Museums and Heritage

Date Posted: 04/23/2021
Closing Date: 05/31/2021, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 3598
Job Category: Faculty - Teaching Stream, Contractually Limited Term Appointment
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Information
Department: Faculty of Information
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto invites applications for a two-year Contractually Limited Term Appointment (CLTA) at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the area of Race and Decolonization in Museums and Heritage, beginning on August 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter, and ending on July 31, 2023, with the possibility of renewal.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field at the time of appointment or shortly thereafter; or a Master’s degree in the same or related areas by the time of appointment and a portfolio of exceptional work in a museum or other cultural institution. Relevant Ph.D./Masters fields include, but are not limited to: museum studies, information and communications studies, education, history, anthropology, social work, women and gender studies, Indigenous studies, and critical race theory. Candidates must also have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching in an academic and/or professional setting.

We seek candidates whose teaching interests focus on areas related to race and decolonization in museums and heritage. The successful candidate will demonstrate ability to develop effective learning experiences, educational programming, and curriculum in the areas of race and decolonization, interest in scholarly aspects of teaching, and ability to incorporate current research into our graduate courses. The successful candidate must also demonstrate the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues on our graduate courses and programs through the application materials. Candidates must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellent pedagogical practices and a demonstrated interest in teaching-related scholarly activities. We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths.

Applicants must have a proven record of leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion in museums and heritage, demonstrated by design of racial equity strategic plans, application of inclusive exhibition development practices, and innovation in museum education and programming, consulting, or community heritage-related initiatives.

Candidates must also have excellent communication and expository skills, and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Equity and diversity are essential to excellence in teaching. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, awards and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, and 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.

The successful candidate will be expected to enrich decolonial aspects of the curriculum, develop and teach innovative courses that make a positive difference towards equity, diversity and inclusion in museums and heritage, and design transformational pedagogy and co-curricular practices in the field of museums and heritage.

The Faculty of Information’s Master of Museum Studies is engaged in a curriculum review informed by an anti-racism and equity, diversity, and inclusion action plan (available upon request). The successful candidate will be involved in supporting the program in the evolution and implementation of the review and action plan.

As part of the University of Toronto, the Faculty of Information offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. Because of our campus’ diverse student body, and our Faculty’s commitment to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion, we especially welcome applications from candidates who self-identify as Indigenous or those who have lived experience in Black or other racialized (persons of colour) communities, and who pursue ethical community collaboration practices in their work, engage with communities in their research, and promote a respectful, collegial learning and working environment. Candidates therefore must submit a statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups. If you have questions about this statement, please contact [email protected] for a list of resources.

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; one writing sample related to race and decolonization in museums and heritage which could be a publication, a presentation, exhibition catalogue, report, etc.; and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations as well as a statement of contributions to equity and diversity.

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). PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University's automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.

Submission guidelines can be found at If you have any questions about this position, please contact [email protected]. All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by the closing date of May 31, 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: 4/26/2021
Application Due: 7/25/2021
Work Type: Full Time