Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - CLTA - Geographical Information Systems

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Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - CLTA - Geographical Information Systems

Date Posted: 04/27/2021
Closing Date: 06/03/2021, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 3279
Job Category: Faculty - Teaching Stream, Contractually Limited Term Appointment
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Dept of Geography and Planning
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Department of Geography & Planning in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto (St. George campus) invites applications for a 3-year contractually limited term appointment (CLTA) at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) with an expected start date of August 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants must hold a PhD degree in physical or human geography (or a closely aligned discipline) with a research/teaching focus in GIS/GIScience by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter and possess a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching. We welcome applications from candidates with an interest in the applications of GIS in fields such as public health, transportation, planning, or physical/environmental geography, among others.

We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths. Candidates must have teaching expertise in a degree granting program at the undergraduate level, including lecture preparation and delivery, curriculum development, and development of online material/lectures in GIS/GIScience. Additionally, candidates must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellent pedagogical practices and a demonstrated interest in teaching-related scholarly activities.

Evidence of excellence in teaching and pedagogical inquiry will be provided by strong letters of reference; teaching awards and accolades; presentations at significant, discipline-relevant conferences; and in a teaching dossier which includes teaching accomplishments; a statement of teaching philosophy; sample course syllabi related to the teaching of Geographical Information Systems; and teaching evaluations.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach a wide range of courses that may include introductory, intermediate, and advanced GIS courses, a fourth-year capstone GIS course, a graduate-level GIS course for non-specialists, and other undergraduate GIS courses based on the candidates teaching interests and in consultation with the Associate Chair, Undergraduate. ESRI Canada’s ArcGIS software will be the core software used in all of these courses, but it is possible to supplement this with other software where appropriate. The successful candidate will also be expected to undertake normal departmental service duties including various committee memberships, potential roles on undergraduate and graduate thesis committees, identifying possible internship opportunities in the area of GIS, and contributing to the development of new GIS/GIScience curricula.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Toronto is a tri-campus, research-intensive institution. This appointment is at the St. George campus, which is located in the heart of Toronto and offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. The University also offers opportunities to work in a wide range of collaborative programs and centres of research. For more information about the Department of Geography & Planning, please visit our home page:

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking on the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter, a complete current curriculum vitae, a complete teaching dossier including a teaching statement, sample course syllabi, and teaching evaluations. All application materials must be submitted online.

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 We encourage applicants to combine PDF or MS Word documents into one or two files. Inquiries should be directed to Professor Richard DiFrancesco, Chair of the Search Committee, at [email protected].

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by June 3, 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: 4/29/2021
Application Due: 7/28/2021
Work Type: Full Time