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Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - Health Advocacy and Journalism

University of Toronto
St. George (Downtown Toronto)
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Jul 23, 2021

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Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - Health Advocacy and Journalism

Date Posted: 06/11/2021
Closing Date: 07/20/2021, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 3942
Job Category: Faculty - Teaching Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Department: Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time teaching stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the area of Health Advocacy and Journalism. The expected start date is January 1, 2022, or shortly thereafter.

In its Academic Plan (2019-24), the Dalla Lana School of Public Health notes “an increasing number of our students from professional and particularly from research programs are being called on to assume leadership roles that require new sets of competencies to articulate agendas, advocate, and manage complex projects.” To address some of those needs, “the School will develop a series of courses and fellowships across all of our education lines that help our students, alumni and faculty prepare for leadership and impact in our health systems.” Competencies for these leadership roles will include public engagement, health advocacy in political and policy environments, and investigative journalism. The Dalla Lana School is already a leader in these areas as the home for the Dalla Lana Fellowship in Global Journalism, the Certificate in Health Impact, and faculty, students, staff and alumni who work closely with decision-makers at every level of government.

The DLSPH seeks an exceptional academic innovator with proven expertise in journalism, advocacy, and curricular development. Candidates must have a minimum of a Masters degree by the time of appointment in a relevant field (public health, health administration, health services research, public policy, management, journalism, or communications) and have experience working in journalism and policy environments. A PhD in a relevant area by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, is preferred. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching. We seek candidates who can demonstrate the ability to advance the ‘Creating Impact’ goals of the 2019-2024 Academic Plan as evidenced in their application materials. We also seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and deepen our departmental strengths.

Candidates must have teaching expertise in the competencies noted above in a degree-granting program at the graduate-program level and in a continuing education or professional development model, including lecture preparation and delivery, curriculum development, and development of online teaching models. Additionally, candidates must possess demonstrated success in designing, launching and overseeing new academic programs, academic budget management, recruitment of students, recruitment of instructors, oversight of curricula and development and stewardship of practice-based learning partnerships with industry partners. This experience should include direct experience teaching health professionals and researchers.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, awards and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including a strong teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations, as well as strong letters of reference from referees of high standing.

Administrative experience in an academic setting is of benefit as is success in marketing programs to partners outside of the University. In order to lead and support the development of programs in political and policy advocacy, candidates should have demonstrated experience providing strategic advice to senior decision-makers in the public and private sectors, particularly in politically-driven and policy-driven environments.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Established by Royal Charter in 1827, the University of Toronto is the largest and most prestigious research-intensive university in Canada, located in one of the world’s greatest cities. The University has more than 19,000 faculty and staff, some 73,000 students enrolled across three campuses, and annual budget of $1.8 billion, including $376 million in externally funded research, an additional $469 million in research funding in the affiliated teaching hospitals, and one of the premier research libraries in North America.

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH; has an illustrious history that began in the 1920’s and continued with a recent renaissance beginning in 2008 (see synopsis at The most prominent School of Public Health in Canada, the DLSPH now has a roster of over 800 students, and greater than $27 million in annual research expenditures. It houses the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, major initiatives related to Healthy Cities, Big Data for Health, Quality Improvement, and Clinical Public Health, partnerships with institutions throughout Toronto that comprise the largest health-science research complex in Canada, alliances with multiple international partners and a central location in one of the most dynamic, multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course materials and teaching evaluations).

Applicants must also ask three referees to send letters (signed and on letterhead) directly to Konstantina Kollias via email to [email protected] PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.

Submission guidelines can be found at: For questions regarding this position, please contact [email protected].

All application materials, including letters of reference, must be received by July 20, 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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