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Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - CLTA - Graduate Academic Communication

University of Toronto
St. George (Downtown Toronto)

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Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - CLTA - Graduate Academic Communication

Date Posted: 07/30/2021
Closing Date: 10/01/2021, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 12586
Job Category: Faculty - Teaching Stream, Contractually Limited Term Appointment
Faculty/Division: School of Graduate Studies
Department: Graduate Centre for Academic Communication
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) within the University of Toronto’s School of Graduate Studies invites applications for a full-time three-year contractually limited term appointment (CLTA), with a possible two-year renewal, specializing in teaching academic writing/speaking to graduate students. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream with an expected start date of January 1, 2022.

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Applied Linguistics, Rhetoric and Composition, Second-Language Pedagogy, English, or a related area by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching. Applicants must also have a demonstrated record of pedagogical excellence and innovation combined with at least two years of teaching experience at the university level, evidence of effectiveness both as a sole curricular designer and instructor and as a collaborative member of a teaching team, a passion for teaching writing/speaking, and a demonstrated interest in teaching-related scholarly activities. Previous experience working with Master’s and doctoral students will be an asset.

The ideal candidate will be a highly skilled and versatile teacher with demonstrated expertise and experience in the following: 1) teaching academic writing/speaking to graduate students; 2) designing curriculum for advanced academic communication; 3) supporting multilingual students (English for Academic Purposes; 4) working with students in diverse disciplines; and 5) engagement with scholarship in Writing Studies.

Evidence of excellence in teaching, pedagogical inquiry and innovation can be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, awards and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application (with required materials outlined below), as well as strong letters of reference from referees of high standing.

The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication is the first and largest program of its kind in Canada. Established in 2000, GCAC provides professional development in academic writing and speaking to Master’s and doctoral students in all programs at the University of Toronto (U of T). GCAC is committed to meeting the sophisticated communication needs of graduate students by providing targeted instruction and opportunities for autonomous development for both L1 and L2 speakers. Program offerings include a range of non-credit courses and workshops on topics such as grant writing, dissertation writing, oral presentation skills, and academic writing/speaking for multilingual speakers. We offer several 3-4 day intensive offerings during the year, such as dissertation and research-article boot camps, and a Writing Centre throughout the year. Approximately 7,000 of U of T’s graduate students from more than eighty graduate departments participate in GCAC’s programming annually. Information on GCAC’s programming is available at

In addition to working with graduate students, the successful applicant will have opportunities to work with graduate faculty who provide writing/speaking support to their graduate students across all graduate departments at the university.

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 must therefore submit a brief (up to one 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.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below.

Applications must include:

  1. a cover letter,

  2. a detailed curriculum vitae,

  3. a teaching dossier, to include:

  4. a statement of your own teaching philosophy and interests

  5. representative course materials, sample syllabi of your own design, and teaching evaluations from an academic setting (up to 40 pages)

  • a statement about how you will contribute to equity and diversity (as outlined above, up to 1 page)

  • 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 (this happens overnight). Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date. At least one reference letter must primarily address the candidate’s teaching.

    Submission guidelines can be found at Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

    Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Jane Freeman, Director of GCAC, at: [email protected].

    All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by October 1st, 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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