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Assistant Professor - Urban Public Policy

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Assistant Professor - Urban Public Policy

Date Posted: 01/11/2023
Closing Date: 03/11/2023, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 26587
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: University of Toronto Mississauga
Department: UTM: Institute for Management & Innovation
Campus: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)


The Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI) and the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invite applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of urban public policy. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2023 or shortly thereafter. This will be a joint appointment between IMI (51%) and the Department of Political Science (49%) at UTM.

Candidates must have earned a PhD in political science, urban studies, public policy, or a related field by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and enhance our existing departmental strengths in IMI and the Department of Political Science. 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. We are seeking candidates with an expertise in urban public policy; urban political economy, equity and sustainability; the politics of labour market policy for urban economies; and/or comparative urban politics. Preference will be given to candidates that have a record of community engagement, applied professional experience, and some teaching in a professional degree program.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence and an active, innovative, and creative research program that focuses on urban public policy and urban politics. Research excellence can be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or a research pipeline that is at high international levels, the quality of the representative sample of publications submitted as part of the application, presentations at national and international conferences, recognition for innovative work, strong endorsements from referees of high international standing, and a research statement.

The successful candidate will teach in the Master of Urban Innovation (MUI) program at IMI, UTM, as well as the undergraduate Political Science program at UTM and the graduate program in Political Science at the University of Toronto. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, teaching evaluations and representative course materials submitted as part of the application, a demonstrated commitment to practice-based and experiential learning, as well as strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to building IMI’s strong culture of professional graduate education and experiential, practice-based and applied learning. Overall, the successful candidate’s research and teaching expertise will align with MUI’s goals, including training our students to develop a deeper understanding of the critical connections between urban innovation, urban politics and governance, the challenge of achieving equitable and inclusive growth, and avoiding the pitfalls of precarious employment in innovation-driven urban economies.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI) is a platform for inter- and transdisciplinary research and scholarship focused in the area of innovations of human, social, and organizational processes and transformational leadership. IMI’s faculty are world class scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including management, political science, economics, planning, geography, and chemistry. IMI is home to UTM’s professional graduate and undergraduate education programs, which aim to develop innovation-focused leaders who will contribute to creating a more sustainable world. IMI’s interdisciplinary programs blend business, natural/physical sciences, and social sciences, and are distinctive in their focus on experiential and applied learning. IMI faculty members contribute to graduate programs including: Master of Forensic Accounting (MFAcc); Master of Management of Innovation (MMI); Master of Management & Professional Accounting (MMPA); Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM); Master of Biotechnology; and Master of Urban Innovation (MUI); and undergraduate programs including: Minor in Business, Science, and Entrepreneurship, and the Certificate in Global Sustainability. IMI is home to UTM’s business incubator, the ICUBE, and delivers impactful executive education programs through IMIx, including the Urban Leadership Exchange (ULX).

The Master of Urban Innovation (MUI) is IMI’s newest professional degree program, which focuses on urban economic development, community capacity building, innovation management, local and regional governance, and the social sustainability of urban economies. This graduate degree program aligns with the current programs offered at IMI, maintaining a focus on management, innovation and sustainability and incorporates the research and teaching strengths from UTM Departments of Political Science, Geography, Geomatics and Environment, Management and Economics.

The successful candidate will also hold a graduate faculty appointment in the tri-campus Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, a department with strengths and interdisciplinary linkages in Canadian Politics, Public Policy, International Relations, Comparative Politics and Political Theory. Active participation and student supervision in the graduate program of the Department of Political Science is expected. Additional information on the Department can be obtained online at

At UTM we are committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion. With an enviable diverse student body, we especially welcome applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, Black, or racially visible (persons of colour), and who have experience working with teaching or mentoring diverse groups or students. Candidates must demonstrate, in their application materials, an ability to foster diversity on campus and within the curriculum or discipline, and must show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial environment. Candidates must submit a statement describing their contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities; efforts undertaken to develop inclusive pedagogies, collaboration, and engagement with underrepresented communities; and mentoring of students from underrepresented groups. If you have questions about this statement, please contact Dr. Soo Min Toh, Director, IMI at: [email protected].

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking on the link below. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests, a statement on equity and diversity (as outlined above), up to 3 representative article-length publications, and a teaching dossier that includes a teaching statement, teaching evaluations and representative course materials supporting evidence of teaching quality and experience.

Applicants must also provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of references from each after 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.

All materials must be received by March 11th 2023 (no email applications will be accepted). Application materials should be submitted online.

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.

If you have any questions about this position, please contact the Institute for Management and Innovation at [email protected].

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

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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