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Assistant Professor - Sociocultural Studies of Physical Activity and Health

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Assistant Professor - Sociocultural Studies of Physical Activity and Health

Date Posted: 02/23/2023
Closing Date: 03/30/2023, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 29436
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Kinesiology & Physl Ed.
Department: Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education (KPE) at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure stream appointment in the sociocultural studies of physical activity and health. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin on September 1, 2023, or shortly thereafter.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in Kinesiology or relevant field in the social sciences (e.g., Indigenous studies, sociology, health studies, cultural studies, environmental studies, gender studies, critical race studies, queer studies, critical disability studies, media studies) by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. Candidates with a background in decolonial or land-based research and qualitative methodologies are especially encouraged to apply. Experience/training in using intersectional anti-oppression approaches and in teaching Indigenous and Black histories and/or qualitative methodologies is considered a strong asset.

The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research and develop an outstanding, original, and externally-funded research programme. Evidence of research productivity and research excellence will be demonstrated through publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, presentations at significant conferences, research funding, transformations in practice or policy, or other forms of recognition that are appropriate for the field of inquiry, as well as the research statement, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate program teaching and student mentorship and to increase opportunities for students to conduct research in associated areas of scholarship. Evidence of excellence in teaching may be demonstrated by the statement of teaching philosophy and a teaching dossier including sample syllabi and teaching evaluations or other evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing. Other teaching-related activities can include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or excellent conference presentations or posters.

The candidate will be expected to contribute to service through engagement on Faculty-related committees.

We seek exceptional candidates who would complement our existing strengths (for KPE Faculty Members/Research Areas, please see and expand upon existing collaborations with colleagues in the Faculty, university and related research community.

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of these criteria, as they relate to each candidate’s area of inquiry. The selection process will be based on scholarship, interviews, research seminar, and meetings with faculty and students.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada’s largest and most research-intensive university, and the only Canadian university to be repeatedly among the top 25 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Located in and around Toronto, one of the world’s most diverse cities with a vibrant Indigenous community, the University of Toronto’s vibrant academic life is defined by the intellectual and cultural diversity in its community.

The appointment is at the University of Toronto, St. George campus, which is a research-intensive institution with an interdisciplinary commitment, a multicultural student body, and a modern campus. The University offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach, and live in one of the most diverse cities of the world.

The Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) at the University of Toronto has made major contributions to its mission of developing, advancing and disseminating knowledge about physical activity and health and its interactions through, education, research, leadership and the provision of opportunity. With a culturally diverse student body of more than 1000 undergraduate students and 150 graduate students, as well as 40 faculty members from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, ours is an intellectually rich and supportive community, guided by the highest standards of scholarship with a commitment to equity and social justice. The successful candidate will join an internationally recognized Faculty whose commitments to equity and access are reflected in our research, education, policy and practice. This search aligns with the University’s commitment to strategically and proactively promote diversity among our community members (Statement on Equity, Diversity & Excellence). Recognizing that Black, Indigenous, and other Racialized communities have experienced inequities that have developed historically and are ongoing, we strongly welcome and encourage candidates from those communities to apply.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking on the link below. Application materials illustrating the points listed above should be submitted online and include: i) a detailed curriculum vitae, ii) a cover letter, ii) sample publications, iii) a 3-5 page statement detailing research objectives and plans as well as teaching interests and philosophy, iv) a teaching dossier to include sample course syllabi, and teaching evaluations.

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 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. More details on the automatic reference letter collection, including timelines, are available on the candidate FAQ page.

If you have questions about this position, please email All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by March 30, 2023.

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.

Information about the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education and its faculty members can be found at our home page:

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

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