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Assistant Professor - Critical Qualitative Health Research Methodology

University of Toronto
Toronto, ON

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Assistant Professor - Critical Qualitative Health Research Methodology

Date Posted: 04/04/2023
Closing Date: 06/05/2023, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 29920
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure 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 at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate is anticipated to start by January 2, 2024. The successful candidate may also be appointed as the Eakin Chair in Critical Qualitative Health Research Methodology for a 5-year term, renewable following a favourable review.

The successful candidate will be producing innovative scholarship about critical qualitative health methodology and teaching advanced critical qualitative research methodology to graduate students. The position is open with respect to a substantive focus on health (e.g., health equity, mental health, global health). The successful candidate will be appointed to the Division of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences in recognition of the centrality of social sciences to qualitative health research and methodology.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Public Health, Health Sciences, or in the Social Sciences with demonstrated excellence in critical qualitative research methodology and health research, as well as excellence in teaching. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate a record of scholarship in critical qualitative methodology (i.e. publications, presentations, and other forms of innovative methodological work), excellence in critical qualitative health research and teaching and success in securing external research funding. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing strengths (see

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field-relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated by teaching accomplishments and the teaching dossier, including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations or other evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities submitted as part of the application, as well as strong endorsements by referees. Other teaching-related activities can include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars or student mentorship.

The Chair’s research program will be based at Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research (CQ). The Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, known as CQ, builds capacity in the health sciences to advance critical and theoretically informed qualitative inquiry. Please visit this site for more information. The holder of the Chair will provide an annual report of teaching and research activities to the Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

The Chair will work with the Centre’s collaborative and multidisciplinary networks to champion and advance critical qualitative methodology relevant to health research. It is expected that the Chair will lead the Centre’s curriculum in advanced critical qualitative methodology and teach core courses in the graduate curriculum for doctoral students. It is expected that the Chair will work with the Centre’s director to co-lead a network of CQ scholars at the university and its affiliated research institutes, and in other research settings in Canada and internationally.

The DLSPH is building a culture of belonging and firmly believes diversity increases our capacity to address and serve the interests of our global community. 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. This search aligns with the University of Toronto’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.

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 great cities. The University has more than 19,000 faculty and staff, some 73,000 students enrolled across three campuses, an 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 1920s 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 1000 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 by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit:

  • A cover letter;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • A research statement outlining how current and future methodological research reflects a critical qualitative approach;
  • Up to three examples of innovative methodological work, including for example: peer-reviewed publication; book chapter; a substantial, article-length writing; a sample presentation, and other forms of innovative methodological work;
  • A detailed list of awarded grants;
  • A teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, teaching accomplishments and awards, teaching evaluations, and/or sample course materials, or evidence of superior performance in other teaching-related activities as listed above.

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 referees submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date. More details on the automatic reference letter collection, including timelines, are available in the FAQs.

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. For questions regarding this position, please contact

All application materials, including letters of reference, must be received by June 5, 2023.

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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