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Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - CLTA - Printing History, Culture and Practice

University of Toronto
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Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - CLTA - Printing History, Culture and Practice

Date Posted: 03/22/2024
Closing Date: 04/29/2024, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 35738
Job Category: Faculty - Teaching Stream, Contractually Limited Term Appointment
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: St. Michael's College
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Book and Media Studies program at St. Michael’s College in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a three-year contractually limited term appointment (CLTA) in the area of Printing History, Culture and Practice. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2024, ending June 30, 2027.

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in the study of printing history or a related area by the time of appointment, with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching. Applicants who have completed a graduate terminal degree in Fine Arts, with a minimum of two years of professional experience as a printer, will also be considered. We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and enhance our existing program strengths in global book history, printing culture, and experiential learning. Candidates must have teaching experience in a degree-granting program, including lecture preparation and delivery, curriculum development, and development of online material/lectures. Additionally, candidates must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellent pedagogical inquiry and a demonstrated interest in teaching-related scholarly activities.

Practical experience with letterpress printing, with hands-on teaching of letterpress printing, and with the use, maintenance, and care of 19th and 20th century printing presses, type, and the general upkeep of a print shop, including maintaining an inventory of supplies, is essential. Candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate courses that combine the academic study of the history of printing with practical, workshop-style classes in printing. They will also be expected to run the student printing apprenticeship program sponsored by St. Michael’s College.

Evidence of excellence in teaching and a commitment to excellent pedagogical inquiry can be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, awards and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application (with required materials outlined below), as well as strong letters of reference.

Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Book & Media Studies program is open to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto. The program is an interdisciplinary and historical investigation of the role of printing, books, reading, and electronic and digital media in cultures past and present. Subjects and topics covered include manuscript and book production, printing history and print culture, book illustrations, advertising, censorship, histories and practices of reading, and the development of mass media (radio, television, global telecommunications, social media, and the internet).

The Book & Media Studies program prepares students for potential graduate work in the Book History and Print Culture graduate program at the University of Toronto, in Information and Library Science, in Cinema Studies, in Cultural History, and in literary study. It also prepares them for potential vocations in journalism, publishing, editing, and communications.

The program is a participant in the Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP) stream, which is available to students entering their second year of study and enrolled in the Book & Media Studies Major.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; and a complete teaching dossier that includes a teaching statement, sample syllabi and course materials, and teaching evaluations. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1-2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

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 referee the day after an application is submitted. Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit recent letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date. At least one reference letter must primarily address the candidate’s teaching. More details on the automatic reference collection, including timelines, are available in the candidate FAQ.

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 Professor Irene Morra at

All application materials, including recent reference letters, must be received by April 29, 2024.

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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