Job Opportunities

Assistant Professor – Comparative Caribbean Literatures and Cultures

Date Posted: 10/30/2020
Closing Date: 12/15/2020, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 1330
Job Category: Faculty -Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Centre for Comparative Literature (51%) and the Caribbean Studies Program (49%)
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)

Description: The Centre for Comparative Literature and the Caribbean Studies Program, New College, in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus invite applications for a joint full-time tenure stream position (51% Comparative Literature & 49% New College) in the area of Comparative Caribbean Literatures and Cultures. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Comparative Literature or a related field by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate must have a strong grounding in literary methodologies and may work across a range of textual media. We seek candidates with lived experience of the Caribbean and its diasporas, whose work engages multiple linguistic traditions across the Caribbean and who can address current topics including transnationalism and diaspora, colonialism, postcolonialism, indigeneity, ecocriticism, gender, sexuality and race as informed by the intellectual history and literary traditions of the Caribbean.

The successful candidate will join two vibrant interdisciplinary intellectual communities.We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing strengths in the Centre for Comparative Literature and the Caribbean Studies Program. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the Caribbean Studies Program in New College, the Literature and Critical Theory Program at Victoria College, and graduate courses in the Centre for Comparative Literature and will be expected to develop the field of comparative literary Caribbean Studies at the graduate level.

The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive research program. 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, the submitted sample of writing, presentations at significant conferences, awards, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, a teaching dossier including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations submitted as part of the application, 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.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications should include a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; a recent writing sample (40pp max); and a teaching dossier that includes a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations.

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 are therefore also asked to submit a 1-2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover such topics 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.

Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to the hiring unit via email at by the closing date (on letterhead, dated, and signed). PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.

Submission guidelines can be found at If you have any questions about this position, please contact Professor Jill Ross at

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by December 15.

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, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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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.

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