The Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto invites applications for a two-year Contractually Limited Term Appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Anti-Oppression and Social Justice in Museums and Heritage, beginning on July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter, and ending on June 30, 2023, with the possibility of renewal.
Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in museum studies, information and communications studies, education, history, anthropology, social work, women and gender studies, Indigenous studies, critical race theory, or a related area by the time of appointment with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests support the development of areas related to anti-oppression and social justice in museums and heritage. The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level.
Equity and diversity are essential to excellence in research and teaching. Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by: a documented record of community research and engagement, a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high academic standards, publications in highly respected professional venues, community collaborations deliverables, the submitted research statement, presentations at conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements from referees.
Applicants must have a proven record of academic leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion in museums and heritage, demonstrated by design of racial equity strategic plans, application of inclusive exhibition development practices, innovation in museum education and programming, consulting, and community heritage-related initiatives.
Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, awards and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, and the 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.
As part of the University of Toronto, the Faculty of Information offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. Because of our campus’ diverse student body, and our Faculty’s commitment to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion, we especially welcome applications from candidates who self-identify as Indigenous or those who have lived experience in Black or other racialized (persons of colour) communities, and who pursue ethical community collaboration practices in their work, engage with communities in their research, and promote a respectful, collegial learning and working environment. Candidates therefore must submit a statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such 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. If you have questions about this statement, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of resources.
The Faculty of Information’s Master of Museum Studies is engaged in a curriculum review informed by an anti-racism and equity, diversity, and inclusion action plan (available upon request). The successful candidate will be involved in supporting the program in the evolution and implementation of the review and action plan.