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Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream Linguistics and Graduate Communication

University of Toronto
Toronto (City), Ontario (CA)
Closing date
Nov 29, 2023

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Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream Linguistics and Graduate Communication

Date Posted: 10/20/2023

Closing Date: 11/27/2023, 11:59PM ET

Req ID: 30893

Job Category: Faculty - Teaching Stream (continuing)

Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science and School of Graduate Studies

Department: Dept of Linguistics & School of Graduate Studies

Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Department of Linguistics in the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) and the Graduate Centre for Academic

Communication (GCAC) in the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time teaching stream position in Linguistics and Graduate Communication.  The primary appointment will be in the Department of Linguistics (51%) with the secondary appointment in the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (49%). The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2024.

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.

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Rhetoric and Composition, Second-Language Pedagogy or a related area by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching. We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and enhance our existing departmental strengths. 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.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in Linguistics, and graduate courses in advanced academic writing and speaking to multidisciplinary groups. The candidate will have qualifications/experience in the following areas: (1) teaching graduate communication, (2) designing curriculum for advanced writing instruction, (3) supporting multilingual students (English for Academic Purposes), and (4) conducting scholarship with a focus on multilingual communities. They must be able to teach in several of the following areas: phonetics, sociophonetics, phonology, discourse analysis, advanced academic writing, English for Academic Purposes, oral communication, and English linguistics, especially World Englishes. Experience with West African languages, Youth languages, translanguaging and/or code-switching are assets. Experience teaching multidisciplinary groups would be an asset. 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.

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, 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 is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Toronto is Canada’s largest research university. It has a large and dynamic population of graduate students and an ongoing commitment to supporting their professional development. The successful applicant will join well established communities of practice supporting graduate writers at U of T. In addition to supporting graduate students through GCAC, the successful applicant will also contribute to Linguistics by teaching undergraduate courses as needed. With these goals in mind, we seek a curricular pioneer whose ability to discover through experimentation matches that of our extraordinary graduate and undergraduate students.

More information on the University of Toronto ( and the Department of Linguistics

( can be found on their respective websites. Linguistics undergraduate course descriptions are available at

The GCAC provides academic communication support to all graduate students at the University of Toronto. Established in

2000, GCAC provides professional development in both writing and speaking to graduate students in all programs at U of T. Its mission is to support graduate students as they build autonomy as academic writers and communicators in their disciplines. Part of the School of Graduate Studies, GCAC offers a range of programming related to academic writing and speaking that brings together more than 6,000 graduate students from more than 80 of U of T’s graduate programs annually.

For more information on GCAC, please visit

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 which includes a teaching statement, sample syllabi and course materials, and teaching evaluations. 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 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.

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 letter 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 Jane Freeman at

All application materials, including recent reference letters, must be received by November 27, 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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