Job Opportunity: Writing and Rhetoric Program, University of Toronto


The University of Toronto’s Innis College invites applications for a two-year, limited-term, teaching-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream. The successful candidate will be part of the Writing and Rhetoric Program and the position will begin July 1, 2017 or shortly thereafter, and end June 30, 2019. The deadline for applications is May 25, 2017.

Innis College is seeking applicants with extensive knowledge of writing and rhetoric as conjoined fields of study.  The successful candidate will teach courses at the undergraduate level in subjects including: Theories of Rhetoric; Writing Essays; and preferably, both Digital Rhetoric and Writing for Social Change.

Ideally, the candidate will be equipped to teach any number of courses currently offered by the program, a listing of which appears on the program website. For that reason, the candidate should have experience teaching a range of courses, from lecture-based survey courses to seminars, and, preferably, possess experience supervising teaching assistants. The candidate will also be expected to teach select courses within the core curriculum of the program, including INI103H (Writing Essays).

While this position requires general knowledge of the fundamentals of writing and rhetoric, candidates should also demonstrate specialization in an area that would complement the Writing and Rhetoric program’s current course offerings.

Candidates must demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching and preferably have three years of experience teaching at the post-secondary level. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated by strong endorsements from referees, teaching accomplishments highlighted as part of the application, and teaching dossier and teaching evaluations as part of the application. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Writing and Rhetoric (or a related discipline) in hand by time of appointment or shortly thereafter. Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Submission guidelines can be found here. We recommend combining documentation into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.  Applications should include:

  1. a cover letter of no more than two single-spaced pages, and containing a concise articulation of the candidate’s teaching philosophy;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. a teaching dossier containing a list of courses taught, course syllabi, and teaching evaluations;
  4. an example of published scholarship not exceeding twenty pages.

Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation focusing on their teaching abilities sent to Charlie Keil, Principal, Innis College, and Chair of Search Committee. All inquiries should be directed to Maitri Vosko, Assistant to the Principal.