Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Application Deadline: 1 November 2018

The Department of Anthropology and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invite applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of African Diaspora studies. This will be a joint appointment between the Department of Anthropology (51%) and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies (49%). The position will commence July 1, 2019, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology or a closely related discipline by July 1, 2019, or shortly thereafter, and have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen existing faculty strengths. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

Candidates must submit a statement outlining their current and future research, and provide evidence of research excellence as demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked, field relevant and peer-reviewed journals, or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades and strong endorsements from referees of high standing. Candidates must also provide evidence of an active research program in African Diaspora that contributes to one or more of these areas: public health, gender, medicine, performance, education, law, human rights, kinship, and religion as well as an emerging reputation in research as demonstrated by the ability to attract external research funding.

Evidence of excellence in teaching, will be provided by the teaching dossier that outlines past experience and teaching accomplishments, a teaching statement that outlines teaching philosophy and plans for future teaching, sample course syllabi, student evaluations and strong letters of reference. The teaching dossier must also provide demonstrated evidence of expertise in African Diaspora in the context of one or more of the following: public health, gender, medicine, performance, education, law, human rights, kinship, and religion. Experience teaching across interdisciplinary boundaries would be a definite asset.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Toronto is a large, tri-campus institution in a vibrant, multi-ethnic region and has a very diverse student population. The Department of Anthropology is a multi-field unit with diverse research and teaching. It has 27 full-time faculty at the St. George campus and 53 graduate faculty across its three campuses. The Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies is an incubator for research across the humanities and social sciences with a vibrant undergraduate program and a growing collaborative graduate program. For more information about the Department of Anthropology, please see the home page at For more information about the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, please see the homepage at

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests, and a teaching dossier (including statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, and student evaluations). Applicants must also arrange for three referees to send letters of reference directly to Professor Janice Boddy, Chair, Department of Anthropology, by email (on letterhead and signed) to by the closing date of November 1, 2018.

Application materials are to be submitted online. Submission guidelines are available at We recommend combining the attachments into one or two files in PDF or MS Word format as follows: (1) Cover letter and CV (2) Research Statement and Teaching dossier. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Professor Janice Boddy at

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.

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 assessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Above text adapted from email.