The Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough invites applications for a three-year Contractually-Limited Term Appointment (CLTA) in the field of early modern Islamicate History. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning on January 1, 2020 or shortly thereafter, and ending on December 31, 2022. The appointment may be renewed for a second term of two years.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in History or a closely related discipline by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. All applicants must have a proven record of excellence in research and teaching about Islamicate worlds, broadly defined, in the period ca. 1500-1800CE/900-1200AH. Regional and thematic specialization is open, but we seek to hire a scholar interested in trans-regional phenomena. The successful candidate’s research and teaching will complement our department’s strength in the study of mobilities of people, objects, and practices within and across imperial formations, and will share our commitment to non-Eurocentric, decolonial pedagogy. Candidates must have research and teaching expertise relevant to historical research in a multi-disciplinary department, particularly at the undergraduate level, and demonstrate ability to teach both historical surveys (e.g. the history of Islam and Muslims from Late Antiquity to the modern era) and more specialized courses–either interdisciplinary or discipline-based–that fit the curricular needs of our programs in History, Global Asia Studies, and/or in African Studies. Ability to contribute meaningfully to other HCS programs, including Women and Gender Studies, Classical Studies, and Food Studies, is a plus.
The successful candidate must be engaged in innovative and independent research of an international caliber. Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence as demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.
Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier, a teaching statement, sample course syllabi, and the teaching evaluations submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The multidisciplinary Department of Historical and Cultural Studies is located at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), a comprehensive university and a fully integrated part of the tri-campus system of the University of Toronto, one of the world’s leading research universities. Building upon the expertise of our faculty and the extensive resources of the university, HCS is uniquely positioned to nurture interdisciplinary and critical scholarship and teaching. Drawing students from across the world and situated in one of the most diverse metropolitan regions in North America, the University of Toronto offers exceptional opportunities for scholars interested in Islamicate history and global early modernity. More details about the Department can be found at: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~hcs
All application materials should be submitted online at http://uoft.me/academicopportunities (Job#1902399). Applications must include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, a research statement, a writing sample (up to 25 pages, single spaced), and a teaching dossier (including a teaching statement, two sample syllabi of relevant courses, as well as evidence of teaching strength from recent courses taught). 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 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 should also arrange to have three letters of reference (signed and on letterhead), including at least one primarily addressing the candidate’s teaching emailed directly by the referees to IslamicateHistory@utsc.utoronto.ca, with the subject line “Islamicate History—your full name”.
All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by 26 August 2019.
Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.