Tenure Track Faculty Positions
The University of Toronto employs some of the top scholars in Sociology across a range of subfields. We welcome qualified applicants to peruse our current postings. If you’d like to know more about coming here as a faculty member, take a look at the Faculty Welcome booklet created for faculty across all disciplines.
Each job advertisement lists an undergraduate campus. The University of Toronto has three campuses. The oldest one is downtown and is called the St. George campus (because it is centred on St. George St.). The other two campuses are in the suburbs, one in the west (UTM) and one in the east (UTSC). The three campuses have distinct undergraduate programs but faculty from all three campuses come together for graduate teaching and research activities. Decades ago, the suburban campuses envisioned themselves as distinct liberal arts colleges without a research mandate. Now, however, all three campuses have the same research and teaching expectations and all carry the same degree of prestige.
Together, we form the largest sociology department in the world. It might seem disingenuous to claim this if we are spread out over three campuses but we really do operate as one department and have a truly vibrant intellectual community that spans the campus distinctions.
The campus departments make their own decisions about hiring priorities and the search committees are dominated by members from that campus (though people from all campuses come to job talks and provide feedback on searches in their areas of interest). If you are invited to an on-campus interview, you can expect to spend one day at the St. George campus where the graduate program operates and the other day at the undergraduate campus of appointment.
Non-Tenure Stream Faculty Teaching Positions
From time to time, we hire non-tenure stream instructors either on short-term full-time contracts or on a course by course basis. Sessional instructors who are not students here are governed under the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 collective agreement. There are two positions available for teaching in Summer 2018 at the St. George Campus. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, February 27, 2018: SOC207H1S – Sociology of Work & Occupations; SOC209H1F – Sexuality and Modernity
Employment for Graduate Students
Employment forms part of our graduate students’ funding package and the work skills gained in employment is an important part of their training. Most of our students get valuable teaching experience first by working as a Teaching Assistant and then, once they are senior PhD students, by designing and teaching their own course. Students also gain crucial research experience by working as a Research Assistant on faculty research projects.
Each year, instructors who are teaching undergraduate classes are assigned Teaching Assistantships based on the enrollment in the class. TA duties also vary with the size and format of the course. Large courses like SOC101, for instance, always have multiple TAs who serve as the prime interface with undergraduates, lead tutorial sessions and grade assignments. Smaller courses might have a single TA who does not lead sessions but helps with grading.
Once the undergraduate departments know the number and type of Teaching Assistantships needed, we post the job opportunities on the Sociology TAship website.
In addition to TAships, there are also occasionally opportunities to work as an exam invigilator. All positions are governed by the CUPE 3901 unit 1 collective agreement.
Course Instructor Opportunities for Graduate Students
We encourage our senior graduate students to teach an undergraduate course in the area of their expertise at one of our three campuses. The undergraduate offices normally communicate the available positions by email 4-6 months before the session starts. They are posted here and also on the unit’s website with instructions for application procedures. These positions are governed by the CUPE 3901 unit 1 collective agreement.
UTSC currently has one position available for teaching SOCB30H3: Political Sociology in the fall term. The application deadline is July 19, 2017.
St. George currently has no positions available for teaching in Summer 2018.
UTM currently has 8 positions available for teaching in Summer 2018. The application deadline is Monday, February 26, 2018: SOC208H5F – Crime and Organizations; SOC216H5F – Sociology of Law; SOC219H5F – Gender, Crime and Justice; SOC275H5F – Sociology of Gender; SOC318H5F – Sociology of Mental Health and Mental Disorders; SOC326H5F – Policing; SOC425H5S – Gender in Global Contexts; SOC444H5F – Advanced Topics in Sociology
Working on a research project with a faculty member is an integral part of graduate training. Students gain the most when they are proactive in seeking out RAships with faculty members whose research projects interest them. They might learn about the faculty research by participating in area workshops or at our graduate student orientation. They might also read about the faculty research in our research summary or on the faculty members’ webpages. The experience of working as a Research Assistant varies considerably depending up the project, the student and the faculty member.
Faculty members normally recruit Research Assistants directly either by presenting to the annual graduate orientation faculty research sessions, by speaking with students they know are interested in the research area, or by sending an email to all graduate students. To assure a good match, we advise graduate students to educate themselves in the research of the faculty members and communicate their interests with the faculty members working in allied areas.