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Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Disability Studies

Toronto Metropolitan University

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Disability Studies
FCS, Disability Studies
Posted: November 21, 2022
Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the School of Disability Studies in the Faculty of Community Services at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, Disability Studies, with specialization in critical disability, mad, and Deaf studies approach as it intersects with science and technology studies and/or bioethics, effective July 1st, 2023, subject to final budgetary approval.

We especially welcome applications from candidates with secondary expertise in other areas such as community-engaged research methods and disability, health and social policy. Applications from candidates who self identify as members of equity-deserving groups are particularly encouraged and such candidates are encouraged to self identify through our Applicant Diversity Self-ID questionnaire.

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, scholarly research and creative activity (SRC), and service duties while maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Teaching duties will entail teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, supervision of students and curriculum development. The successful candidate will pursue a strong, externally funded innovative research program that produces cutting-edge, impactful, high quality results.

Candidates must hold a doctorate degree in critical disability studies or a closely related field. Candidates who are all-but-dissertation (ABD) and are able to demonstrate that they are very close to completion may also be considered. In addition, candidates must present evidence of the following:

strong emerging scholarly research that is current, innovative, and impactful as evidenced by, but not limited to, peer-reviewed publications, working papers, public policy contributions, presentations at academic conferences, community and professional work, grants, research related awards, and other writing that contributes to the visibility and prominence of the field;
demonstrated potential for teaching excellence at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum and suitability for teaching in a graduate program, as evidenced by a teaching dossier that includes a teaching philosophy statement, experience with course and curriculum review and/or development, examples of best practices in pedagogy, including effective use of classroom technology and any experience with experiential learning, sample syllabi, strong teaching evaluations, teaching awards, and other relevant achievements in teaching;
a commitment to social justice values as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability and commitment to building open access in teaching and learning; and an ability and willingness to contribute to the School of Disability Studies and the University through collegial service.
experience in developing and directing community-engaged experiential learning opportunities.
strong connections to disability, mad and Deaf communities.
Our committee recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Toronto Metropolitan University Faculty Association [TFA] ( The TFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of TFA benefits can be found here.

Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU)

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research, and creative activities, TMU is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement, and city-building through its award-winning architecture.

School of Disability Studies

Our School offers part-time undergraduate education. To learn more about the School of Disability Studies please visit: There are opportunities to participate in graduate programs within the Faculty of Community Services such as Early Childhood Studies (Master’s), Immigration and Settlement Studies (Master’s), Social Work (Master’s), Urban Health (Doctorate). Our faculty prides itself on the excellence of its research, the quality of its teaching and activism and community engagement.

Working at TMU

At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan University is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At TMU and within our department, we firmly believe that equity, diversity, and inclusion are integral to this path; our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Dedicated to a people first culture, TMU is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto Top Employer. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their family, including access to our diverse faculty and staff networks.

Visit us on Twitter: @torontomet, @VPFAtorontomet and @TorontoMetHR, and our LinkedIn page.

TMU is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the accessibility and Human Rights websites.

Toronto Metropolitan University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous-identified peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal [] by clicking on “Start Application Process” to begin. Applications, consisting of the following, must be received by February 1, 2023:

a letter of application that includes a one page research plan;
a curriculum vitae;
a teaching dossier and results of teaching evaluations; and
names of three individuals who may be contacted for references.
Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.


Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to the Director of the School of Disability Studies Esther Ignagni at

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Toronto Metropolitan University are welcome to contact Lynn Lavalee, Strategic Lead, Indigenous Resurgence, Faculty of Community Services and Professor, School of Social Work at They may also contact Tracey King, Miigis Kwe, the Indigenous Human Resources Lead and the Founding Co-Chair of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Community Group at

Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Toronto Metropolitan University are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at

Employees with Disabilities Network:

Positive Space Faculty and Staff Network:

For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact