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Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)

Job category Junior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS Metaphysics
AOS categories Metaphysics
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Start date July 1st, 2023
Job description

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada, and on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoplesthe Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts at Toronto Metropolitan University [TMU] (formerly Ryerson University) invites applications for a tenure- track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1st, 2023 (subject to final budgetary approval). 

Area of Specialization: Metaphysics
Area of Competence: Open

Applications from candidates who self-identify as belonging to an under-represented or equity-deserving group in the discipline of Philosophy are particularly encouraged, and such candidates are also encouraged to self-identify through our Applicant Diversity Self-ID questionnaire.

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, scholarly, research, or creative activity, and service duties, while maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Teaching duties will include teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, the supervision of students, and curriculum development. The standard teaching load is two courses in the Fall semester and two courses in the Winter semester. The successful candidate will pursue a strong, innovative research program that produces cutting-edge, high-quality results. The successful candidate will participate in the academic life of the Department of Philosophy, and the wider university community, through service activities.

Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in Philosophy by the appointment date. 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: 

  • excellence in research (relative to career stage), which may include: a robust research agenda; peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations in respected scholarly venues; strong letters of reference from well-established scholars; contributions to conference/symposia proceedings; book reviews; published reviews of the candidate’s work; other forms of scholarly expression, such as participation in public discourse and debate and non-peer-reviewed publications, which constitute a contribution to research; and awards, accolades, and other forms of recognition in the field; 
  • potential for teaching excellence at all levels, including the capacity to supervise undergraduate and graduate students (through a teaching dossier that includes the following items, as applicable: a statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, teaching evaluations, and records of other relevant achievements in teaching); 
  • an ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the Philosophy Department and the wider university through collegial service; and
  • a commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as they pertain to service, teaching, and scholarly, research, or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population. 

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 Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA 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 focussed 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. 

Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy consists of twenty-one tenured or tenure-stream faculty members, and offers undergraduate and graduate (Master’s) programs to students from diverse backgrounds. Our faculty prides itself on the excellence of its research, the quality of its teaching and community engagement, the pluralism of its approach to philosophy, and its collegial work environment. 

We are interested in candidates who will contribute to our Department through an active research program, a commitment to effective teaching, and dedicated service to the Department, the wider university community, and the profession.

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’s 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 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 [https://hr.cf.ryerson.ca/ams/faculty/] by clicking on “Start Application Process” to begin. Applications should include the following components, which should be submitted by no later than December 1st, 2022.

Candidates: please include these items, in the following orderas a single PDF document

  • a letter of application; 
  • a curriculum vitae; 
  • a statement of the candidate’s research program, including plans for dissemination; 
  • a teaching dossier that includes the following items, as applicable: a statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, teaching evaluations, and records of other relevant achievements in teaching; and
  • two writing samples.

In addition, candidates must arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be submitted here: https://forms.gle/GNtzYEUydq5cY6vr7. Candidates: please share this link with your reference letter writers or dossier service. Names of further references may be requested at a later stage in the selection process.

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.

(Note: exceptions to this prioritization may apply for citizens of the United States and Mexico under the provisions of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, and for citizens of Chile under the provisions of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement. Exceptions to this prioritization may also apply to candidates who are fluent in French.)


Confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to the Chair of the Departmental Hiring Committee, Dr. Klaas J. Kraay ([email protected]). 

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Toronto Metropolitan University are welcome to contact Hayden King, Advisor to the Dean of Arts, Indigenous Education ([email protected]). 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 [email protected] 

Black-identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Dr. Mélanie Knight, Advisor to the Dean of Arts, Blackness and Black Diasporic Education at [email protected]. They may also contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at  [email protected].  

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 our Senior HR Partner, Jeff Pabillar, at [email protected]

How to apply
Application type Online
On the website listed below, please upload these items *in the following order*, and *as a single PDF document*: (a) a letter of application; (b) a curriculum vitae; (c) a statement of the candidate’s research program, including plans for dissemination; (d) a teaching dossier that includes the following items, as applicable: a statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, teaching evaluations, and records of other relevant achievements in teaching; and (e) two writing samples. In addition, candidates must arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be submitted to this website: https://forms.gle/GNtzYEUydq5cY6vr7. Candidates: please share this link with your reference letter writers or dossier service.
Web address to apply https://hr.cf.ryerson.ca/ams/faculty/preview.cfm?p...
Hard deadline December 1, 2022, 11:59pm EST
Web address for more information https://hr.cf.ryerson.ca/ams/faculty/preview.cfm?p...
Contact name Klaas Kraay
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Time created October 17, 2022, 7:14pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date December 1, 2022, 11:59pm EST
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