Assistant Professor - Environmental Anthropology - University of Toronto Scarborough

Date Posted: 
juin 23, 2023
Closing Date: 
août 10, 2023

Req ID: 31629
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: University of Toronto Scarborough
Department: UTSC: Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences
Campus: University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)


The Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invite applications for a full-time tenure stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment will be a joint appointment between the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences (51%) and the Department of Anthropology (49%), with an expected start date of July 1, 2024, or shortly thereafter.

This search aligns with the University’s commitment to strategically and proactively promote diversity among our community members (Statement on Equity, Diversity & Excellence). Recognizing that Black, Indigenous, and other Racialized communities have experienced inequities that have developed historically and are ongoing, we strongly welcome and encourage candidates from those communities to apply.

In addition, the University of Toronto Scarborough is implementing a new Strategic Plan: Inspiring Inclusive Excellence. Consistent with the values and objectives in that plan, we especially welcome candidates who self-identify as Indigenous or those who have lived experience in Black or other racialized (persons of colour) communities. This position is part of a cohort of similar faculty searches in Anthropology, Arts, Culture & Media, Biological Sciences, Health & Society, Historical & Cultural Studies, Language Studies, Management, Political Science, and Sociology. New colleagues will have the opportunity to be connected with previous cohorts of faculty from under-represented groups, including those hired through targeted efforts in the last three years in departments spanning the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

The successful candidate must have earned a PhD in Environmental Sciences and/or Environmental Anthropology (or a closely related discipline) by the time of appointment and have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching with an emphasis on working closely with Indigenous peoples. We seek candidates who have some experience working within North America and who have a commitment to pursuing ongoing field research in Canada and/or the United States. Candidates must have expertise in at least three of the following areas: (1) the impact of human beings on climate change; (2) the use of fire regimes to manage biodiversity; (3) formation mechanisms, succession patterns, and carbon accumulation in wetlands; (4) an understanding of how settler / colonial relations have impacted environmental policy; and (5) expertise in methods of analysis related to sediments, landscape geomorphology, and/or paleoenvironmental reconstruction.

The successful candidate will contribute courses in both Environmental Sciences and Anthropology. They 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 also be committed to the highest standard of pedagogy at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Research excellence will be demonstrated by a combination of record of publications in top-ranked and field-relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, evidence of external funding, well-developed research ideas for future research as outlined in 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 (with required materials outlined below) submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference.

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 must also show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and to the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment, as demonstrated through the application materials. Candidates are also asked to submit a 1- to 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. The statement should describe how the candidate’s lived experience has influenced their understanding of and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI), the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment, as well as examples of how it is reflected in their research or teaching.

The appointment is at the University of Toronto Scarborough, which is a research-intensive campus with a commitment to interdisciplinary research, a multicultural student body, and a modern campus. The University offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach, and live in one of the most diverse cities of the world. The successful candidate will be a member of the tri-campus Graduate Departments of Physical & Environmental Sciences and Anthropology. At the University of Toronto Scarborough, the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences is a multidisciplinary unit comprised of four primary groups: Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies and Physics & Astronomy, and the Department of Anthropology includes faculty members with interests in archaeology, socio-cultural, linguistic and evolutionary anthropology. For more information about the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences, please visit and for more information about the Department of Anthropology, please visit

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by August 10, 2023.

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