Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - Contractually Limited Term Appointment (CLTA)

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a Contractually Limited Term Appointment (CLTA) in the area of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream for a two-year term, beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2021.

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology or in a related field by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter. We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and strengthen the programs in the Department: Candidates must have teaching expertise in a degree granting program at the undergraduate level, including lecture preparation and delivery, development of innovative labs and course materials in ecology and evolution, and development of online materials/lectures. Additionally, candidates must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellent, novel, and impactful pedagogical methods and a demonstrated interest in teaching-related scholarly activities.

Evidence of excellence in teaching and pedagogical inquiry can be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, grants, awards, and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including a strong statement of teaching philosophy and pedagogical research interests, sample syllabi, course materials (lecture slides, lab manuals), teaching evaluations, and a demonstration of a commitment to collaboration or engagement with the broader community of teaching. Also required are strong letters of reference from referees of high standing highlighting excellence in teaching and long-term commitment to pedagogical inquiry and teaching innovation, particularly in the context of courses with large enrolments.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach core courses, primarily upper-year courses, across a range of subjects within ecology and evolutionary biology. Responsibilities may include undergraduate teaching, managing and training teaching assistants, developing course materials including ongoing development of course laboratory exercises, and curriculum development. In addition, the successful candidate will have some responsibility for departmental administration and may have opportunities for student supervision, e.g. undergraduate research projects. The successful candidate must also possess strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues on our undergraduate courses and programs.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Toronto is a leading academic institution with over 60 faculty members specializing in ecology and evolution. Strong links exist between the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Royal Ontario Museum, the Department of Cell and Systems Biology, the Centre for Global Change Science, and groups with provincial and federal government agencies. The University owns a nearby field station (the Koffler Scientific Reserve) dedicated to ecological research that provides opportunities for field courses and undergraduate research, in addition to field courses we conduct at many other locations within Canada and internationally. Toronto is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, one of the most desirable in the world in which to work and live.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, and a complete teaching dossier to include a statement of teaching philosophy and pedagogical research interests, sample syllabi, course materials (lecture slides, lab manuals), teaching evaluations, as well as evidence of a demonstrated commitment to collaboration or engagement with the broader community of teaching.

Applicants must also arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation (signed and on letterhead), including at least one primarily addressing the candidate’s teaching, sent directly by the referee to Professor Donald Jackson, Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto by email to by the closing date.

Submission guidelines can be found at We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Liz Rentzelos at or (416) 946-3340. For further information on the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, please visit our website at

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by January 8, 2019.

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

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.