Chair, Department of English [Internal Search]

Arts, English

Posted: November 21, 2022
Deadline to Apply: Monday, December 5, 2022


Applications are invited for the position of Chair, Department of English, in the Faculty of Arts. This appointment will be for a term of five years (subject to extension in year 3), commencing July 1, 2023, with the possibility of renewal for an additional three or five-year term. 

The duties and responsibilities of Department Chair are laid out in detail in article 26.1.E. of the Faculty Association Collective Agreement. Reporting to the Dean, the Chair is responsible for providing academic and administrative leadership in respect of (but not limited to) teaching; the development and delivery of the undergraduate and graduate curricula and programs; creating a fair, equitable, inclusive and supportive environment for student learning and engagement; supporting faculty involvement in scholarly, research and creative activity; stewardship of the human and financial resources of the Department; representing the Department in the University; and liaison with the profession and community. The Chair will facilitate a collegial, interactive environment nurturing the best qualities and achievements of all students, faculty and staff. Teaching is a requirement of the position. They will also be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the University’s equity, diversity and inclusion priorities and initiatives within the Department.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in English (or a related field) and shall be a tenured faculty member by the date of appointment. The candidate must present evidence of: 

  • relevant knowledge and skills in academic and administrative leadership;  
  • experience with university teaching, curriculum development, excellent pedagogical practices and student engagement; 
  • an active scholarship of research or creative activity; 
  • an ability to mentor junior faculty; 
  • an ability to promote the Department across the University and within the industry/profession; 
  • experience in developing strategic partnerships; and
  • demonstrated commitment to implementing equity, diversity and inclusion practices and policies in research, teaching, and administration, among colleagues, staff and students.


How to Apply

Applications and curriculum vitae should be submitted to the attention of Dr. Pamela Sugiman, Dean, Faculty of Arts via email to by no later than 4:00 p.m., December 5, 2022. The application must contain the following: 

  • a letter of application; 
  • a curriculum vitae; and 
  • a statement outlining a proposed five-year plan, including your vision for the Department that builds on the existing strengths of the programs and what you believe the responsibilities of the Chair will entail and how you can best accomplish them. 

Any inquiries pertaining to the Chair search may be sent to Dr. Pamela Sugiman, Dean, at

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Equity at Toronto Metropolitan University 

At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

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, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 


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