Tenure Track Position in Global Migration and Inequality

Arts, Politics & Public Admin

Posted: November 13, 2023
Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, January 31, 2024

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 Department of Politics and Public Administration in the Faculty of Arts at Toronto Metropolitan University [www.torontomu.ca] (formerly Ryerson University) invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor effective July 01, 2024 subject to final budgetary approval. Applications from candidates who self-identify as members of an equity-deserving group are particularly encouraged and such candidates are encouraged to self-identify through our Applicant Diversity Self-ID questionnaire. This position is open only to candidates who meet the Tri-Council definition of Early Career Researcher (ECR), which is detailed on the Canada Research Coordinating Committee web page. 

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 entail teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, supervision of students and/or curriculum development. As a member of the Migrant Integration in Mid-21st Century: Bridging Divides (BD) Research Program, the successful candidate will pursue a strong, innovative research program in one or more of the program’s broad thematic areas: Health and Wellbeing; Employment and Lifelong Learning; Place and Infrastructure; or Citizenship and Participation. Candidates can learn more about the themes in more detail on the Bridging Divides web page.

Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in Political Science, International Relations, Migration Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Refugee Studies, Diaspora Studies, Policy Studies or a closely related field by the appointment date. Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of migration are welcome. This hire is a very important step in fostering key research and pedagogy that will advance our understanding, provide opportunities for public dialogue, and when appropriate suggest concrete actions on this major issue in both the Canadian and international spaces. The Department is particularly interested in scholars engaged in the study of social inequalities that emerge and/or are reinforced within any of the aspects of migration that relate to the thematic areas mentioned above. Scholars using all methodological approaches are welcome to apply. Candidates should be able to teach general courses in one or more of the subfields of political science (Canadian politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, public policy and administration, and methods) in addition to more specialized courses on migration.

In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of: 

  • 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 discipline;
  • demonstrated potential for teaching and supervision excellence at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum and suitability for teaching in related graduate programs;
  • commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and 
  • an ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the Department of Politics and Public Administration and the University through collegial service.  

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 Faculty Association (TFA) [www.tfanet.ca]. Visit us at www.torontomu.ca/faculty-affairs to view the TFA collective agreement and a  summary of TFA benefits [https://www.torontomu.ca/human-resources/tfa-full-time-ltf/].


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. 

TMU offers an outstanding institutional environment to pursue the study of migration, including the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration, the Toronto Metropolitan Centre for Immigration and Settlement, and research initiatives such as a 7-year $98,000,000 Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) for the initiative Migrant Integration in the Mid-21st Century: Bridging Divides, and the Partnership Project Urban Sanctuary, Migrant Solidarity and Hospitality in Global Perspective. It is also home to the Master program in Immigration and Settlement Studies offered by the free-standing interdisciplinary graduate program, the Immigration and Settlement Graduate Program. Our new colleague will be able to connect with, and grow along, a strong academic community premised on a multi-disciplinary approach to the discipline.

Department of Politics and Public Administration

Our Department offers undergraduate and graduate programs to over 700 undergraduate and 40 graduate students of diverse backgrounds. The Department and its faculty are involved in many interdisciplinary graduate programs in Arts and the university, including the Toronto Metropolitan Centre for Immigration and Settlement. Our faculty prides itself on the excellence of its research, the quality of its teaching and community engagement. We are interested in candidates who will contribute to our existing strengths in research/creativity activity and teaching through academic, professional and diverse lived experiences and perspectives. 

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/school, 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 rank number one on the Forbes list of Canada’s Best Employers for Diversity. 

We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty, 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, consisting of the following, must be received by January 31, 2024:

  • a letter of application; 
  • a curriculum vitae; 
  • a statement of research interests and future research trajectory;
  • a copy of two written outputs representative of the candidates’ research or work;
  • a teaching dossier which should include: a teaching philosophy statement, course and curriculum review and/or development, examples of best practices in pedagogy, including effective use of classroom technology (if applicable) and any experience with experiential learning, sample syllabi, teaching evaluations, teaching and/or leadership awards, and other relevant achievements in teaching.


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 Departmental Hiring Committee Chair, Professor Mitu Sengupta at sengupta@torontomu.ca

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 at hayden.king@torontomu.ca, and Pamela Palmater, Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance, Department of Politics and Public Administration at ppalmater@torontomu.ca

Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at TMU are welcome to contact Dr. Mélanie Knight, Advisor to the Dean of Arts, Blackness and Black Diasporic Education at melanie.knight@torontomu.ca 

Candidates who belong to one or more of the equity-deserving groups recognized at TMU are welcome to connect with Ahmed Ahmed [a.ahmed@torontomu.ca], Interim Executive Director, Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion

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 vpfa@torontomu.ca

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