Published on January 15, 2021

The Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice (ISTEP) in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto, invites applications for a continuing teaching stream appointment, specializing in the instruction of communication to engineering students. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.

ISTEP seeks applications from individuals with expertise in postsecondary instruction of communication within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Applicants must have a PhD in English, Technical Communication, Engineering or a related field at the time of appointment or shortly thereafter, combined with at least 4 years of teaching experience, or a Master’s degree in one of these or related fields alongside extensive teaching experience (10 years). Candidates must have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and a demonstrated commitment to pedagogical excellence within an undergraduate degree granting program in a variety of educational settings, including lectures, tutorials, groups, and one-on-one. The applicant will have successfully integrated the instruction of written, oral, and visual communication principles within STEM (and especially engineering) related projects, courses, and curricula. Additionally, candidates must demonstrate commitment to Communication-Integrated Teaching and Learning or Writing in the Disciplines pedagogy, an interest in teaching-related scholarly activities, and an engagement with the relevant professional communities of practice. We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths.

Experience designing and delivering instruction to help English professional language development for multilingual students will be considered an asset. Experience in graduate level writing and communication instruction, particularly in genres such as proposals, research articles, and theses would also be beneficial to the application. Additionally, experience in the integration of additional transdisciplinary competencies such as team skills, leadership, ethics and equity, lifelong learning and other CEAB graduate attributes is preferred.

Evidence of excellence in teaching communication, engineering education, curricular development and pedagogical inquiry will be demonstrated within the application through: 1) a CV and cover letter documenting experience including teaching accomplishments, awards and accolades, and presentations at significant conferences; 2) a teaching dossier, including a strong statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi and course materials, and teaching evaluations; and 3) letters of reference from referees of high standing endorsing excellent teaching and commitment to teaching innovation. The successful applicant will teach in multiple courses across all years and multiple programs and will contribute to the ongoing integration of communication across Engineering’s undergraduate curricula. 

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering offers opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching, and the excitement of working with a diverse student population. Established in 1873, the Faculty of Engineering has earned an international reputation for

excellence in education and knowledge creation and is known as a forward-thinking resource to address global concerns. As the economic and intellectual hub of Canada, Toronto provides access to leading policy and decision makers at all levels, and is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and safe city. For more information about the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, please visit:

The Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice (ISTEP) is U of T Engineering’s newest extra-departmental unit and the first institute of its kind in Canada. Bringing together the strengths of several U of T Engineering programs in leadership, technical communication and entrepreneurship, ISTEP is an innovator and leader in pedagogical innovation and transdisciplinary engineering education:

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online. Application materials must include:

  1. A cover letter; 2. A detailed curriculum vitae; 3. A teaching dossier including a teaching statement, sample syllabi and course materials, and teaching evaluations, and; 4. At least three confidential letters of reference. 

Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references. At least one reference must primarily address the candidate’s teaching. Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee to the hiring unit via email at by the closing date (on letterhead, dated, and signed).

Submission guidelines can be found at

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by the closing date of February 16, 2021. Apply here.

Diversity Statement 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

Accessibility Statement The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

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