Sep 202019

The Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto (St. George Campus), invites applications for one full-time teaching stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the area of Indigenous Language Documentation and Revitalization in languages spoken in North America, preferably in Canada. The appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2020.

Applicants must have at least a Masters degree in Linguistics, or a related discipline, in the area of Indigenous Language Documentation and Revitalization in languages spoken in North America, preferably Canada by the time of appointment. A PhD in Linguistics or related discipline by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter is preferred. Qualified candidates must possess a strong record of teaching that highlights Indigenous languages and training students in working with communities, fieldwork methodology, technology that is critical for successful language documentation and revitalization, as well as a record of working within Indigenous communities on language documentation and revitalization.

Responsibilities include teaching large and small undergraduate courses. Experience in teaching-related scholarly activities is required and must include: (i) working with Indigenous communities in the area of language documentation and revitalization, and (ii) working on discipline-related teaching methodologies and practice, curriculum development and implementation. Candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and the demonstrated ability to become a leader in enhancing undergraduate education in Indigenous language documentation and revitalization.

The successful applicant must have experience as a course instructor, a record of excellence in teaching, pedagogical inquiry, and teaching-related activities such as curriculum development and student mentoring, and a demonstrated interest in teaching-related scholarly activity in Indigenous language documentation and revitalization. Evidence of excellence in teaching and pedagogy will be demonstrated by strong letters of reference, teaching evaluations, and the teaching dossier, to include a teaching statement and sample syllabi, submitted as part of the application. The successful applicant must also have demonstrated engagement with Indigenous communities, preferably in Canada, as demonstrated by collaborations within Indigenous communities and with other researchers who work with similar communities.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous. Recognizing that there are a variety of terms that potential candidates may use to self-identify, the University uses the term “Indigenous” in this search, which forms part of the U of T Response to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to encompass the people of Turtle Island, including those who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuk (Inuit), Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian people.

Applicants must submit a cover letter of no more than 2 single-spaced pages, curriculum vitae, and a statement outlining current and future teaching-related scholarly interests related to language documentation and revitalization, community engagement, documentation and/or revitalization materials. The application must also include a teaching dossier with a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, and teaching evaluations.

The candidate must also arrange for three signed letters of reference on letterhead, preferably as PDF documents, to be sent directly by the referees to Prof. Sali A. Tagliamonte via email to with the subject line: “Indigenous Languages – (your full name)” by the job closing date. At least one of these referees must emphasize the researcher’s engagement on collaborative projects with relevant communities.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be submitted online by November 4th, 2019.

Submission guidelines can be found at We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format as follows: (1) Cover letter, CV, and statement of interests; (2) Teaching dossier.

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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.