Assistant Professor – Contractual Limited Term Appointment – Urban Innovation

University of Toronto

Assistant Professor – Contractual Limited Term Appointment – Urban Innovation

  • Institution: University of Toronto
  • Institution Type: Four-Year/Advanced Degree (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)
  • Location: Mississauga, Ontario

Assistant Professor – Contractual Limited Term Appointment – Urban Innovation

  • University of Toronto | Mississauga, Ontario
  • Hourglass IconJob Post Expiration: November 05, 2023
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Job TitleAssistant Professor – Contractual Limited Term Appointment – Urban Innovation

Position TypeFull Time

Job Category Faculty

Salary Range -

Location Mississauga, Ontario

Application Deadline November 20, 2023

Contact Information

Contact Name Patrice Lee

Department -


Phone CA +1 (647) 929-5154

Job Description

Date Posted: 09/19/2023
Closing Date: 11/20/2023, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 33747
Job Category: Faculty – Contractually Limited Term Appointment
Faculty/Division: University of Toronto Mississauga
Department: UTM: Inst. for Management & Innovation
Campus: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)


The Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI) at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invites applications for a 2-year contractually limited term appointment (CLTA) position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Urban Innovation. The appointment is anticipated to begin July 1, 2024.

Candidates must have earned a PhD degree in urban studies, economic geography, political science, planning or a related field by the appointment date or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research and teach and contribute to – the Master of Urban Innovation (MUI), which focuses on urban economic development, community capacity building, innovation management, local and regional governance, and the social sustainability of urban economies. Applicants must be comfortable with applied and experiential learning approaches in the classroom, including managing client-based capstone projects and have the ability to teach in two or more of the following areas: social sustainability of cities, urban and regional economic development, urban politics and governance, and urban sustainability. Preference will be given to candidates that have a record of community engagement, applied professional experience, and some teaching in a professional degree program.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at academic conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements from referees of high scholarly standing.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier (with required materials outlined below) submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to building IMI’s strong culture of professional graduate education and experiential, practice-based and applied learning.  Overall, the successful candidate’s research and teaching expertise will align with MUI’s goals, including training our students to develop a deeper understanding of the critical connections between urban innovation, urban politics and governance, the challenge of achieving equitable and inclusive growth, and avoiding the pitfalls of precarious employment in innovation-driven urban economies.

The Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI) encourages collaboration and empowers transformational, inter-disciplinary  thinking to combine and share knowledge and discover new and better solutions to the world’s wicked problems. IMI’s faculty are world class scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including management, political science, economics, planning, geography, and chemistry. IMI is home to UTM’s professional graduate and undergraduate education programs, which aim to develop innovation-focused leaders who will contribute to creating a more sustainable world. IMI’s interdisciplinary programs blend business, natural/physical sciences, and social sciences, and are distinctive in their focus on experiential and applied learning. IMI faculty members contribute to graduate programs including: Master of Forensic Accounting (MFAcc); Master of Management of Innovation (MMI); Master of Management & Professional Accounting (MMPA); Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM); Master of Biotechnology (MBiotech); and Master of Urban Innovation (MUI); and undergraduate programs including: Minor in Business, Science, and Entrepreneurship, and the Certificate in Global Sustainability. IMI is home to the BigDataAIHUB, UTM’s business incubator, the ICUBE, and delivers impactful executive education programs through IMIx.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to participate in research and professional development initiatives, have an opportunity to engage in UofT and IMI-wide programming, and affiliate with one or more Institutional Strategic Initiatives such as the School of Cities, the Mobility Network, or the Data Sciences Institute.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

At UTM we are committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion. With an enviable diverse student body, we especially welcome applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, Black, or racially visible (persons of colour), and who have experience working with teaching or mentoring diverse groups or students. Candidates must demonstrate, in their application materials, an ability to foster diversity on campus and within the curriculum or discipline, and must show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial environment. Candidates must submit a statement describing their contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities; efforts undertaken to develop inclusive pedagogies, collaboration, and engagement with underrepresented communities; and mentoring of students from underrepresented groups. If you have questions about this statement, please contact Dr. Shauna Brail, Director, IMI at:

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking on the link below. Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests, a statement on equity and diversity, up to 3 representative article-length publications, and a teaching dossier that includes a teaching statement, teaching evaluations and representative course materials supporting evidence of teaching quality and experience.

Applicants must also provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of references from each referee the dayafter an application is submitted. Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date. More details on the automatic reference letter collection, including timelines, are available in the candidate FAQ

All materials must be received by November 20, 2023 (no email applications will be accepted). Any inquiries about the application should be sent to the Institute for Management & Innovation at: Application materials must be submitted online. Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS word files in the following format:

Research statement, teaching dossier (including teaching statement and teaching evaluations), equity and diversity statement.
Sample publications
Submission guidelines can be found at:


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


Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.


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.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact

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