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 Assistant Professor – Innovation and Public Policy
Institution/Organization: University of Toronto
Job Location: Canada
Job Type: Tenure-Track
Contact Person: Amanda Martin
Date Posted: September 9th, 2021
Closing Date: October 11th, 2021
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The Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Innovation and Public Policy. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2022.

Candidates must have earned a PhD in any social science discipline related to innovation by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter, with a clearly demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. The field of innovation studies includes the interaction of innovation, growth, security, equity and prosperity, relevant government policy-making, and science-based initiatives. Within the broad field of innovation studies, the successful candidate will be pursuing research related to Science, Technology and Public Policy; Big Data and Public Policy; and/or the consequences of innovation-based economies.

The successful candidate must have a demonstrable interest in policy development and engagement and will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level; to establish an outstanding, competitive, externally-funded research program. The Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy is home to the Innovation Policy Lab, and we particularly welcome applicants whose research integrates with its resources and global network.

We welcome applicants whose research can integrate the ample opportunities for collaboration within the Munk School and across the University of Toronto. The Munk School seeks a scholar whose research and teaching interests can complement and enhance one or more of our existing strengths, which include the Political Economy of Innovation, the Digital World, The Changing World Order, and the Future of Democratic Societies.

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

Evidence of excellence in teaching may be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, through the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including a teaching statement, sample course materials, teaching evaluations, and through endorsements of teaching in strong letters of reference.

The successful candidate will teach courses in both of the Munk School’s professional graduate programs (the Master of Global Affairs and the Master of Public Policy) to students from a wide range of academic backgrounds and interests. The successful candidate must be able to teach courses in innovation and technology policy. The successful candidate will have experience or demonstrable interest in a professional school and/or in an interdisciplinary environment.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

For more information about the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto St. George campus, please visit our home page at:

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; research paper or other writing sample; teaching dossier (including a teaching statement and sample course materials and teaching evaluations); and a research statement outlining current and future research interests. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1‐2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three referees. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each after an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date.

Submission guidelines can be found at Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine any additional application materials into one or two files PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by October 11, 2021.

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

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, LGBTQ2S+ 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.

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

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