Teaching Stream Professorship in Book and Media Studies: Marshall McLuhan and Print Culture

Closed for Applications

The University of St. Michael’s College, federated with the University of Toronto, seeks to be Canada’s leading English-speaking Catholic University. The University is dedicated to the pursuit and sharing of knowledge for its own sake and is committed to the study of the Catholic intellectual tradition within the context of faith and to fostering the creative engagement of that tradition with the widest range of academic disciplines as well as other traditions both religious and secular.

The Book & Media Studies Program, sponsored by the University of St. Michael’s College, offers both major and minor programs of study within the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Science. It provides students with an opportunity to study within an interdisciplinary undergraduate program focusing on the history and theory of books, print culture, broadcasting, and electronic and digital media.

The University of St. Michael’s College seeks applicants for an appointment in this program, at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, for a 14-month period beginning May 1, 2021, with teaching responsibilities beginning in the 2021 Summer Session. Applicants must have a PhD in an appropriate discipline and must be prepared to teach courses — 6 per academic year — on the ideas and legacies of Marshall McLuhan, Media Ecology, Media Ethics, Media Semiotics, and have expertise in digital, electronic, and print cultures. The successful candidate should also have relevant teaching experience, publications in the area, and a strong professional network in relevant fields.

As this is a Teaching Stream position, proven experience in innovative teaching (e.g. online, virtual reality, experiential learning, including leveraging urban space as classroom, etc.) and successful teaching-related grant applications are assets. The successful candidate should also have demonstrated experience in academic administration and co-curricular student engagement (including student-oriented events, clubs, and projects).

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted by email to usmc.principalsoffice@utoronto.ca by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 21, 2021, and include the following:

  1. An application letter, with particular emphasis on teaching interests and pedagogy;
  2. A curriculum vitae, including a list of past courses taught;
  3. Evidence of excellence in teaching (e.g. course evaluation statistics and/or syllabi);
  4. A sample of academic writing (e.g. an article or a chapter of a book/dissertation no more than 25 pages long);
  5. The names of three referees who can attest to your teaching competence in the fields required by the position.

Questions about the position and applications may be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Prof. Mark McGowan, Principal and Vice-President, University of St Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, at mark.mcgowan@utoronto.ca. For further information about St. Michael’s College and its programs, please see https://stmikes.utoronto.ca/academics/programs.


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

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

The University of St. Michael’s College 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, LBGTQ persons, people who take a religiously informed view of human experience, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas. If you require accessibility accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Officer at 416-926-7118 or hr.stmikes@utoronto.ca

  • Start Date
    May 1, 2021
  • Department
    Office of the Principal