Assistant Professor, Tenure Stream - Critical Disability and Health Equity Studies - Physical Therapy

  • University of Toronto, Physical Therapy Department
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Sep 15, 2022
Full time Health Sciences/OT/PT/Kinesiology

Job Description



The Department of Physical Therapy, in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the field of Critical Disability and Health Equity Studies. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence on July 1, 2023, or shortly thereafter.

The successful candidate will have a focus on Critical Disability and Health Equity research and scholarship and will contribute to teaching the socio-political, cultural and ethical (SPEC) dimensions of physical therapy and rehabilitation within the Department.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

The successful candidate must have earned a PhD in Critical Disability Studies, Equity Studies or other critical social science field in a related area (for example: critical race, Indigenous studies, critical rehabilitation science, anthropology, or health sociology). Candidates with strong training/experience in community-based research and equity/anti-oppression work are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate must have a minimum of one year additional experience in the critical disability or health equity field (e.g., post-doctoral fellowship, research, scholarship, or work experience).  We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths. The successful candidate will be expected to establish and pursue an innovative, independent and competitively funded program of research.

The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of excellence in research, innovative scholarship and teaching. Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.

Excellence in research will be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field-relevant journals, a growing record of attracting funding as principal or co-principal investigator or a demonstrated commitment to pursue grants and secure a self-funded research program, presentations at significant conferences consistent with career stage, awards, and accolades, as well as a research statement outlining the candidate’s research program and plans.  Strong endorsements from referees of high standing are required. Evidence of excellence in research will also be provided through other forms of scholarly and creative professional activities and outputs, for example, community engagement, co-creation of knowledge, arts-based contributions, and contributions to policy and social change.

Excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through the teaching dossier, including a strong statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi or other teaching materials, and teaching evaluations or other evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities submitted as part of the application, as well as strong endorsements by referees. Other teaching-related activities can include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, or student mentorship.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The latest Times Higher Education ranks the University of Toronto among the top 5 universities in the world for health sciences. Spanning the basic, clinical and rehabilitation sciences, the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals and research institutes form one of the largest research enterprises in North America. The Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) is one of the top five clusters of academic medicine in North America.

The University of Toronto provides the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. The University is fully affiliated with nine teaching hospitals and is affiliated with 28 community hospitals, research institutes and health care institutions, and enjoys partnerships with many cognate departments and community organizations. For more information about the Department of Physical Therapy, please visit our website

Application Details

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below.

 All application materials must be submitted online and include:

  • Cover letter;
  • Current curriculum vitae;
  • Research statement outlining current and future research interests related to the description above;
  • One recent first author article-length publication;
  • Teaching dossier, including statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi or other teaching materials, and teaching evaluations or evidence of superior performance in other teaching-related activities as listed above;
  • A short statement on your contributions to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility (250 words or less);
  • The name and contact information of three references.  The University of Toronto's recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each once an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters, on letterhead, dated, signed, and addressed to the Department Chair, Dr. Susan Jaglal, by the closing date.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by 11:59pm EDT on November 15, 2022. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Submission guidelines can be found at: If you have questions about this position, please contact Traci Peggie at

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.

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Application Deadline

November 15, 2022, 11:59pm EDT