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Assistant Professor, Archaeology of the African Diaspora

University of Toronto, Department of Anthropology
Toronto (City), Ontario (CA)
Closing date
Oct 6, 2022

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Assistant Professor - Archaeology of the African Diaspora

Date Posted: 08/29/2022
Closing Date: 10/06/2022, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 26083
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Dept of Anthropology
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the Archaeology of the African Diaspora. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, and it will be a joint appointment, with 75% of the position in the Department of Anthropology and 25% of the position in either Centre for Caribbean Studies, or Victoria College dependent on the successful hire's area of expertise. The expected start date is July 1, 2023.
Applicants must have earned a PhD in Anthropology or Archaeology by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, and have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. Areas of expertise may include: plantation societies, or other enslavement contexts, in the Caribbean or North America; maroon societies; the material culture of enslavement and/or post-emancipation life; more historically recent African diasporic communities; Caribbean Studies; and community-engaged archaeology. We especially welcome applications from individuals who prioritize the diversification of the field of archaeology through their teaching, research, and background; and/or have lived experience related to the African diaspora.
The successful candidate will join two vibrant intellectual communities. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and enhance existing strengths in the participating units. Applicants are encouraged to review the faculty research and academic programs in the Department of Anthropology, the Centre for Caribbean Studies and Victoria College, Material Culture and Semiotics. Applicants may also want to learn more about University of Toronto’s dynamic Archaeology Centre. Candidates will be expected to lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.
Excellence in research will be demonstrated through published or forthcoming papers in top-ranked and field-relevant academic journals, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, invited lectures, research grants, accolades, or awards, and strong endorsements by referees of high stature.
Evidence for excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching awards and accomplishments appropriate to applicant’s stage of career, strong letters of reference, and a teaching dossier that includes a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations.
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 through the application materials.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications must include a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a recent article or chapter-length writing sample, a research statement outlining current and future research interests, and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations, as well as a statement of contributions to equity and diversity (as outlined below).
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. 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, a discussion of how an applicant’s lived experience shaped their approach to research or teaching, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.
Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three referees. Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference (on letterhead, dated, and signed) sent directly by the referee via email with the Subject line “Archaeology of the African Diaspora” to by October 6, 2022.  PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.
Submission guidelines can be found at: 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 format. If you have questions about this position, please contact Professor Holly Wardlow, at
All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by October 6, 2022.

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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The University of Toronto is a large, three-campus institution in a vibrant, multiethnic city and has a very diverse student population. The Department of Anthropology is also a diverse, five-field unit, with 24 full-time faculty at the St. George campus and 43 graduate faculty across the three campuses.

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