Assistant Professor - Social and Behavioural Health Sciences; Social Theory University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health Canada

Assistant Professor - Social and Behavioural Health Sciences; Social Theory

Job Field: Tenure Stream

Faculty / Division: Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Department: Public Health, Dalla Lana School of

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)

Job Posting: Jan 29, 2019

Job Closing: Mar 7, 2019, 11:59pm EST


The Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences. The expected start date is July 1, 2019, or shortly thereafter.


The Division of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences seeks an exceptional scholar in social theory as applied to public health with a PhD or an equivalent doctoral degree in social or health science and with expertise in public health by the time of appointment. Candidates must have an excellent record of research that advances and applies the social and behavioural sciences in the field of public health as well as evidence of excellence in teaching related to public health science. In their research, candidates must use a ‘critical’ approach to examine how individual, organizational, social, institutional, political, economic and environmental factors and underlying assumptions influence health, health equity and the fields of health promotion and public health.

We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program in public health. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach courses at the graduate level in social theory as applied to health and advanced research methods; and supervise graduate students in our MPH and PhD programs.


Candidates need to demonstrate the ability to influence policy and practice through the production of scholarship and the effective translation of knowledge. Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence as demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals meeting high international standards, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing. Evidence of the ability to obtain grant funding is required. Priority will be given to those who demonstrate outstanding ability to make significant contributions to research, teaching, and leadership in social science and health at the local, national, and international levels.


Evidence of excellence in teaching can be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, awards and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including a description of the candidate’s experience in teaching, a statement of their teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi and materials, and strong teaching evaluations.


In their cover letter, applicants are asked to specifically address the following: evidence of scholarship within the domain of social and behavioural science as applied to public health; how their substantive domain, theoretical approach and/or methodological expertise expands upon existing expertise of faculty members; which existing courses they have experience to teach; and what new courses they would develop if hired.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Established by Royal Charter in 1827, the University of Toronto is the largest and most prestigious research-intensive university in Canada, located in one of the world's great cities. The University has more than 19,000 faculty and staff, some 73,000 students enrolled across three campuses, an annual budget of $1.8 billion, including $376 million in externally funded research, an additional $469 million in research funding in the affiliated teaching hospitals, and one of the premier research libraries in North America.


The Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH; has an illustrious history that began in the 1920’s and continued with a recent renaissance beginning in 2008 (see synopsis at The most prominent School of Public Health in Canada, the DLSPH now has a roster of over 800 students, and greater than $27 million in annual research expenditures. It houses the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, the Institute for Global Health Equity & Innovation, the new Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, major initiatives related to Healthy Cities, Big Data for Health, Quality Improvement, and Clinical Public Health, partnerships with institutions throughout Toronto that comprise the largest health-science research complex in Canada, alliances with multiple international partners and a central location in one of the most dynamic, multi-ethnic, and cosmopolitan cities in the world.


The mission of the division of Social and Behavioural Sciences is to advance and apply the social and behavioural sciences in the field of public health through the advancement of knowledge on the structures and processes that underlie health and health promotion, illness, premature mortality, injury and disability. We offer a doctoral program in Social and Behavioural Sciences and a professional Master of Public Health in Health Promotion program.


All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy and description of experience teaching, sample syllabi and course materials, and teaching evaluations), up to three sample publications, and a statement outlining current and future research interests. For questions regarding this position, please contact


Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters (signed and on letterhead) directly to Konstantina Kollias, via email to by the closing date.


All application materials, including letters of reference, must be received on or before March 7, 2019.


Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.


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, LGBTQ 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


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

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