Assistant Professor in Business Law
University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Assistant Professor - Business Law

Date Posted: 09/09/2021
Closing Date: 11/09/2021, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 14062
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Law
Department: Faculty of Law
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto invites applications from outstanding scholars for a full-time tenure stream position in law at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position will commence July 1, 2022, or shortly thereafter. 

The successful candidate’s field of study should complement the research and teaching specialties of the Faculty. We seek candidates with expertise in Business Law, including Bankruptcy/Insolvency Law, Commercial Law, Competition Law, Corporate Law, Securities Regulation, and Secured Transactions. We encourage diverse and interdisciplinary approaches to law.

Candidates must hold a J.D. or equivalent degree. Applicants with a doctoral degree are preferred. Applicants must demonstrate excellence in research and teaching. 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.

Excellence in research is evidenced primarily by a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, significant work in progress, presentations at conferences, academic awards and accolades, and strong letters of reference from referees of high standing. Excellence in teaching may be demonstrated by a record of strong teaching, teaching accomplishments, and the teaching dossier, including a teaching statement, sample course 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, student mentorship, or excellent conference presentations or posters. For those candidates invited for a campus visit, a presentation will be required that will demonstrate the candidate’s excellence in teaching. 

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

The University of Toronto is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to research and teaching. The Faculty of Law offers opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching, and the excitement of working with a diverse student population. The Faculty actively encourages innovative scholarship. As the economic and intellectual hub of Canada, Toronto provides access to policy and decision makers at all levels, and is a vibrant, cosmopolitan, and safe city.

Applications will be accepted electronically, between September 9 and November 9, 2021, only via this link.  Applications submitted via the U of T SuccessFactors Recruitment platform will NOT be considered for this position; they are posted to that platform for information only.

Applications must include a detailed covering letter which identifies the applicant’s areas of interest in research and teaching, as well as a detailed research plan, a current C.V., copies of all law (and graduate, if applicable) transcripts, two sample publications, an equity and diversity statement (as outlined below), and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations, or evidence of superior performance in other teaching-related activities as listed above.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a brief 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.

We also require at least three signed letters of reference, to be sent directly by academic referees, by email to: or by mail. 

References should be addressed to:

Michelle Rosenstock

Executive Director, Office of the Dean

University of Toronto Faculty of Law

78 Queen’s Park

Toronto, ON M5S 2C5

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date. Incomplete applications may not be accepted. All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by November 9, 2021.

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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.

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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