Assistant Professor - Quantitative Social Science and GIS
University of Toronto Scarborough, Department of Human Geography

Assistant Professor - Quantitative Social Science and GIS

Job Field: Tenure Stream

Faculty / Division: University of Toronto Scarborough

Department: UTSC: Human Geography

Campus: Scarborough

Job Posting: Dec 22, 2018

Job Closing: Jan 28, 2019, 11:59pm EST


The Department of Human Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a full-time, tenure stream appointment in the area of Quantitative Social Science and GIS. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence on July 1, 2019.


Applicants must have a Ph.D in Geography or a related field at the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. Candidates must also have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching and be able to communicate effectively as an undergraduate and graduate teacher. 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.


Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence as demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.


Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier, a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, and the teaching evaluations submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference.


The Department maintains research and teaching focuses in urban, social-cultural, and environmental geography as part of a broader commitment to research excellence within the social sciences at UTSC. Applications are invited from social scientists with research contributions based on geographic information science and potentially combined with spatial statistics, computational approaches, or other quantitative methods. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in data collection and verification, data analysis, modelling, visualization, and/or computational methods using geographic information. Candidates with research interests across the social sciences are welcome, but candidates must conduct research with an emphasis on urban, health, population, social, or economic geography. We seek candidates who value influencing policy, public opinion, and decision-making processes via outreach and research partnerships.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The candidate’s undergraduate appointment will be at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), a research-intensive institution with an interdisciplinary commitment, a multicultural student body, and a modern campus. The University offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach and live in Toronto, one of the most diverse and opportunity-rich cities in the world. The University also offers opportunities to work in a range of collaborative programs and centers of research. Applicants may in particular be interested in opportunities to engage with industry and researchers in one of the fastest growing tech-clusters in the world. For more information about the Department of Human Geography at UTSC please visit our home page:

The successful candidate will teach core undergraduate courses in the Minor Program in Geographic Information Science in the Department of Human Geography They also will be a member of the Tri-campus Graduate Department of Geography and Planning, and will engage in graduate teaching, supervision, and service in that Department.


UTSC is strongly committed to maintaining a research-intensive home for its faculty and students. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a program of research that furthers the academic mission of the Department of Human Geography at UTSC. Competitive research funding is available both internally and through Canada's SSHRC and other research funding organizations (


All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement outlining current and future research interests, up to three representative publications and a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, and teaching evaluations). Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee via email (on letterhead and signed) to by the closing date.

All application materials including the reference letters must be received, by the closing date, January 28, 2019.


Submission guidelines can be found at We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Sue-Ann Hicks at

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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