Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream – Digital Humanities / Medieval Studies

May 13, 2016 by Communications

Job Field: Teaching Stream

Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science

Department: UTSG: Centre for Medieval Studies / Woodsworth College

Campus: UTSG

Job Posting: May 11, 2016

Job Closing: May 26, 2016

Description: Digital Humanities


The Centre for Medieval Studies and Woodsworth College at the University of Toronto invite applications for a continuing Teaching Stream appointment in Digital Humanities / Medieval Studies. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and will commence July 1, 2016.


Applicants must have a completed PhD degree by the time of appointment in Medieval Studies, History, English, or other related humanities discipline, as well as strong computer skills and experience in Digital Humanities pedagogy and research support across a variety of disciplines and platforms. The successful applicant will have a strong record of excellent teaching at the undergraduate level and must demonstrate capacity for excellence at the graduate level. Evidence of teaching excellence will include a teaching dossier, letters of reference, teaching evaluations, and sample syllabi for courses and/or workshops. Although our primary objective is teaching excellence, we also expect that the successful candidate will be actively engaged in the development and administration of an undergraduate program in Digital Humanities, and in the support of major research initiatives in Digital Medieval Studies, especially as these relate to graduate education.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


At the Centre for Medieval Studies, the successful candidate will, through workshops, classes, and mentorship, provide support to graduate students who are employed as Research Assistants for Digital Humanities research projects in premodern studies, with a special focus on projects that are based in or that collaborate with CMS: these include, for example, the Dictionary of Old English; Digital Tools for Manuscript Study and other projects in the Old Books New Science labs; DECIMA; Serai. The successful candidate will have experience delivering relevant skills training for graduate students on the use of a variety of DH tools and platforms (e.g., VisColl, Scalar, Omeka, Mirador, Cytoscope, Neatline, Gephi, Unity); emerging frameworks for data curation and interoperability (e.g., W3C Web Annotation Model, IIIF); and programming and markup languages and data formats (e.g., relational databases and SQL, TEI, XML, XSLT, JSON, Python). For more information about the Centre for Medieval Studies, see


At Woodsworth College, the successful candidate will develop undergraduate courses in digital humanities, leading to the establishment of an interdisciplinary minor program. Responsibilities will include planning and developing the overall program as well as individual courses. It is expected that the successful candidate will become the director of the new Digital Humanities program and will continue to teach or oversee its core courses, as well as doing other teaching for the College. For more information about Woodsworth College, see


The University of Toronto is 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 one of the most diverse cities in the world. Woodsworth College is the largest undergraduate college in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto, with a strong tradition of providing pathways to university and fostering innovation in undergraduate education. The successful applicant will be expected to participate in the life of the College, as well as in the graduate community at the Centre for Medieval Studies and broader DH environment.


All qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking on the ‘apply’ link below. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a teaching dossier that includes a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching excellence. If you have questions about the position, please contact Professor Suzanne Akbari, Search Committee Chair (


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


Applicants should also ask three referees to email letters directly to Professor Suzanne Akbari, Search Committee Chair ( by the closing date of 26 May 2016.


The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


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