Posting date: June 23, 2017
Closing date for receipt of applications: July 18, 2017, at 4:00 pm.

The undergraduate program in American Studies is seeking one teaching assistant for USA200H1F: Introduction to American Studies for the fall 2017 semester.

USA200H1F: Introduction to American Studies; Instructor: A. Rahr; Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00 pm; Enrollment Cap: 60
Students in this course will examine the politics, history, and culture of the United States through a selection of “keywords” from the field of American Studies (i.e. nation, frontier, race, gender, memorials, etc.). Through a critical analysis of primary readings from American Studies scholars, as well as other academic and contemporary writing, we will interrogate and problematize the keywords in question. A central focus of our analysis will be the social, cultural, and political contexts surrounding our keywords, as well as their representation in mediated texts. The instructor will also provide a material “object of the week” which functions as a fun and engaging entry point into the issues and debates related to the week’s topic. The object and its significance will be discussed and debated by the students in conjunction with the instructor.

Description of Duties:
Marking/grading student papers and examinations; holding office hours for academic counselling of students for 2 hours/week.

Enrollment: The estimated course enrollment is a maximum of 60 students.
One Teaching Assistant will be hired; the appointment size, and number of hours, varies with the entitlement of the hired graduate student assistant. The position is tentative, pending final enrollment for the course.

Hours of work: approx. 60 hours in total

Rate of Pay$43.65 per hour + 4% vacation pay
Salary and qualifications are per the latest agreement with CUPE, local 3902; standards and policies regarding the agreement are available in the offices of the Centre for the Study of the United States and in CUPE, Local 3902 office.

Final availability of the position is contingent upon enrolment, budgetary consideration, and the determination of appointments as governed by the collective agreement.

To apply:
Applicants should submit a cover letter, C.V. (including previous teaching evaluations if applicable), and the names of two referees. Please submit the applications electronically to Prof. Rob Vipond, at:, with a cc to:

Closing Date: July 18, 2017, at 4:00 pm.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement. The Departmental Hiring Policy is available in the Department office and in the CUPE Local 3902 office.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Policy, the University of Toronto encourages applications from qualified women and men, members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.


Generally speaking, for Fall and/or Winter courses, we expect to make hiring decisions June through September; Summer course hirings occur in March/April (note, however, that we do not usually run summer courses). However, some decisions may be made earlier or later than these time frames, depending on circumstances. Unexpected vacancies may arise at any time. Applications will be retained for twelve (12) months. Persons who submit applications and CVs will receive emailed job postings for specific positions for the subsequent twelve (12) months.

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.

Deadline: July 18, 2017