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Emergency Posting: CUPE3902 Unit 1 Teaching Assistant Position: Topics in Global Affairs: Seeing Taiwan. Deadline: December 7, 2022

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Job Posting – Teaching Assistant Position – Emergency Posting

Winter Term 2023 (January 1, 2023 – April 30, 2023)

Posted on December 2, 2023

The Asian Institute seeks one Teaching Assistant for the following course:

GLA2093HS: Topics in Global Affairs IV: Seeing Taiwan

Course instructor: Professor Tong Lam

This course uses Taiwan as a site to examine some of the most pressing contemporary and historical issues. They include state-building, environmental politics, colonialism and empire, the politics of memory, innovation and urbanism, as well as visual culture. In so doing, students do not only acquire a body of knowledge about Taiwan and its dynamic global connections; they also develop interdisciplinary skills to improve their understanding of major global issues.


Master’s degree completed, PhD in progress required. A background in Asia-Pacific and/or South Asian studies is required, preferably from an interdisciplinary and multi-regional social science perspective. First consideration will be given to senior PhD students at the University of Toronto. TA experience is preferred.

Relevant Criterion

Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.


  • Meetings with the professor
  • Mark essays and weekly response papers
  • Hold office hours to consult with students on their assignments and course work

Duties of this position shall be performed at the campus on which the position is located. Where the duties are intended to be performed at another location, such other location will be specified in the posting.

Course timetable: Mondays, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Hours of work: 35 hours

Estimated Course Enrolment: 20 students

Rate of Pay: SGS I/II - 47.64/hour (+ 4% vacation pay)

Please note that should rates stipulated in the collective agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.

Application Process

Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV (including previous teaching evaluations if applicable) by Wednesday, December 7, 2022. Letters of recommendation are not required but will be accepted. Applications should be sent via email to the Asian Institute Program Advisor, Katherine MacIvor, at  YOU MUST USE THE FOLLOWING FOR YOUR SUBJECT LINE: APPLICATION: COURSE CODE: LAST NAME. Please attach your CV and cover letter as PDFs, and label your attachments as follows: Last Name_First Name_Cover; Last Name_First Name_CV.

To access accommodation during the application and hiring processes, and throughout the duration of the appointment, please contact Katherine MacIvor 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, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and LGBTQ2S+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity seeking groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the position.

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. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact During employment, to request accommodation from the University, contact the supervisor or department chair and/or Health & Wellbeing Programs & Services at For more information about accommodations at U of T, please visit our Accommodation webpage.

The hiring criteria for Teaching Assistant positions are academic qualifications, the need to acquire experience, previous experience and previous satisfactory employment under the provisions of this Collective Agreement.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement.

Positions posted here are open to Graduate Students in the School of Graduate Studies, Postdoctoral Fellows and Undergraduate Students in the University of Toronto.

The position posted above is tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolments.

Preference in hiring shall be given to Graduate Students enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto or those who have made application to be enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto.

Call for Papers: Centre for South Asian Studies Graduate Symposium

Download CFP here.

Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Toronto announces its 3rd Annual Graduate Student Symposium


April 20th and 21st, 2023

Keynote Speaker: Professor Nayanika Mathur

University of Oxford

Topic: Crooked Cats: Beastly Tales from the Anthropocene

Friday, April 21, 2023

The present historical moment finds us embroiled in various kinds of crises, with the ongoing pandemic, political polarization, international conflicts, economic precarity, and the climate emergency being some of the many that have recently taken center stage. There is a way, therefore, in which we might think of the contemporary as shaped by and preoccupied with a sense of such looming crisis; perhaps even to the point of no return and acute despair. Regardless of the specificity of the many forms and scales these crises can take, we are confronted with urgent calls for action. We want to recognize this moment as one of stock-taking. While realizing that there is an urgency to the framing of the present as one of “crisis and catastrophe,” we are aware of the dangers of viewing this as an originary moment, divorced from longer histories. Additionally, what we understand as ‘crisis’ also has to do with temporal and historical junctures. The idea of ‘crisis’ itself and what it encapsulates has changed over time. 

We, therefore, ask: How do we understand questions around disaster, catastrophe, and crisis as being located as part of larger structural arrangements of gender, race, nation, caste and class? What is the specificity of this moment of “crisis”? How did we get here? Where do we go from here, and how? Further, who frames the conditions for what comes to be understood as “crisis” and how? How is it historically contingent and contextually specific? If, and how, did the conceptions about the “crisis” change over time? We want to invite graduate students, independent researchers, activists, and scholars to think in and with this moment as a way to recognize, understand and respond to various kinds of crisis: political, social, ecological, economic. We think here of “crisis” as a capacious political and affective category to think with questions of catastrophe, disaster, and rupture but also recuperation, hope, and possibility.

The organizing committee of the Centre for South Asian Studies’ third Graduate Student Symposium is pleased to invite submissions of papers for this year’s 2023 hybrid conference, framed broadly around the theme of “Crisis.” This conference will take place both in-person and online via Zoom on April 20th and 21st. We encourage graduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds and at any stage of their career to apply, along with interested independent researchers and activists.

Your abstracts may concern but not be limited to the following themes:

  • Ecological Crisis/Climate Change
  • The End of the World as We Know It
  • Crisis in Space-Making: Contestations, Production of Space, Claims and Communities
  • COVID-19, Pandemic, Isolation and Death
  • Identity and Crisis: Contested Formulations of Identity and Making
  • Movement and Crisis: Migrations, Displacements and Resettlements
  • Disease and Disability: Changing Conceptions Over Time
  • The Body in/ as a Site of Crisis
  • Borders and Bureaucracy
  • Nationalisms and Populisms
  • Crisis of and Within Social and Political Movements
  • Crisis in the Arts: The Crisis in/ of the Aesthetic
  • War, Land and Conflict
  • Philosophy of Crisis and Crisis as Philosophy
  • Various Kinds of Institutional Crisis: Marriage, Family, Prisons
  • Crisis in the University: Disciplinary Crisis and Academic Precarity
  • Crisis through/ in Research and Source Materials
  • Crisis in Arts and Questions of Representation

Please send a 250 – 300 word abstract as PDF by January 16, 2023 to to be considered for the symposium. Include your name, email address, department, and year of study in your email. Within your abstract, please identify 2 – 5 key words or themes your abstract speaks to. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to the organizers (Ridhima, Jatin, and Maya) at .

Ongoing opportunities

Joseph Wong Student Experience Fund

This award provides undergraduate students with financial assistance for international learning experiences in or related to Asia, such as studying an Asian language abroad, undertaking field research or special projects, or participating in an international field school. Students will be expected to provide the Asian Institute with updates about their experience and produce a short report with photos upon completion of their travel. Quality of proposal and financial need will be considered.

Award Value: up to $3,000

Eligibility: Undergraduate students in any faculty or program at the University of Toronto, including UTM and UTSC. Students in the Contemporary Asian Studies and South Asian Studies undergraduate programs will receive priority.

Safety Abroad: Travel awards are paid at the time of travel after students have completed a Safety Abroad Workshop and registered with the Safety Abroad Office.

How to Apply: Applications are accepted and will be considered at any time throughout the year. Please allow 3-4 weeks for notification of the outcome of your application. Please submit the following materials to as a single pdf attachment. The email subject line should be “Joseph Wong Student Experience Fund Application” and the file name of the pdf should be LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME-JWSEF.

  • Statement of Research/Study Interest (This should be no more than 1 page and outline the international learning experience you plan to undertake, including the academic rationale and the significance to your program of study. If you are proposing an independent research project, you must name a U of T faculty member who is willing to supervise your research and also outline the proposed timeline, location, and planned method of data collection for your research.)
  • Curriculum Vitae (including contact information and student number)
  • Academic transcript (PDF from ACORN)
  • Budget (a detailed breakdown of estimated costs)
  • Documentation of Financial Need (OSAP assessment, if eligible, or a short paragraph describing your financial need for this award)
  • Reference Letter (One page letter of support from a University of Toronto faculty member. This should be emailed directly by the faculty member to

Questions: Please contact Katherine MacIvor (Program Advisor and Communications Officer, Asian Institute) at or 416-946-8832.

Sessional Lecturer positions at the Asian Institute: Continuously posted notice

Filling sessional lecturer positions under the CUPE3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement

How to submit an application

The Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy in the Faculty of Arts & Science may hire Sessional Lecturers to deliver some of its undergraduate courses. Specific courses will be posted on the Asian Institute website at, and on our Departmental bulletin board at 1 Devonshire Place, North House, outside room 228N. To be considered for a position, the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 application form and Curriculum Vitae must be submitted to:

Katherine MacIvor
Program Advisor, Asian Institute
Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place, Room 228N
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7
Phone: 416-946-8832

A valid email address is required. We prefer that applications and CVs be submitted via email.

General information

Generally speaking, we expect to make decisions concerning courses in May for Winter or Fall courses; and in March for Spring and 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 twenty-four (24) months. Persons who submit applications and CVs will receive emailed job postings for specific positions for the subsequent twenty-four (24) months.

This notice is posted pursuant to the CUPE Local 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement. Please note that in accordance with that agreement, preference in hiring is given to qualified persons advanced to the rank of Sessional Lecturer II or Sessional Lecturer III in accordance with Article 14:12.

Please visit the University’s Current Opportunities Webpage for Sessional Lecturer positions: