About filling Sessional Lecturer Positions under the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement.

The Department for the Study of Religion may hire Sessional Lecturers to deliver some of its undergraduate courses. Specific courses will be posted on the Department’s notice boards and on the Departmental website. To be considered for a position, an application and a Curriculum Vitae must be submitted to:

Professor Frances Garrett
Department for the Study of Religion
170 St. George Street, floor 3
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8
email: assocchair.religion@utoronto.ca

General Information

Generally speaking, we expect to make decisions concerning courses in May for Winter, Fall and Spring courses, and April for 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 have submitted applications and CVs will receive email job postings for specific positions for the subsequent twelve (12) month period.

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 holding the rank of Sessional Lecturer II.

Selection Criteria for Sessional I & II

Pursuant to the collective agreement between the University of Toronto and CUPE 3902 Unit 3 and in accordance with the standards and practices of the Department for the Study of Religion, the DSR has established the following guidelines for selection of Sessional I and Sessional II instructors

Eligibility

In order to be considered eligible for Sessional Instructor positions, the candidate must:

  • Possess a doctoral degree in the Study of Religion (or as appropriate to the course for which application is made, a doctoral degree in a related discipline such as Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, Classics, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, etc.).
  • For language courses taught in the Department for the Study of Religion (e.g., Tibetan, Sanskrit), the appropriate graduate degrees or educational diplomas may be considered as suitable qualification.
  • Applicants who had completed all doctoral courses and general examination requirements (and have lapsed) may be considered for Unit 3 positions.
  • Demonstrate his or her currency with and mastery of the subject matter of the courses for which application is made.Currency here implies that the candidate must demonstrate ongoing engagement with scholarship in the area. This may be demonstrated by means of: recent graduate work completed in the area or field (course work or a dissertation); scholarly publications (in peer-refereed journals); and participation (i.e., presentation of papers or lectures) in learned societies, seminars, workshops, in the area in which competence and currency is claimed.
  • Mastery of the subject matter may be demonstrated by an academic record including graduate courses and/or publications and/or other scholarly activities in the areas in which mastery is claimed, and should be evident from sample course syllabi, the structure of lectures and assignments, and other portions of the teaching dossier.
  • In some cases, competence to serve as a sessional instructor will presuppose knowledge of the relevant languages of source texts (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Sanskrit, Tibetan) or the languages of contemporary scholarship and training in relevant critical methods.
  • Having served as a Teaching Assistant for the course for which application is made can be treated as evidence of familiarity with the course content, although it does not necessarily imply currency with or mastery of the subject matter.

Application Procedure

The applicant must submit the following:

  • A current curriculum vitae, which includes a complete list of all University level credit courses taught.
  • A teaching dossier which shall include course outlines, bibliographies, and assignments, and include other evidence of superior teaching such as teaching awards.
  • In the case of applicants who have already taught university level courses, a summary of previous course evaluations.
  • For first-time applicants who have not yet taught any university level courses, a complete list of all graduate courses taken, the areas in which general examinations were written, and the title of the doctoral dissertation.

Criteria for Selection

The following considerations are critical to a recommendation for selection:

  • Has the candidate demonstrated his or her currency with and mastery of the subject matter in the course for which application is made? (See above, 1b for a definition of currency and mastery.)
  • Has the candidate demonstrated excellence in teaching? If the candidate has served as a Sessional Instructor in the past, the selection committee will consult course evaluations. The Department for the Study of Religion offers sessional teaching positions only to those who have demonstrated superior teaching. However, this does not preclude a candidate who has not taught any courses in the Department for the Study of Religion from applying for, and being hired as a Sessional Instructor. Demonstrated excellence in teaching, however, is a condition for further appointments.
  • The Department for the Study of Religion retains the right not to fill a position that has been advertised.
  • The Department for the Study of Religion will normally not award more than 1.0 FCE per academic term to any applicant.

June 2006; revised January 2008.

Advancement Procedures For Sessional II

Pursuant to the collective agreement between the University of Toronto and CUPE 3902 and in accordance with the standards of the Department for the Study of Religion, the Department for the Study of Religion has established the following guidelines for advancement from Sessional I to Sessional II.

Eligibility

In order to be considered eligible for advancement to Sessional Instructor II the candidate must:

  1. possess a doctoral degree in the Study of Religion (or as appropriate to the course for which application is made, a doctoral degree in a related discipline such as Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, Classics, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, etc.); and
  2. have taught at least eight (8) half courses or the equivalent in the Department for the Study of Religion, and have taught at least four (4) in the past six (6) years;
  3. at the sole discretion of the Chair, a candidate who has taught at least four half courses in the Department for the Study of Religion and four (4) half courses in another single University of Toronto department (including UTSC or UTM) may be considered for advancement.
  4. Candidates are responsible for determining whether they meet the eligibility criteria and for securing discretionary prior consent if they wish to have courses from another department recognized by the Department for the Study of Religion.
  5. The candidate must initiate the request for advancement and submit it in writing no later than 1 September (and 1 July if possible).
  6. Because observation of the candidate’s classroom conduct is a critical and necessary part of the advancement process, the candidate may ask the chair to arrange observation during the candidate’s final qualifying course prior to the submission of the formal request for advancement. The decision of whether or not to arrange such an observation is at the sole discretion of the Chair.
  7. Because observation of the candidate’s teaching is a critical and necessary part of the advancement process, no one who has not been hired as a sessional during the Summer session of the year in which advancement is requested, or the Fall or Winter session of the year in which advancement is requested, is eligible to submit an application.

Application Procedure

The applicant must submit the following:

  1. A current curriculum vitae, which includes a complete list of all University of Toronto credit courses taught in the past six (6) years.
  2. A teaching dossier which shall include at least three (3) course outlines, bibliographies, and assignments, and include other evidence of superior teaching such as teaching awards. Three (3) outlines shall be submitted even if the candidate has only taught the same course repetitively.

Criteria for Advancement

The following considerations are critical to a recommendation for advancement.

  1. Has the candidate demonstrated his or her currency with and mastery of the subject matter in all courses taught by him or her in the Department for the Study of Religion? Currency here implies that the candidate must demonstrate ongoing engagement with scholarship in the area. This may be demonstrated by means of: recent graduate work completed in the area or field; and/or scholarly publications (in peer-refereed journals); and/or participation in learned societies, seminars, workshops, in the area in which competence and currency is claims. Mastery of the subject matter should be evident from course syllabi, the structure of lectures and assignments, and other portions of the teaching dossier. Those who observe the candidate’s teaching should be able to comment on the candidate’s mastery of her/his subject areas.
  2. Has the candidate demonstrated superior teaching? For superior teaching to be demonstrated the candidate’s teaching must be judged at a minimum as considerably better than the average teaching within the department, normally within the top third. The judgment must take into consideration individual and summary course evaluations, classroom observation, the candidate’s c.v., and teaching dossier. If a candidate’s summary course evaluations are below the department average, and a positive recommendation is made for advancement, the chair of the advancement committee must supply a substantive and compelling rationale, based on the committee’s deliberations, which argues for advancement based on the other criteria. [The current (2005-6) departmental average teaching rating is 5.69 for the questions ‘1. presents information clearly, 2. explains, 3. communicates well, 4. teaching objectives, and 7. learning experience’ on the student evaluation, and an average of 82.44% for retake.]
  3. Has the candidate demonstrated that s/he has adhered to the following principles?
    • An employee shall carry out his or her responsibilities for teaching with all due attention to the establishment of fair and ethical dealings with students, taking care to make himself or herself accessible to students for academic consultation, to inform students adequately regarding course formats, assignments, and methods of evaluation, to maintain teaching schedules in all but exceptional circumstances, to inform students of any necessary cancellation and rescheduling of instructions and to comply with established procedures and deadlines for determining, reporting and reviewing the grades of his or her students.
    • In performance of their duties, they shall deal fairly and ethically with their colleagues, shall avoid discrimination, shall not infringe their colleagues’ academic freedom, and shall observe appropriate principles of confidentiality.