Communications Associate – Prospective Professors in Training

University of Toronto

Date Posted: 06/12/2023
Req ID: 31940
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Department: APSC: Ofc of the Dean – Faculty General
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


Program Title: Prospective Professors in Training (PPIT) – Professional Development Series 

Program Description  

PPIT introduces participants to curriculum, teaching, and learning within the context of engineering education, and provides participants with learning opportunities to support the development of a research program. Participants learn about applying for academic positions and the construction of effective application materials. Finally, the program helps participants build the knowledge and tools required to balance time and resources between teaching, research, and administration. 

Estimated Enrolment: 40 PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows 

Number of Positions:

Hours: 20 – 40 hrs (schedule to be arranged with supervisor) 

Start Date: August 1, 2023

End Date: August 31, 2023

Salary: CUPE minimum salary rates are: Writing Instructor 1 – $53.41/hr plus 4% vacation pay; Writing Instructor 1 Long Term – $56.07/hr plus 4% vacation pay; Writing Instructor 2 – $57.42/hr plus 6% vacation pay; Writing Instructor 2 Long Term – $58.58/hr plus 6% vacation pay; Writing Instructor 2 (priority) – $59.11/hr plus 6% vacation pay and Writing Instructor 2 (priority) Long Term- $60.29/hr plus 6% vacation pay. Should rates stipulated in the Collective Agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the Collective Agreement shall prevail.    

Minimum Qualifications 

At least a Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline (such as, but not limited to, Communication, English, Engineering, Education, Technology Studies) with strong written and oral communication skills.  

Preferred Qualifications 

A PhD in an appropriate discipline (as above). Familiarity with engineering communication practices or other experience is also highly desirable. 

Description of Duties 

The Communications Associate will be responsible for assessing a set of academic dossiers from PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows in PPIT. The academic dossier will include a cover letter, CV, research statement, teaching statement, and positionality statement, as well as selected supporting material. A focus will be on providing high-quality and precise feedback, allowing the participants to improve their work. A set of clear criteria for assessment will be provided, and the Communications Associate will work with the supervisor in ensuring effective feedback. Specifically, the Communications Associate will:

  • Provide feedback on academic dossiers (including research statement, teaching statement, CV and cover letter) for a group of PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows  

  • Meet with supervisor to discuss trends/areas for consideration regarding further resources for participants  

  • Carry out all duties online  

Application Procedure 

To apply, please provide a:

Submit application in a single PDF labelled ‘FirstName.LastName’ to Teresa Didiano, Associate Director, Graduate Professional Development at [email protected]

Closing Date: 07/17/2023, 11:59PM EDT

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement. 

 It is understood that some announcements of vacancies are tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolment. Should rates stipulated in the collective agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.  

Preference in hiring is given to qualified individuals advanced to the rank of Sessional Lecturer II or Sessional Lecturer III in accordance with Article 14:12 of the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 collective agreement.

Please note: Undergraduate or graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of the University of Toronto are covered by the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 collective agreement rather than the Unit 3 collective agreement, and should not apply for positions posted under the Unit 3 collective agreement.

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