Sessional Lecturer – TYP052Y1: Introduction to Sociology Seminar

University of Toronto

Date Posted: 06/06/2024

Req ID: 37476

Faculty/Division: Vice-Provost, Students

Department: Transitional Year Programme

Campus: St. George Campus


The Introduction to Sociology seminar, is designed as a complement to the SOC100 Introduction to Sociology I: Sociological Perspective Course, to assist students in deepening their comprehension and analysis of the social issues and topics discussed in lectures and assigned readings, with a specific emphasis on these social issues in a Canadian context. Investigating society through a sociological lens involves knowledge and understanding of both classical and contemporary sociological approaches to public problems such as suicide, homelessness, health and mental health inequity, as well as class, racial and gender inequality –to name a few. This also involves developing an understanding of the main agents of socialization such as families, peers, education and the media, and reflecting on how a sociological approach to these public problems may challenge and/or change your values and beliefs about these topics. 

This class will also be a space to develop and enhance essential academic skills such as active reading, note-taking, time management, critical thinking, effective studying and test/examination preparation. This course will give students the opportunity to explore, reflect on and develop a better understanding of themselves as learners, as they learn about various social problems/public issues through a sociological lens. 

Your duties as governed by Article 7:03 of the Collective Agreement between the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 3902 Unit 3 will include:

  • Create course syllabus for course (TYP052).
  • Instruct and help students learn while providing an encouraging, creative, and positive enviorment for academic assistance for a variety of learning needs.
  • Preparation and presentation of course materials for seminars to help students succeed in academic writing for social science, history, and critical theory. 
  • Counsel students with respect to academic progress and assist them in obtaining appropriate counseling for non-academic matters. 
  • Evaluate attendance and course participation for the course. 
  • Attending regularly scheduled faculty meetings.
  • Submitting marks for assessments associated with TYP052.

Qualifications: Completed or nearly completed Ph.D in Sociology and/or Equity related discipline with course work and/or extensive research in this area. Possess in-depth knowledge of Transitional Year Programme (TYP) student supports, curriculum, and culture. Demonstrated commitment to equity and anti-oppressive/social-justice approaches to education. Familiarity with Quercus and online/remote instructional methods. 

Preferred Qualifications: Teaching experience at the university level preferred. Previous work experience, and/or coursework relating to anti-oppression and/or social-justice approaches to post-secondary education. In-depth knowledge of the University of Toronto community and University of Toronto student experience an asset. Knowledge of/experience with adult education and the University of Toronto. Experience advising students and providing academic support.

Shortlisted candidates may be asked to complete a brief written screening question and/or an interview. No other offers or notices of the outcome of the applications are authorized. 

Salary: $18,915.79 (vacation pay included)

Application Instructions: Please submit a cover letter and CV in the same PDF with the subject line “TYP052 – Introduction to Sociology seminar SL Application” to [email protected].

Closing Date: 06/21/2024, 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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