Associate Professor/Professor - Old English Language and Literature

Associate Professor/Professor - Old English Language and Literature 

Date Posted: 10/13/2022

Closing Date: 11/17/2022, 11:59PM ET

Req ID: 26087

Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)

Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science

Department: Centre for Medieval Studies & the Department of English

Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)




The Centre for Medieval Studies and the Department of English in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invite applications for a full-time tenure-stream position in the area of Old English Language and Literature. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2023, or shortly thereafter. This will be a joint appointment between the Centre for Medieval Studies (51%) and the Department of English (49%).


Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. degree in Old English Language or Literature or a related area (e.g., Medieval Latin or Old Norse) with a clearly demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and enhance existing strengths at the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Department of English .


The Graduate C entre for Medieval Studies is the leading research centre in North America dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the languages and cultures that flourished during the Middle Ages. The Centre consists of a student body of approximately 60 students, enrolled in the Master of Arts, the Doctor of Philosophy and several Collaborative Specializations, and an equal number of distinguished faculty, most of whom cross-appointed with various departments. Situated in one of the most diverse cities in the world, the Department of English reflects that diversity in its approach to English as a world language. Our graduate faculty enjoy an outstanding reputation for their rigorous historical scholarship and for their innovative theoretical, cultural, and interdisciplinary approaches to literary study. The Centre for Medieval Studies and the Department of English offer opportunities for teaching, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and collaborative and interdisciplinary research in both medieval culture and English language and literature in historical depth and across a broad geographical range. The Centre for Medieval Studies is also the administrative home of the Dictionary of Old English (DOE), which defines the English language’s vocabulary of the first centuries (AD 600–1150), using today’s most advanced technology. As a leading scholar in the field, the successful candidate will engage with this project and have the opportunity to enhance critical links with scholars across Canada and abroad as well as to strengthen the DOE’s academic and advancement efforts, fully supported by the Faculty of Arts and Science’s Office of Advancement.


Candidates will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program. Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of sustained high-impact contributions and publications in top-ranked and field-relevant journals, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, distinguished awards and accolades, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing.


Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application (with required materials outlined below) including a strong teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations, as well as strong letters of reference.


Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.


Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; one recent publication; and a teaching dossier to include a strong teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations.


We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1‐2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.


Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each once an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants, however, remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated, and signed) by the closing date.


Submission guidelines can be found at Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Prof. Elisa Brilli, Search Committee Chair, at


All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by of November 17, 2022.


Applicants should apply through the University of Toronto’s Careers website: Professor / Associate Professor of Old English Language and Literature


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Diversity Statement

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.


As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see


Accessibility Statement

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


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