Jobs For Medievalists

Assistant Professor – Medieval Latin Studies and Culture 1100-1300

Date Posted: 09/01/2023
Closing Date: 10/06/2023, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 33377
Job Category: Faculty – Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Centre for Medieval Studies
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS) in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure-stream position in Medieval Latin Studies and Culture from 1100 to 1300. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2024.

Candidates must have earned a PhD degree in Medieval Studies or a related area by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and enhance our existing departmental strengths.

The position comes with teaching and service allocated to the Undergraduate Program in Mediaeval Studies at Saint Michael’s College (SMC).

The Centre for Medieval Studies is the leading research center 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 are cross-appointed with various departments. The Centre for Medieval Studies offers opportunities for both graduate-level teaching and, thanks to its close collaboration with the program in Mediaeval Studies at Saint Michael’s College, for undergraduate-level teaching and supervision.  As one of the leading scholars in the field, the successful candidate will participate actively within both of these programs and help to promote their collaboration and a consistency across the University of Toronto’s medieval studies curriculum on a global scale. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in and enhance established research-driven initiatives, such as the publication series Toronto Medieval Latin Texts, the Toronto Medieval Texts and Translations, the Journal of Medieval Studies, the SMC One Boyle Seminar in Scripts and Stories, or The Other Sister research group.

In terms of graduate teaching, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute substantially to the Medieval Latin program, which is the program of reference in the field in North America and comprises four levels of instruction (Medieval Latin I and II, advanced seminars, and N/CR summer courses for beginners), as well as to the area of Manuscript Studies and Textual Cultures (Paleography, Codicology, Diplomatics, and topic-focused courses). In terms of undergraduate teaching, the successful candidate will be expected to develop and contribute foundational and upper-level courses in the undergraduate program in Mediaeval Studies at Saint Michael’s College, as well as to supervise senior essays and research-focussed student initiatives. In terms of research, the successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program in the areas of Medieval Latin Studies and Manuscript Studies and Textual Cultures. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the highly interdisciplinary environment of CMS and SMC, especially in the field of social and intellectual history (e.g., history of education, medicine, preaching, or Mediterranean/global studies).

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field-relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

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

Salary 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; a recent writing sample; and a teaching dossier to include a strong teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations. 

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 after an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date. More details on the automation reference letter collection, including timelines, are available in the candidate FAQ.

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 (Centre for Medieval Studies, Director) at

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by October 6, 2023.

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

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