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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Engineering Communication Program, Faculty of
Applied Science and Engineering

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The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto invites applications for the position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, a tenurable position in the Engineering Communication Program (ECP). The program is a North American leader in integrating communication instruction into the Engineering Curriculum. The program involves a range of courses, workshops and a writing centre offering individual consultations; it instructs and supports Engineering students in writing and oral presentation as part of their studies. The program’s courses incorporate more than 1500 students across 15 courses in seven departments/divisions. See the program website at

This position is a full-time academic appointment in the teaching stream and will be made at the rank of either Lecturer or Senior Lecturer. The Lecturer rank has an initial appointment of three years, which can be renewed for a further two years. In the fifth year of service or before if experience warrants, Lecturers are reviewed for promotion to the rank of Senior Lecturer. Senior Lecturers hold continuing appointments at the University. Rank and salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The successful applicant for the position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer will be nominated to hold the appointment as Director of the ECP. This is a five-year term appointment, renewable. The combined appointment of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer and Director will be responsible for:
-- Overseeing the program and its faculty, which includes five full-time
and numerous part-time and sessional lecturers;
-- Teaching two (2) courses per term for two (2) terms per year; and
-- Working with engineering departments/divisions to develop an integrated communication curriculum that will enable students to develop their professional communication and critical thinking abilities.

The position requires an individual with a minimum of five years experience leading a program in Technical Communication; a strong commitment to and knowledge of engineering communication; and a PhD in the field of Technical Communication, Rhetoric or related field (e.g. Second Language Education, Applied Linguistics, Professional Communication, English, or Education). Essential for this position are
the ability to work in team-teaching contexts, a track record of teaching excellence, and the ability to identify and solve curriculum delivery challenges. The Director will have expertise in some of the
following: designing courses and programs, teaching Second Language at the university level, developing Writing in the Disciplines (WID) programs, teaching engineering design, and innovating through instructional technology.

The successful candidate will lead a team to develop and deliver an integrated communication program for undergraduate, and possibly graduate, engineering students. Specific courses or modules within
courses may include the following: technical communication, communication and design, oral dommunication, Engineering Strategies and Practice, and professional writing.

The deadline for applications is November 30, 2007 or until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2008 or sooner if required. Please send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a
teaching dossier (with sample publications, course outlines, evaluations and teaching philosophy), and three letters of reference to:

Professor D. Grant Allen
Vice-Dean Undergraduate Studies
Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George Street, Room 149
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1A4

Electronic submissions are highly preferred and should be submitted to

The University of Toronto offers opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching, the excitement of working with a diverse student population, and active encouragement of innovative scholarship. Toronto itself is one of the most multicultural places in the world and the safest city of its size in North America.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas. The University is also responsive to the needs of dual career couples.