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Job Posting – Course Instructor AST 3101 – Winter Term

01 Sep 2021

David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Job Posting – Course Instructor AST 3101

Winter Term 2022 (January-April)


Posted on August 30, 2021 till September 21, 2021

AST3101 – Ethics and Practice in Astronomy – Mini Course, part of AST3101

The ideas behind what it means to be a scientist and/or astronomer can often be at odds with historical and ongoing experiences within these communities. The everyday duties of many astronomers also often involve issues not taught in graduate school, including mentorship, peer review, conflicts of interest, research ethics, applying for funding, and more. This course aims to introduce students to a wide range of topics related to the ethics in and practice of “astronomy” as it functions today. Topics to be covered by the course will be decided on jointly by interested students and the Instructor prior to the start of the course (subject to the availability and interest of invited experts) and will be updated each time the course is offered. These may cover a wide range of areas from setting community funding priorities to grant proposal reviews to Indigenous land use.


PhD or equivalent training in Astronomy, with experience in teaching university courses in astronomy is an asset; strong academic record, and mastery of subject area is highly desirable.

Relevant Criterion

Past teaching experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

Duties: All normal duties related to the design and teaching of a university credit course, including preparation and delivery of course content; development, administration and marking of assignments, test and exams; calculation and submission of grades; holding regular office hours.

Estimated Course Enrolment: 5 graduate students

Estimated TA support: 0 hours

Schedule: Thursday – 2:30pm. Classes begins January 6 and end March 24, 2022

Rate of Pay: 1/4 of a full FAS course (rate inclusive of vacation pay) will be $4,030.94 plus vacation pay

Application Process

Please submit CV, cover letter and a proposed syllabus to Alena Wasney by email at  by September 21, 2021

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Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and LGBTQ2S+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity seeking groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the position.

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.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement.

The position posted above is tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolments.

Duties of this position shall be performed at the campus on which the position is located. Where the duties are intended to be performed at another location, such other location will be specified in the posting.

Positions posted here are open to Graduate Students in the School of Graduate Studies, Postdoctoral Fellows and Undergraduate Students in the University of Toronto.

The hiring criteria for Course Instructor positions are academic qualifications, the need to acquire experience, previous teaching experience and previous satisfactory employment under the provisions of this collective agreement.