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EMERGENCY POSTING: AST251H1F (Summer) – Life on Other Worlds

30 Mar 2022

Description: Job Posting for Sessional Lecturer. Posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement.

Course Number and Title: AST251H1F (Summer) – Life on Other Worlds

Course Description: Scholarly discussion of the probability that there are planets with life elsewhere in the universe, from the perspective of current ideas concerning the origin and evolution of the universe, the solar system and life. Search techniques and possibilities for interstellar travel and space colonies are discussed. Intended for life sciences students.

Estimated course enrolment: ~ 190

Estimated TA support: ~ 280 hours

Class schedule: TBA- please visit for the most up to date information.

Sessional dates of appointment: May 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022

Qualifications: PhD or equivalent training in Astronomy, with experience in teaching university courses in astronomy required; teaching excellence, strong academic record, and mastery of subject area; previous experience in teaching a similar course is highly desirable.

Description of 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; supervising TAs assigned to course; address any issues of academic integrity that arise related to this course.

Application Procedure:  Please submit your Curriculum Vitae and a completed application to Lina McDonald (Department Manager, David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics) at by 11:59pm EST on Thursday, April 7, 2022.  Please save the documents in PDF format and use the following naming format: LastName, FirstName – Course Code – Resume / Application.   Additional material (cover letter, teaching dossier, statement) is optional, but if included, they should be attached in PDF format (naming the document LastName, FirstName – Course Code – Document Type) as messages in the body of the email will not be considered.  If during the application and/or selection process you require accommodation due to a disability, please contact Lina McDonald at

Unit 3 application link:

Closing Date: 04/07/2022, 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.

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

Please see the official job posting on the CUPE3902 Unit 3 job page: