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Job Opportunity: Sessional Lecturer – AST251

25 Feb 2016


Faculty of Arts and Science
University of Toronto


Course Number and Title: AST251H1 S 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.


Estimated course enrolment: 196 students


Estimated TA support: 280 hours


Schedule: TBA


Sessional dates: July 1, 2016 – August 31, 2016 for S courses


Salary: Sessional Lecturer I rate of pay will be $7,268.22 (inclusive of vacation pay), Sessional Lecturer I long term rate of pay will be $7,405.93 (inclusive of vacation pay), for a Half (F/S) course. The Sessional Lecturer II rate of pay will be $7,727.26 (inclusive of vacation pay) for a Half (F/S) course. The Sessional Lecturer III rate of pay will be $8,084.30 (inclusive of vacation pay) for a Half (F/S) course.


Please note that should rates stipulated in the collective agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.


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.


Closing date: March 18, 2016



All individuals interested in this position must submit a Curriculum Vitae and the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 application form PDF format ($!26+Selection/CUPE+3902+Unit+3+Application+Form.pdf) or WORD format ($!26+Selection/application-for-employment-$!5bCUPE+3902+Unit+3$!5d.rtf) and CV to:


Professor Dae-Sik Moon, Associate Chair – Undergraduate

Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

University of Toronto

50 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario. M5S 3H4




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.
Preference in hiring is given to qualified individuals advanced to the rank of Sessional Lecturer II or Sessional Lecturer III by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.      
This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement.