Job Posting for Associate Professor: FEZANA Professorship in Zoroastrian Languages and Literature


November 18, 2021

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Associate Professor – FEZANA Professorship in Zoroastrian Languages and Literature

Date Posted: 11/12/2021
Closing Date: 12/20/2021, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 15385
Job Category: Faculty – Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)
The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Zoroastrian Languages and Literature. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor and the anticipated start date is July 1, 2022. The successful candidate will be eligible to be appointed to the FEZANA Professorship in Zoroastrian Languages and Literatures. This endowed professorship appointment would be for a three-year term and is renewable following a favourable review.
We are seeking a scholar who will contribute to our program in Iranian and Persian studies, with demonstrated expertise in Old and Middle Iranian languages and literatures, specifically as they relate to Zoroastrian religious culture.
Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. degree in Iranian Studies, or Near and/or Middle Eastern Studies, or their cognate disciplines, and have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and research commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths. Candidates will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.
Evidence of excellence in research will be demonstrated by a record of sustained high impact contributions and publications in top-ranked and field-relevant journals, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, distinguished awards and accolades, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing.
  Evidence of excellence in teaching is based on strong letters of reference, teaching accomplishments and a teaching dossier containing a strong statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations and sample syllabi. The successful candidate must have the demonstrated ability to teach courses on Avestan, Old Persian, and Middle Persian (Pahlavi) languages and literatures, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A demonstrated commitment to collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching, involving research opportunities for students, such as digital humanities projects, is strongly desired.
Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one recent publication, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations and sample syllabi), and a statement outlining current and future research interests. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1‐2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.
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 once 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.
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 questions about this position, please contact

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by December 20, 2021.
For more information about the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, please visit

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