Sessional Lecturer - Introduction to Medical Microbiology

Toronto (Region), Ontario (CA)
10 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
17 Sep 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Field: CUPE 3902 Unit 3

Faculty / Division: Faculty of Medicine

Department: Molecular Genetics

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)

Job Posting: September 10, 2020

Job Closing: September 17, 2020, 11:59pm EST

Course number and title: SCS 3031: Introduction to Medical Microbiology (ONLINE) – Emergency Posting

Course description:

An asynchronous, online introductory survey course that explores the agents of infectious disease including bacteria, viruses, and parasites as well as the host immune response. Other topics include the fundamentals of disease diagnosis and epidemiology. This course will use web-based delivery of lectures and tutorials and utilize a range of communication tools equivalent to approximately three lectures per week.

Estimated TA support: 0 TA hours

Estimated course enrolment: 15 - 25 students

Class schedule: Lectures and assignments will be given as 2-3hr online videos/week asynchronously

Sessional dates of appointment: November 1, 2020 - February 28, 2021

Salary: $8,489.67 for Sessional Lecturer I; $8,869.25 for Sessional Lecturer I Long Term;

$9,085.58 for Sessional Lecturer II; $9,301.90 for Sessional Lecturer III, inclusive of vacation pay

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.


The applicant must hold an advanced degree (MD or PhD), with education pertaining to infectious diseases. The applicant should have extensive experience in teaching at the University level, either with several years as a teaching assistant or as a lecturer. The applicant should have experience with online teaching, including recording lectures for online delivery and developing and delivering online assessments.

Description of duties:

  • Regularly engage with students via email
  • Set due dates to course assignments, quizzes and projects
  • Administer and mark course assignments
  • Create some lecture material, as necessary
  • Create short weekly introductory announcements via video or written post
  • Create videos providing feedback to students on assignments
  • Share cutting-edge research on microbiology, especially COVID-19, with students
  • Assist in the preparation of an online final assessment
  • Mark final assessment

Application Procedure:

Applications should include a single PDF with the following components in this order: 1) the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 application form, available at:; 2) a cover letter; and 3) a c.v. that includes evidence of expertise in genome sequencing, analysis, and yeast biology, as well as the name(s) of one or more qualified referees.

Please submit the applications electronically to:

Dr. Leah Cowen

Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Genetics

Closing date: September 17, 2020, 11:59pm EST

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, LGBTQ 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.

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