CUPE Positions

There is currently one (1) Teaching Assistant posting. Keep checking this page for updates, all available postings will be advertised on this page throughout the year. 

The ATCJS seeks 1 Teaching Assistant for the following course:
CJS390H1S / RLG239H1S - Angry God: The Bible and Violence

Course Description: This course will examine the very prominent biblical theme of violence and warfare, situating biblical texts in their ancient Near Eastern context.  Over the course of millennia, the ancient Near East experienced countless changes. Empires rose and then fell from dominance, city-states were built and then razed, gods once paramount sank into obscurity. Through these and other changes, however, one thing remained constant in the societies of the region: the centrality of warfare and violence. Whether one looks at the brutal punishments imposed in biblical law codes, the widespread practice of mutilating transgressors and marching them naked into exile, or the biblical statute mandating that conquered groups be completely annihilated, it is more than apparent that violence was not merely present in the ancient Near East, it was widely legislated and viewed as having been commanded by God. The exercise of violence was pivotal to establishing and maintaining the authority of kingship, to the display of masculinity, to the reckoning of justice, and to the forging of political relations. The omnipresence of violent behaviors in these cultures raises many questions, among them: What is violence? Was there an ethics of violence in the ancient Near East? Were there limits on violence? Who benefitted from violent behaviors, and in what ways?  Texts examined in the course will include various books of the Hebrew Bible, including Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, and Ezekiel; Hammurapi’s Code; numerous ancient Near Eastern inscriptions; various apocalyptic texts; and a selection of texts from the New Testament.

Applicants should have at least an MA in Religious Studies or Near and Middle Eastern Studies, preferably with a concentration in Jewish Studies. First consideration will be given to full-time graduate students at the University of Toronto.

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

•    Attending lectures 
•    Responding to student inquiries
•    Grading assignments 
Duties of this position shall be performed at the campus on which the position is located. 

Class Schedule: Mondays from 10am-12pm
Dates of Appointment: January 10 – April 29th, 2022
Hours of work: approx. 60 hours 
Estimated Course Enrolment: 15 students
Rate of Pay: SGSII 47.17/hour 

Application Process
Applicants should submit a cover letter, C.V., and names of two references by Friday, November 19, 2021.
Applications should be sent to the attention of Professor Adam Cohen. The email applications should be sent to is:

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The hiring criteria for Teaching Assistant positions are academic qualifications, the need to acquire experience, previous experience and previous satisfactory employment under the provisions of this Collective Agreement.

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(s) posted above is (are) tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolments.

Positions posted here are open to Graduate Students in the School of Graduate Studies, Postdoctoral Fellows and Undergraduate Students in the University of Toronto.
Preference in hiring shall be given to Graduate Students enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto or those who have made application to be enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto.