CUPE Positions

There are currently open Course Instructor positions at the Anne Tanenbeum Centre for Jewish Studies below. There are no current openings for Teaching Assistant positions. Continue to check this page for any updates. Thank you!

CJS Graduate Student Course Proposal Competition for Fall and Winter 2024/25

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce that we will be running a competitions for two advanced level ATCJS graduate students to teach a half (0.5) course—one per semester (Fall 2024 and Winter 2025). Both courses will be taught at the 300-level under the rubric of "Special Topics." 

In your application, please identify the semester you prefer to teach in.

Please see the posting below:

CJS392H1: Special Topics in Jewish Studies
Schedule: Tuesdays from 5:00-7:00pm
**Class in-person on St. George campus

Graduate students are invited to propose courses within their own areas of expertise; the proposals will be adjudicated on a competitive basis. Suitability of topic proposals will be assessed on the basis of academic promise and appropriateness to the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies’ undergraduate curriculum, including how well the proposals address the skills, and curricular needs of Centre’s students, second and third year students in particular.

Senior PhD candidate preferred. This is an opportunity for a senior graduate student to design and deliver a course in their area of expertise. Please submit a statement of interest, a CV and a proposed syllabus. The topics may be related to the applicant’s dissertation topic, but this is not obligatory.  If it is related to your research, we would encourage you to think broadly about how to integrate this work—pedagogically and intellectually—into an upper-level undergraduate course.

Rate of pay is $9,123.38 (first time course instructor) or $8,142.51 (subsequent course instructor), plus 4% or 6% (if eligible) vacation pay, which is the amount stipulated by the CUPE3902 Unit 1 collective agreement for course instructors.

Duties include: creating a syllabus; preparing and presenting two hours of lectures per week; uploading course materials onto online platform; keeping online course platform up to date at all times; grading papers and final assessments (including make-up examinations if required); and other pedagogical and administrative tasks associated with an undergraduate course. There will be no TA support for this course. The course enrolment maximum capacity is 20 students.

Applications should include:
1)    One-page prospectus of the course you would like to teach
2)    Sample syllabus for the course you propose
3)    Up-to-date curriculum vitae
4)    Name(s) of two referees who can comment on their work and teaching potential
Applications should be submitted electronically to with the subject: Student Initiated Proposals. 
Questions about the program can be addressed to Professor Anna Shternshis at

The deadline for applications will be 4:00pm on Friday, March 8th, 2024

Final availability of the position is contingent upon enrolment, budgetary consideration and the determination of appointments as governed by the collective agreement.


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.

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 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 During employment, to request accommodation from the University, contact the supervisor or department chair and/or Health & Wellbeing Programs & Services at For more information about accommodations at U of T, please visit our Accommodation webpage.

Duties of this position shall be performed at the campus on which the position is located. Where the duties are intended to be performed at another location, such other location will be specified in the posting.

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

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement.

Positions posted here are open to Graduate Students in the School of Graduate Studies, Postdoctoral Fellows and Undergraduate Students in the University of Toronto.