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Thread Lead, EDI, Anti-Racism, and Social Justice

Department: School of Medicine
Position supervisor: Interim Assistant Dean Curricular Innovation
Contract length: 1 year (reassessed and renewed annually)
Hours of work per week: 3.63 or 0.1 FTCE
Position type: Clinical Faculty 
Rate of pay: Contract paid at the rate of $500/half day

About the School of Medicine

It’s time to transform medical education. Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Medicine is being designed to shift the paradigm of healthcare delivery and improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities. With a community-driven, intentionally inclusive approach, the new school will train doctors whose cultural awareness and humility are as crucial as their medical skills.

Led by Dr. Teresa M. Chan, a forward-thinking educational leader, TMU’s School of Medicine will draw on the university’s commitment to community, equity, and innovation to address rapidly changing healthcare needs. The school will train a new generation of physicians who are ready to learn, to adapt, and ultimately to be agents of change.

Work across the School of Medicine will be supported by its Social Accountability office to ensure a focus on Black community health, Indigenous community health, anti-racism, anti-ableism, disability inclusion and universal design, anti-homophobia and transphobia, to create a positive health environment for LGBTQ2SI+, and to serve and work in partnership with historically under-represented and under-served communities as a positive space.

Brampton/Peel and its surrounding communities, are part of the Treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit.  We acknowledge that these lands are also the shared space of Anishinabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Ojibway/Chippewa and Métis peoples.

We honour the Indigenous peoples who cared for this land for thousands of years before us, and commit to valuing the Two Row Wampum. This Living Treaty represents settlers and Indigenous peoples moving forward together, in parallel, respecting each other’s ways of being, knowing and doing. 

We honour the Dish with One Spoon Treaty, and in this spirit we strive to treat the land and people of our community with mutual respect, taking only what we need and sharing what is available to ensure sustainability for those that follow us.

The opportunity

The Thread Lead, EDI, Anti-Racism, and Social Justice holds a pivotal role in TMU’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, collaborating with undergraduate medical education (UGME) leaders to integrate and develop thread-specific content across the School of Medicine’s 4-year curriculum, deliver Program Learning Outcomes, and ensure alignment with SOM’s educational vision. The Thread Lead, EDI, Anti-Racism, and Social Justice acts as SoM’s subject matter expert in facilitating effective learning and assessment for medical students, including overseeing and engaging in the creation, delivery, assessment, and improvement of curriculum across all Program years in order to integrate learning for identified roles within cases and other learning modalities.  

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Medicine or equivalent (i.e. MBBS), in an area aligned with medical education and/or EDI, Anti-Racism, and Social Justice.
  • Must have or be eligible for an appointment to the TMU Clinical Faculty.
  • Five  years’ experience in EDI, Anti-Racism, and Social Justice in a post-secondary setting, with direct experience in curriculum design and delivery in medical education or a related health degree program.
  • Experience teaching in higher education.
  • Knowledge of and understanding of implementation of competency-based education.
  • Physician in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) and active membership with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), or equivalent.
  • Extensive knowledge of EDI, Anti-Racism, and Social Justice to lead in and enable design and delivery within and across the UGME curriculum.
  • Ability to construct and lead innovative assessment practices for EDI, Anti-Racism, and Social Justice.
  • Experience with innovative student-centered pedagogical approaches to learning.
  • Leadership skills and ability to engage in collaborative consultations and effective respectful communications with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong commitment and focus to principles of equity and community inclusion and reconciliation in medical education.
  • Record of educational research, and publication/presentations for peer review.

How to apply - Deadline to Apply April 19, 2024

The preference is for applications to be submitted online through the Google form available   (google form) here (external link) . If a candidate does not have access to a Google account, applications may be submitted via email to medicine@torontomu.ca. Applications submitted by email should include:

  • The position the applicant is applying for
  • The applicant’s name and contact information
  • Whether the applicant is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

All applications should include the following components as separate attachments:

Curriculum Vitae (CV):

Please provide a detailed curriculum vitae highlighting your relevant education, work experience, skills, and accomplishments. 

Cover Letter:

Please provide a brief cover letter introducing yourself and explaining why you are interested in the Thread Lead,EDI, Anti-Racism, and Social Justice. Be sure to comment specifically on your background and experiences, as noted in the section “Qualifications” above, within medical education and any current or past involvement with the institutions providing healthcare in Brampton and surrounding areas.

Response to Application Question:

  1. In 500 words or less - Outline your strategy in developing and executing effective learning and assessment for the Thread Lead, EDI, Anti-Racism, and Social Justice position for the Undergraduate Program at the School of Medicine.
  2. In 500 words or less - Describe how your strategy aligns with TMU School of Medicine’s mission and ensures equity, diversity and inclusivity in the delivery of the curriculum.

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.

About Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, TMU is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture.

At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

TMU welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us in realizing the benefits of embedding these values into the work at every level and in every unit of the university. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada and to bring lived experiences to the work, we encourage applications from members of equity deserving groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples in Canada, First Nations Peoples in the United States, racialized people, Black people, persons with disabilities, women, and  2SLGBTQ+ people. 

In April 2022, the university announced our new name of Toronto Metropolitan University, which will be implemented in a phased approach. Learn more about our next chapter.

Toronto Metropolitan University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

  • We encourage all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America, to self-identify in their applications.
  • Toronto Metropolitan University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and aims to ensure that independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity are embedded in all aspects of the university culture. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the Accessibility and Human Rights websites.
  • Candidates who belong to one or more of the equity-deserving groups recognized at TMU are welcome to connect with Ahmed Ahmed [a.ahmed@torontomu.ca], Interim Executive Director, Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion.
  • For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the application please contact medicine@torontomu.ca.