Sessional Lecturer – ITA345H1S – Cinema of the Italian Diasporas (EMERGENCY POSTING)

University of Toronto

Date Posted: 11/24/2022
Req ID: 28628
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Department of Italian Studies
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


Course number and title
: ITA345H1S – Cinema of the Italian Diasporas

Course description: Italian-Americans have a long and varied history in the cinematic traditions of Hollywood. Hollywood’s fascination with Italian mobsters and other cultural stereotypes surrounding Italian-Americans have given rise to some of the most significant films in American popular culture including: The Godfather Trilogy, Goodfellas, Big Night, Moonstruck, and Do the Right Thing. This course examines the history of Italian-Americans in Hollywood and focus on how diasporic directors, actors, and communities have grappled with their representation in Hollywood cinema. We will engage with film theory as well as a body of work on racial and cultural stereotypes. Students will also pay close attention to the socio-cultural context in which each film screened was produced and distributed, allowing them to situate these cultural artifacts within broader histories of Italian diasporas.

Estimated course enrolment
: 50 students

Estimated TA support: 1 T.A.

Class schedule: Thursdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Please note, this course is scheduled to be delivered in-person.

Sessional dates of appointment: January 1, 2023 – April 30, 2023

Sessional Lecturer I = $8,489.67
Sessional Lecturer I, Long Term = $8,869.25
Sessional Lecturer II = $9,085.58
Sessional Lecturer III = $9,301.90

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.

Minimum qualifications: A PhD in cinema and media studies, diaspora studies, Italian studies or equivalent required; experience teaching in a university environment required.

Preferred qualifications: Basic familiarity with the Italian language preferred; relevant background in cinema and diaspora studies, proven interest in the Italian diasporic experience with the North American film industries, and track record and publications in the intersection between cinema and diaspora studies preferred.

Description of duties
: Duties include course preparation and delivery of course content; designing and preparing tests, assignments, and exams; marking written and oral assignments, tests, and exams; calculating and submitting grades; holding regular office hours; leading a Teaching Assistant in marking part of the assignments by providing clear marking rubrics and checking the correct application of them; and attending course administrative meetings as required.

Application instructions: All individuals interested in this position must submit an updated Curriculum Vitae, and the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 application form (available at by email to: [email protected]

Following the closing date of the posting, selected applicants may be asked to submit an abridged syllabus. Applicants will have up to one week to submit the outline.

Closing Date:
12/05/2022, 11:59PM EDT


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.

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