Position Description

Non-Credit Instructor: Discussion Topics in Visual Culture: English for Art & Design
Job Code 1357
Job Category Faculty and Non-Credit Instructors
Employment Type Permanent
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The Office of Continuing Studies invites applications for the following anticipated course offering in the Summer 2018 semester.


Discussion Topics in Visual Culture: English for Art & Design

July 3, 2018 – August 9, 2018; Monday – Thursday; 9:00am – 11:00am and/or 1:00pm - 3:00pm (6 weeks) (no class on August 6, 2018)


Position Summary:

English for Art and Design (EAD) is a six week summer program for English Language Learners (ESL/multilingual students) who are already accepted to OCAD University and are planning on starting in September. The EAD program will teach students the language skills required to talk and write about their work, negotiate group projects, and participate in class discussions. The EAD program is designed for OCAD U students and taught by OCAD U instructors.

The EAD Instructor reports to the Director, Office of Continuing Studies. The EAD Instructor will work closely with the EAD teaching team to deliver one section of the Discussion Topics in Visual Culture and provide learning support for English Language Learners (ELL) in the EAD Program, with an aim of enhancing ELL student academic performance and engagement.



Course outline development, preparation and delivery; participation in Instructor and program meetings



  • Completed a Master’s degree in Fine Art, Design, Linguistics, or Education.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of ESL/EAP teaching experience in a post-secondary education environment
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience working in a university writing centre or similar student support unit delivering programs to enhance student learning, or equivalent
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, and organizational skills
  • Past or present art and/or design practice an asset
  • Experience studying and/or working in another language strongly preferred
  • In-depth understanding of ELL student writing and learning issues in higher education
  • Excellent academic and professional writing skills with knowledge of different writing genres and disciplines; familiarity with both art and design writing genres a strong asset
  • Excellent group facilitation and instructional skills
  • Demonstrated experience supporting student writers and learners of diverse backgrounds and with diverse learning styles
  • Experience collaborating with faculty in an educational capacity an asset
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity; and proven ability to deal effectively with a diverse population

Hours of Work: A total of 56 hours; 44 hours in class, 10 additional hours for planning and meetings (hours to be determined) and 2 additional hours for the final reception on August 10, 2018.

Terms of Employment: The contract is for the duration of the course only and is subject to sufficient enrolment.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Applications should include:  a resume, cover letter and contact information for three references.

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin on Friday May 18th 2018 at 4:00 pm and will continue until the position is filled


As an institution committed to art, design, digital media and related scholarship, OCAD University recognizes the profound and essential value that diversity brings to the creation, reception and circulation of creative practices and discourse.  OCAD University understands that valuing diverse creative practices and forms of knowledge are essential to, and enrich the institution’s core mission and vision as an art and design university with a local and global scope.

As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

We encourage members of equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire .

  OCAD University is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contac t Human Resources for more information or refer to OCAD U’s Policy of Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.


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