OCAD University (OCAD U), Canada’s university of the imagination, provides a vibrant and stimulating environment for its faculty and students. Committed to excellence and contemporary approaches to education, OCAD U offers seventeen undergraduate programs, seven graduate programs, and a variety of continuing education courses in art, media and design. OCAD U is currently seeking outstanding, creative researchers/practitioners and gifted, collaborative teachers to augment its professoriate in this opportunity. It is an exciting time to join the OCAD U community as the University is at a key stage in its institutional transformation, with its Creative City Campus capital project and the implementation of its Academic Plan with six guiding principles: decolonization, diversity and equity, sustainability, valuing faculty, interdisciplinarity and health and wellness.
TENURE/TENURE-TRACK POSITION (ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR)
FACULTY OF DESIGN
The Faculty of Design is seeking a, dynamic, and collaborative academic leader to assume the position of Chair of the Illustration Program in order to facilitate the decolonization of Illustrative practices and theory. The undergraduate Illustration Program delivers studio-based education supporting the creation of effective, communicative and artful images that complement or transcend the written word. Students are supported in developing their own individual artistic voices to examine the world in which we live and critically reflect on society. In addition to technical studio-based activities such as drawing, painting and emerging technologies, the Illustration program focuses on conceptual thinking and problem solving; innovation; collaboration; communication; research; critical analysis; project management; engaging audiences; historical and social issues; ethics, contextual and theoretical awareness; and personal and artistic growth. Under the ethos of Respectful Design, the Faculty of Design is committed to the decolonization of design in order to champion diversity, equity and inclusion and thus requires all applicants to demonstrate the same.
In order to alleviate the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous tenure-track faculty and academic administrators, priority in hiring will be given to qualified racialized and Indigenous persons who self-identify as such in the application process. This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code. Commensurate with this Chair, Illustration position is a tenure-track/tenured appointment at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor. This appointment is expected to commence on August 1, 2019 and is subject to budgetary approval.
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
The successful candidate will:
In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to:
Academic Staffing and Planning:
Outreach and Fundraising:
Communication and Representation:
The ideal candidate will have:
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
The Chair appointment will be for the period from August 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022, with the possibility of renewal for an additional term of up to three years. This position is full-time, including approximately 50% of administrative release and 50% teaching; the scheduling will be determined in consultation and agreement with the Dean, Faculty of Design.
Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualification with access to full benefits, and pension contribution after one year of service. This academic leadership role includes a stipend with access to professional development funding.
Applications should include the following in PDF format: a letter of intent stating the candidate’s interest in the position and academic administration/leadership, as well as their interest in teaching and research/professional practice. A curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of approach to decolonizing design praxis, a web address or link to an online portfolio of recent work; and the names and contact information of three referees. All submissions must be in PDF format.
Interested applicants are invited to submit their application in confidence, addressed to Chair, Illustration Search Committee online by clicking the "Apply Now" button below.
The review of applications will begin on Friday February 22, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.
As an institution committed to art, design, digital media and related scholarship, OCAD University (OCAD U) recognizes the profound and essential value that diversity brings to the creation, reception and circulation of creative practices and discourse. OCAD U 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.
In order to alleviate the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous tenure-track faculty and academic administrators, priority in hiring will be given to qualified racialized and Indigenous persons who self-identify as such in the application process. This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
OCAD U 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 contact 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.