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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 tenure-track 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 development of a new academic plan.

Faculty of Design

Tenure-Track Position

Assistant Professor: Graphic Design

The Faculty of Design invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Graphic Design, with a focus on screen, print, and alternative material-based interaction design. The position will commence on August 1, 2017 and is subject to budgetary approval.

The evolving Graphic Design curriculum at OCAD U engages students in design experiences that integrate research methods and studio practice to critically engage with local and global visual culture. The vision of the program is to educate a professional designer capable of responding to a future where design seeks to improve society through active critical engagement, rather than passive service, what we call Respectful Design. Students are expected to consider design as authorship, investigation and experimentation, in addition to being a pragmatic response to industry expectations.

The undergraduate program in Graphic Design is seeking candidates capable of enhancing our curriculum and research in the areas of cultural, social and technological systems, and critical/experimental/speculative design, at the intersections of contemporary screen, paper, and alternative material-based technologies and approaches. Through collaboration with the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Assistant Professor, Graphic Design will support design initiatives related to the Indigenous Visual Culture Program (INVC).

The pedagogical focus of the candidate will be screen, paper, and alternative material-based interaction design as it is practiced across different media and technological platforms. A broad conception of interaction design is desired to fuel potential cross-disciplinary efforts with other programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Candidates should submit their interest in response to one or more of the following categories of practice:

  • innovative screen, print, and alternative-material technologies with an understanding and incorporation of principles of Indigenous visual sovereignty;
  • The integration of Indigenous principles and interactive communication design principles into screen and print media; and
  • Contemporary and approaches to systems design, technology, and global graphic visual culture with an Indigenous focus.

Summary Of Responsibilities

The successful candidate will:

  • teach primarily across multiple year levels in the Graphic Design undergraduate program with potential opportunity to teach in across other undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • assume a key role in the ongoing development of the Graphic Design undergraduate program curriculum in the areas of screen, paper, and alternative material-based interaction design, policies and promotion, contribute to the development of an Indigenous perspective of curriculum and governance, and participate in Faculty and Program meetings and initiatives;
  • support and act as a liaison to the Indigenous Visual Cultural Program (INVC);
  • maintain an active research, professional practice and/or scholarship within relevant discipline;
  • provide service to the faculty and University-wide governance system, as well as participate building the University community and promoting the quality of student life and University culture.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • a terminal degree in design;
  • a thorough knowledge of design history, theory and practice within one or more of the categories of practice mentioned;  
  • a high level of expertise in one or more of the fields of practice mentioned along with a body of work demonstrating broad applications to current trends and technologies relating to evolving design practices, digital products and experiences;
  • a proven record of teaching at the post-secondary level and show an aptitude for innovative curriculum development. Previous experience teaching in interdisciplinary programs, and teaching and supervising graduate students will be considered assets;
  • a proven record of research and/or professional practice relevant to qualifications, experience and discipline;
  • experience proactively advancing equity and sustainability in curriculum, teaching, scholarship, and creative/professional activities;
  • a proven record of promoting a respectful and inclusive work and learning environment for students, staff, and faculty.
  • a demonstrated understanding of the ways in which equity, Indigenous knowledge, and sustainability are fundamental to the quality of student experience, to innovative scholarship, and to design production;


Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications with access to full benefits, and pension contribution after one year of service.

Application Deadline

Applications should include: a letter of intent stating the candidate’s interests in the areas of teaching, research/professional practice, and service to Faculty- and University-wide governance; a curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy that responds to the profile of the position; evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as sample assignments, student feedback, course evaluations, etc.); a digital portfolio of recent work/publications (if applicable); and the names and contact information of three referees.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application in confidence, addressed to Chair, Graphic Design, Tenure-Track Search Committee, Faculty of Design, online by visiting the Employment Opportunities page of our website:

The review of applications will begin on February 15, 2017and 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 their letter of intent in their application.

In order to alleviate the under-representation of Indigenous tenure-track faculty and academic administrators, this opportunity is open only to qualified Indigenous persons from a region within North America (i.e., Canada, United States, or Mexico) who self-identify as such in the application process. This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

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 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.