Sessional Vacancies
Winter 2012/2013

OCAD University (OCAD U) is Canada’s largest specialized university of art, media and design.  Located on a twelve-building campus in the heart of downtown Toronto, OCAD University offers a vibrant and stimulating work environment for over 400 faculty and more than 4300 undergraduate and 200 graduate students. Committed to excellence and contemporary approaches to education, OCAD University offers 13 undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) or a Bachelor of Design (BDes) degree, and seven graduate programs that result in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Design (MDes) or the Master of Arts (MA). OCAD University has recently launched the interdisciplinary Digital Futures program, and will welcome its first cohort of students in its new interdisciplinary Indigenous Visual Culture BFA in September 2013. The University has experienced remarkable growth over the past five years and requires outstanding creative researchers/practitioners and gifted teachers to join OCAD U in an exciting period of institutional development and opportunity.

The Faculty of Art invites applications for the following anticipated course offerings in the 2012/13 winter semester, January 7 – April 15, 2013:

Rethinking Abstraction from an Aboriginal Perspective
0.50 Credit(s)│Studio/Seminar

Students will explore the history of abstract image making from an aboriginal perspective. Theoretical and historical developments in aboriginal pictorial practice and their impact and influence on the development of American modernist notions of abstraction will be considered within the studio environment, in slide presentations and through readings. In studio projects and written assignments students will investigate and respond to contemporary expressions of meaning, narrative and spirituality, and innovative approaches to aboriginal abstract painting.

Notes: This course is part of a menu of required 3rd year DRPT Studio/Seminar courses. Priority in registration is given to Drawing & Painting Majors.

Creative Process: Wearable Art
0.50 Credit(s) │Studio

The creative process unfolds through research, discovery, and production that combine and form the basis of an art practice.

This course provides the opportunity to explore the rich capabilities and inherent expressiveness of the human form. It focuses on creating works of art meant to live on and around the body. Students will research and create interactive and participation-based projects that explore both physical and psychological engagement. Topics will include fashion, wearable electronics, textiles and materials, body language, proxemics, and nonverbal communication.

Notes: New code and title: formerly GART 1B14 Nature and Culture

Narrative Strategies: Contemporary Aboriginal Sculpture and Installation
0.50 Credit(s) │Studio

Narrative is the unfolding of events, thoughts and ideas, stories, histories and memories which can be constructed in any medium. Key to contemporary visual practice is the examination and exploration of narrative expectations. This course enables students to explore and express narrative structures through the production of multiples, series, and sequences. Group and individual assignments develop students' understanding of narrative and its influence on contemporary art practice, as made evident in Contemporary Aboriginal Practice.

Notes: New title and code: formerly GART 1B09 Narrative, Series and Sequence

Teaching and related responsibilities include: course development, course outline development, preparation and delivery; student advising; participation in Faculty and program meetings; studio supervision where applicable, including responsibility for health & safety and meeting academic and curricular requirements and deadlines.

The successful applicant should have an MFA and an in-depth understanding of contemporary art practice and its underlying contexts, proficiency in both material and digital realms, and excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills. Post-secondary teaching experience is preferred.

Sessional appointments are fixed-term contracts of up to five studio courses per academic year, not renewable beyond 5 years. Courses are scheduled to run for thirteen week periods during the Winter 2012/13 Semester. Sessional salary rates $3,861 – 5,147 per course, plus 11% pay in lieu of vacation and benefits. The position posted is subject to budgetary approval and satisfactory enrolment levels.

Please send a letter of intent, current CV, the names and coordinates of 3 referees, 10 visuals of recent work, and an overview of the course content or a statement of teaching philosophy with a self-addressed/stamped envelope to:

Rakhi Dewan, Program Assistant, Faculty of Art
Faculty of Art
OCAD University
100 McCaul Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1W1
E-mail: rdewan@ocadu.ca


As an employment equity employer, we encourage applications from women, aboriginals, visible minorities, and people with disabilities. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. In accordance with past practice, internal candidates shall receive priority consideration.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.

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