OCAD University is Canada’s largest specialized University of art, media and design. Located on a twelve-building campus in the heart of downtown Toronto, the University offers a vibrant and stimulating work environment for over 600 faculty and more than 4050 undergraduate and 230 graduate students. Committed to excellence and contemporary approaches to education, OCAD University offers 15 undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA), a Bachelor of Design (BDes) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, and six graduate programs that result in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Design (MDes), the Master of Arts (MA) or a Graduate Diploma. Recent programs include the interdisciplinary Digital Futures offerings, an interdisciplinary Indigenous Visual Culture BFA and an Honours BA in Visual and Critical Studies (Art History). The University has experienced remarkable growth over the past five years and requires outstanding researchers; creative researchers/practitioners and gifted teachers to join OCAD University in an exciting period of institutional development and opportunity.
FACULTY OF DESIGN
Assistant/Associate Professor: Illustration
The Faculty of Design invites applications for one 100% tenure-track teaching position or two 50% tenure-track teaching positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the Illustration program. The undergraduate Illustration Program delivers a contemporary studio-based education encompassing editorial, book, institutional and advertising illustration; decorative and packaging design; graphic design; posters; hand lettering; galleries and museums; way-finding, information graphics and signage; merchandise; product and surface design; comics and graphic novels; storyboarding and concept art; animation; social, ecological and political commentary and activism; web site design; private and public space installation; altruism and entrepreneurship. 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; understanding audiences; historical and social issues; ethics, contextual and theoretical awareness; and personal and artistic growth. These objectives provide a firm foundation not only in Illustration, but can be applied to other creative businesses or endeavors. This position is expected to commence July 1, 2014 and is subject to budgetary approval.
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES
The successful candidate will be expected to:
- teach at multiple year levels in the Illustration undergraduate Program;
- assume a key role in the ongoing development of the Illustration Undergraduate Program curriculum, policies and promotion, participating in Faculty and Program meetings and initiatives;
- maintain an active research or published/exhibited illustration practice profile;
- contribute actively to curriculum development in the Faculty of Design and the realization of OCAD U’s Academic Plan initiatives;
- provide service to the Faculty- and University-wide governance system, as well as service activities and outreach initiatives that contribute to the academic life and profile of the University.
The ideal candidate will:
- hold a graduate degree in art or design, or have exemplary professional practice in Illustration;
- have a high level of expertise in Illustration, with experience and current practice as an illustrator with notable commissions and industry recognition;
- have a body of work demonstrating broad applications to contemporary publishing, such as editorial, book, institutional and advertising media, as well as emerging areas for Illustration in animation, three-dimensional media and entrepreneurship;
- be knowledgeable of visual communication principles, theory and history, relevant to the discipline of Illustration;
- show an aptitude for innovative curriculum development and new forms of delivery such as e-learning in a degree-granting art and design university;
- have a proven record of teaching experience exemplifying contemporary studio pedagogy and an active role in program and/or curriculum development at a post-secondary level including graduate student advising and supervision;
- have outstanding communication, interpersonal and time-management skills;
- have a demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity, and proven ability to work effectively and collegially with a diverse population.
Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications with access to full benefits and pension contribution after one year of service.
Applications should include a letter of intent stating the candidate’s interests in the areas of teaching, research/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, a digital portfolio of recent work/publications (if applicable); and the names and contact information of three referees, whose reference letters should be sent separately to Dr. Gayle Nicoll, Dean, Faculty of Design.
The review of applications will begin on March 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.
Please submit applications in confidence to:
Catherine Magowan, Assistant, Faculty of Design
100 McCaul Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1W1
Fax: (416) 977-3034
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, 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.