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.

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.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

The ideal candidate will:

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
OCAD University
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.

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