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Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor, Illustration

OCAD University


Friday, February 22, 2019


Interested applicants are invited to submit their application in confidence, addressed to Chair, Tenure-Track, Illustration Search Committee, Faculty of Design online by clicking the "Apply Now" button at

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.

The Faculty of Design invites applications for a full-time tenure-track teaching position within the Illustration Program at the rank of Assistant Professor. 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. This appointment is expected to commence on August 1, 2019 and is subject to budgetary approval.


The successful candidate will:

-maintain an active professional practice within illustration relevant to the lived experience of intersectional racialized and/or Indigenous epistemologies
-support the full expression of OCAD U students’ diverse identities through decolonizing, diverse, inclusive, and equitable pedagogies
-perform course outline development, studio preparation, and course delivery inclusive of lectures, critiques, grading, mid-term evaluations and final evaluations/reviews, including responsibility for health & safety and meeting academic and curricular requirements and deadlines
-provide service to the program, Faculty, and University-wide governance system, as well as participate in building the University community and promoting the quality of student life and University culture


The ideal candidate will have:

-a Master’s degree in relevant illustration, art, or design disciplines; PhD considered an asset
-a minimum of two (2) year previous experience teaching in illustration or strongly illustration driven art or design programs, or equivalent work experience. Supervision of graduate students considered an asset
-a notable record of recognized professional practice as an illustrator or figurative/narrative painter relevant to the lived experience of intersectional racialized and/or Indigenous epistemologies in the field
-a critical understanding of historical and contemporary illustration practices as well as familiarity with the various illustration professional communities
-experience proactively advancing decolonizing, diverse, inclusive, and equitable approaches to illlustration curriculum and teaching, professional activities and/or scholarship, and community building
-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
-a proven record of promoting a respectful and inclusive work and learning environment for students, staff, and faculty.


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/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, a statement of approach to decolonizing design praxis; evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as sample assignments, student feedback, course evaluations, etc.); 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.

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, this position is open only 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.