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Chair, Illustration



Friday, February 22, 2019


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

The Faculty of Design is seeking a, dynamic, and collaborative academic leader to assume the position of Chair of the Illustration Program in order to facilitate the decolonization of Illustrative practices and theory. 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.

In order to alleviate the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous tenure-track faculty and academic administrators, priority in hiring will be given 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. Commensurate with this Chair, Illustration position is a tenure-track/tenured appointment at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor. This appointment is expected to commence on August 1, 2019 and is subject to budgetary approval.


The successful candidate will:

-Provide academic leadership in designated program areas and support the implementation of the six priorities of the Academic Plan and strategic priorities of the University, including the Diversity & Equity Action Plan
-Work closely with Associate Dean, Academic Affairs on the development of recruitment and retention strategy for designated programs, including the monitoring of enrolment projections/targets and the establishment of admissions team and criteria
-Convene and Chair meetings with faculty and curriculum leaders to lead the review, development and implementation of new and revised curriculum, as well as propose curricular and program changes to the Curriculum and Innovation Committee of Faculty (CICOF)
-Participate in undergraduate program reviews and in the preparation and implementation of the review’s recommendations in compliance with the OCAD U Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP)
-Provide input in planning and preparation of the Faculty annual operating budget in consultation with the Director, Academic Relations, as well as oversee the accounts and provide periodic reports to the Dean regarding fiscal matters of the Illustration program
-Contribute to a collaborative environment and initiatives across faculties
-Maintain an active professional practice within diverse fields of illustration
-Provide service to the 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

In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to:

Academic Staffing and Planning:

-In conjunction with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Manager, Faculty of Dean Office, ensure business continuity by developing annual course scheduling and faculty assignments in the Illustration Program
-Oversee the work of curriculum leaders and faculty working on special projects and initiatives
Participate in the hiring of Tenure-Track, Continuing, Contractually Limited Term (CLTA) and Teaching-Intensive Stream (TIS) faculty
-In consultation with the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, provide input in faculty performance reviews and interviews
-Oversee the review of faculty course outlines

Outreach and Fundraising:

-Act as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Illustration Design Program, and work with the Dean and Associate Deans on fundraising initiatives and creative leadership projects
-Provide stewardship and continuity for the existing relationships with donors and external partners/projects

Communication and Representation:

-Work with the Dean, Associate Deans and other Chairs to communicate and consult regularly with students and faculty regarding matters pertaining to the designated programs and the Faculty as a whole
-Hold regular faculty and student office hours and provide monthly reports to the Dean
-Liaise with various University offices and stakeholders and participate in academic committees and University governance
-In consultation with the Office Manager, assign and oversee the work of the Program Assistant and provide input in their annual performance reviews and setting of annual objectives
-In conjunction with the Associate Dean, Outreach and Innovation, other Chairs, Studio Management, Information Technology (IT) Services, and Facilities, support the management of facilities and allocation of resources and address issues arising from studio, computer classroom facilities to ensure a healthy and safe work environment


The ideal candidate will have:

-A MDes (PhD considered as asset) or equivalent degree or experience
-A minimum of three (3) years of teaching experience at the post secondary level with an excellent record of professional activity in the various illustration disciplines, as well as an affinity for cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration
-A critical understanding of historical and contemporary illustration practices as well as familiarity with the various illustration professional communities
-Lived experience and/or a solid theoretical/conceptual understanding of intersectional racialized and/or Indigenous epistemologies in illustration
-Excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational abilities
-An excellent record of projects, publications, and/or exhibitions at the national and international level
-Familiarity with the labor/management agreements, such as OCAD U’s current Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is considered an asset
-Understanding of the six priorities of OCAD U Academic Plan, and other Strategic Plans
-Experience proactively advancing equity and sustainability in curriculum, teaching, scholarship, and creative/professional activities
-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
-Demonstrated academic leadership, collegiality, conflict resolution skills, sensitivity to the needs to students and the ability to take initiative


The Chair appointment will be for the period from August 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022, with the possibility of renewal for an additional term of up to three years. This position is full-time, including approximately 50% of administrative release and 50% teaching; the scheduling will be determined in consultation and agreement with the Dean, Faculty of Design.


Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualification with access to full benefits, and pension contribution after one year of service. This academic leadership role includes a stipend with access to professional development funding.


Applications should include the following in PDF format: a letter of intent stating the candidate’s interest in the position and academic administration/leadership, as well as their interest in teaching and research/professional practice. A curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of approach to decolonizing design praxis, 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 and academic administrators, priority in hiring will be given 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.