OCAD U Human Resources

Assistant Professor, Art & Social Change, Faculty of Art

Location: External Postings – Academic
Job Code: 540
# of openings: 1


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 4475 undergraduate and 250 graduate students. Committed to excellence and contemporary approaches to education, OCAD University offers 17 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. Click here for more information.

Faculty of Art
Tenure-Track Position

 Assistant Professor

The Faculty of Art invites applications for one full-time tenure-track teaching position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Art & Social Change. The successful applicant for the position will be expected to teach in and to lead: the Art & Social Change minor and contribute significantly to the ongoing development of the minor into a Cross-Disciplinary Art specialization in Art & Social Change. The new hire will be also teaching Contemporary Issues: Art Today curriculum across the Faculty of Art and contribute to the programing of the new centre for Experiential Learning and teach at the graduate level. The ideal candidate will have a substantial record of a social activist studio art practice and community involvement and contribution in the area of art and social justice. The new hire will be expected to work collaboratively with Toronto’s community-engaged arts networks and to lead ongoing collaborations with various community organizations and partners and the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers at OCAD University. The Faculty of Art is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and requires applicants to demonstrate the same commitment along with dedication to pedagogical innovation and academic excellence. This position is expected to commence August 1, 2015 and is subject to budgetary approval.


The successful candidate will:

  • teach undergraduate courses Art & Social Change and contribute to ongoing development of the new specialization;
  • demonstrate leadership and contribute to programming of the new Experiential Learning Centre;
  • contribute significantly to the development of new curriculum in Art and Social Change and the redevelopment of Contemporary Issues curriculum housed in each of the Faculty of Art programs;
  • lead and work collaboratively on the longer term development of research activities and strategic projects that advance the mission of Art & Social Change;
  • perform service at the University, including committees, peer representation, participation in outreach, research and innovation projects;
  • carry on a professional art practice and research and contribute to the realization of OCAD U strategic research plan involving a focus on research-creation and critically informed contemporary practice;
  • teach at the graduate level and supervise/advise MFA/MA students;
  • contribute to the governance of the Faculty of Art and the implementation of the Faculty academic plan;
  • work collaboratively with community stakeholders and faculty colleagues across OCAD University;
  • contribute to ongoing efforts in ensuring sustainability, equity and diversity of OCAD University.


The ideal candidate will:

  • hold A PhD or an MFA social/critical practice;
  • demonstrate a record of practice and research directed to the advancement of equity, diversity, cultural advocacy and the promotion of social and/or environmental justice;
  • have a critical understanding of contemporary art activism and relational art practices;
  • demonstrate an understanding of contemporary art theory and commitment to equity and diversity efforts and cross-cultural perspectives pertinent to the context of studio art teaching;
  • have a sustained record of exhibition/and or research publications;
  • have experience in curriculum development and interest in critical pedagogy, pedagogical innovation and alternative learning modes, such as placement learning, on-line/hybrid learning;
  • have in-depth knowledge of discipline-based as well as cross-disciplinary contemporary art practices;
  • have a record of leadership and collaboration in community building and commitment to critical engagement and cultural advocacy;
  • have outstanding inter-personal skills, communication and organizational abilities;
  • have post-secondary teaching experience in studio art and/or liberal arts institutions;
  • 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. Click here to apply.

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