Chair, Material Art and Design
OCAD University
Toronto, Canada
2d ago


The Faculty of Design is seeking a dynamic and collaborative academic leader to assume the position of Chair of the Material Art and Design program.

The successful candidate will teach in the Faculty of Design and help to carry out the ethos of Respectful Design. The Material Art and Design Program deepens the relationship to materials that connect us to the craft of making, while applying new and traditional techniques as well as learning their cultural and historical significance.


The successful candidate will :

  • Provide academic leadership in designated program areas and support the implementation 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 Material Art and Design program
  • Contribute to a collaborative environment and initiatives across faculties
  • Maintain an active scholarly research record and / or professional practice within the field of Material Art and Design
  • 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, Academic Affairs and the Manager, Faculty of Design Office & Academic Budget Officer, ensure business continuity by developing annual course scheduling and faculty assignments in Material Art and Design 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 faculty (TIS)
  • 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 Material Art and Design Program, and work with the Dean and Associate Dean 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 Dean 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, 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 and classroom facilities and ensure Health and Safety

  • Must hold a Tenure-track or Tenured appointment with OCAD University
  • Must hold a MDes or PhD or equivalent degree or experience and possess an understanding of Material Art and Design as well as familiarity with its professional community
  • A minimum of three to five years of teaching experience at the post secondary level with an excellent record of professional activity in the various Material Art and Design disciplines, as well as an affinity for cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration
  • A solid theoretical / conceptual understanding and / or lived experienced of racialized and / or Indigenous epistemologies in Material Art and Design
  • 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 current Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is considered an asset
  • Understanding of OCAD U Strategic and Academic Plans
  • Experience proactively advancing decolonization, diversity and equity in curriculum, teaching, scholarship, and creative / professional activities
  • Demonstrated academic leadership, collegiality, conflict resolution skills, sensitivity to the needs to students and the ability to take initiative

    This appointment will be for the period of three years from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023 and is only open to current OCAD U Faculty members with Tenure-Track or Tenured status.


    This academic leadership role includes an annual stipend, administrative release (scheduling to be determined in consultation with Dean, Faculty of Design) and 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 digital portfolio of recent work / publications (if applicable)
  • The names and contact information of three referees.
  • Interested applicants are invited to submit their application in confidence, addressed to Chair, Material Art and Design Search Committee online by clicking the "Apply Now" button below.

    The review of applications will begin on Tuesday February 18, 2020 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 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.

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