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OCAD U: Assistant Professor, Interaction Design

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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 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.


FACULTY OF DESIGN
TENURE-TRACK
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: INTERACTION DESIGN

The Faculty of Design invites applications for a full-time tenure-track teaching position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Interaction Design. The undergraduate programs in Digital Futures, Graphic Design, and Industrial Design are seeking candidates capable of enhancing existing and future curriculum and research areas in the design of new interactive digital products and/or objects, exhibits or installations. A broad conception of interaction design is desired to fuel cross-disciplinary efforts between programs at the undergraduate level. The successful candidate will address the shifting political situations, financial structures, and ecological strategies that shape the contemporary practice of design through an engagement with speculative methodologies and emerging technologies. 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.

 

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES

The successful candidate will:

teach across the Industrial Design, Graphic Design, and Digital Futures undergraduate programs, with a  primary home in the Industrial Design program

maintain an active professional practice and/or research and scholarship within Interaction Design 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

assume a key role in the development of the curriculum and pedagogical practices in relation to existing and emerging areas and course design and delivery methods for interaction design within industrial and graphic design disciplines

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


QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will have:

a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline with a strong design background, or equivalent experience; PhD considered an asset

a minimum of two (2) years previous experience teaching in interdisciplinary programs focusing on Interaction Design with speculative, critical, and/or inclusive approaches, or equivalent experience. Supervision of graduate students considered an asset

a proven record of professional practice and/or research relevant to the lived experience of intersectional racialized and/or Indigenous epistemologies in Interaction Design

a critical understanding of accessibility, co-design, and inclusive Interaction Design principles and practices as well as familiarity with the various Interaction Design professional communities

experience proactively advancing decolonizing, diverse, inclusive, and equitable approaches to Interaction Design curriculum and teaching, professional activities and/or scholarship, and community building

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


REMUNERATION

Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications with access to full benefits, and pension contribution after one year of service.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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 digital portfolio of recent work/publications (if applicable); and the names and contact information of three referees. All submissions must be in PDF format.

 

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

 

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.

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