27 Apr 2016

Dean, Faculty of Design | OCAD University (OCAD U)

Faculty of Design, OCAD University


Full-time position: Dean, Faculty of Design

OCAD University (OCAD U), Canada’s university of the imagination and Canada’s largest specialized university for art, design, and media, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Faculty of Design.

The Dean of Design is responsible for the educational and research leadership, development and supervision of the Faculty of Design and its alignment with the academic plan and integration into the larger strategic plan of the University, including OCAD U’s strategic equity priorities to grow and diversify student enrollment and faculty and to expand existing programs, further new curricular directions and ensure that students are informed by a wide spectrum of knowledge and experience embodied in an inclusive variety of communities, philosophies and ways of knowing.

Working collaboratively and in close consultation with the other Deans and reporting to the Vice-President, Academic & Provost, the Dean will promote effective management of the University’s academic programs, research, outreach, support its educational goals, and enrich University life.


The ideal candidate will be a visionary educational leader, with an advanced degree in design or related discipline, a significant record of professional and/or research activity in the field, and substantial teaching and administrative experience. Candidates will have a proven ability to develop and implement innovative undergraduate and graduate curriculum in design; an understanding of digital and analogue mediums and emerging practices; as well as strong knowledge of experiential studio learning, research practice in design, and current issues in design and education. Strong administrative skills, exceptional communication and problem-solving skills, and a transparent, collaborative leadership style, are essential.  A willingness and desire to embrace new and innovative ways to move the University forward and to develop and implement strategic priorities and initiatives to advance equity and sustainability, and promote positive transformation and change within the Faculty of Design are also essential.

About OCAD U

Located on a twelve-building campus in the heart of downtown Toronto, OCAD University offers a vibrant and stimulating work environment for over 600 faculty and academic staff, more than 4360 undergraduate students, and over 250 graduate students. Committed to excellence and contemporary approaches to education, research, and creation, OCAD University offers 17 undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), a Bachelor of Design (BDes) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, and seven graduate programs that result in a Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Design (MDes), or Master of Arts (MA). Recently introduced programs include the interdisciplinary Digital Futures undergraduate and graduate program offerings, an interdisciplinary Indigenous Visual Culture BFA, an Honours BA in Visual and Critical Studies (Art History), and an MDes in Design for Health.  At the undergraduate level, Faculty of Design offers programs in Advertising, Environmental Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design and Material Art & Design. The University has experienced remarkable growth over the past five years and has attracted outstanding researchers, creative researchers/practitioners, and gifted teachers who bring to OCAD University their dedication to pedagogical innovation and academic excellence.

Application procedure

The Search Committee will begin consideration of candidates in late April 2016, with the new Dean expected to take office August 1, 2016 or as mutually agreed. For further information and details on how to apply, please download the Appointment Details via the Perrett Laver website by visiting www.perrettlaver.com/candidates and quoting reference 2404. 


As an employer committed to the principles of employment equity, we encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientation or gender identity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

OCAD U is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. For more information, please refer to OCAD U's accommodation policy.