2 Feb 2018
- 1 Aug 2018

Tenure-Track/Tenured Position Associate Professor/Professor: Interdisciplinary Appointment: Strategic Foresight & Innovation and Graphic Design OCAD University



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 tenure-track/tenured 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 - decolonisation, diversity and equity, sustainability, valuing faculty, interdisciplinarity and health and wellness.

The Strategic Foresight & Innovation graduate program (SFI), in partnership with the Graphic Design (GRPH) undergraduate program at OCAD University, invites applications from outstanding, social justice-focused innovation scholars/practitioners for a tenure-track/tenured faculty position at the Associate Professor to Professor levels. The position would support our current efforts to build a faculty with the practical, theoretical and methodological versatility to teach and conduct research in an interdisciplinary context. This position is to commence on August 1, 2018 and is subject to budgetary approval.

The ideal candidate will be a designer-educator-scholar who will establish and lead teaching and research that explores speculation and foresight/futures, design thinking, design fiction, and design as politics. As a researcher, they will work with students to produce internationally recognized work, and develop collaborative relationships with communities as well as government, industry and academia. Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent experience, be able to publish in peer-reviewed venues, and be able to obtain funding to support their work. Under the Faculty ethos of Respectful Design, they should value innovative and effective teaching for students from different cultural and intellectual backgrounds. Promising applicants will combine participatory and co-design approaches to working with multiple stakeholders with a criticality of cultural, social, ecological, economic, and political contexts of communication design and policy as it affects racialized and/or Indigenous communities.

Candidates should submit their interest in response to one or more of the following categories of research, teaching, and practice:

  1. Speculations on innovative design futures that affect racialized communities, including policies and practices in representation, neighborhood change, community development, social mobility, race and ethnicity, and/or immigration/slavery;
  2. Speculations on innovative design futures that affect Indigenous communities, including policies and practices as related to representation, colonialism, neighborhood change, community development, social mobility, and/or race and ethnicity;
  3. Employing design and systems thinking, praxis, and methods to speculate and generate responses to emergent conditions between communities and information in terms of access, representation and dissemination.


The successful candidate will:

  • teach in the Strategic Foresight & Innovation graduate program, and in the Graphic Design undergraduate program through design thinking, theory, research methods and speculative/fictional practices, with potential opportunity to teach across other undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • assume a key role in the development of curriculum and pedagogical practices in relation to existing and emerging areas of Strategic Foresight & Innovation and Graphic Design, and course design and delivery methods in the field of design within the above-mentioned categories of research, teaching, and practice;
  • maintain an active research program, professional practice and/or scholarship within relevant 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 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.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • a PhD or equivalent experiences in an area relevant to design, sociology, anthropology, policy/politics, and/or ethnic studies, including Indigenous studies;
  • a proven record of teaching of a minimum of five years at the post-secondary level, or equivalent experience, and show an aptitude for innovative studio- and learning outcome–based curriculum development;
  • previous experience teaching in interdisciplinary programs, with supervision of graduate students considered an asset;
  • demonstrated competencies in critical and non-extractive approaches to design research methods with racialized and/or Indigenous communities, including ethnography, Indigenous methodologies, and/or participatory co-design;
  • demonstrated competencies in systems thinking and/or system design;
  • a proven record of research and/or professional practice relevant to qualifications, experience and discipline;
  • 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 planning and production;
  • a proven record of promoting a respectful and inclusive work and learning environment for students, staff, and faculty.


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



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 contribution that you can make to teaching in the Strategic Foresight and Innovation program, especially in respect of innovation in delivery and content; evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as sample assignments, student feedback, course evaluations, etc.); a statement of research/practice philosophy describing your practice/research plans and how they
will impact on the profile of the Strategic Foresight & Innovation program and the Graphic Design program; a digital portfolio of recent work/publications (if applicable); and the names and contact information of three referees.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application in confidence, addressed to Chair, Strategic Foresight & Innovation and Graphic Design Joint Tenure-Track/Tenured Search Committee, Faculty of Design online by visiting the Employment Opportunities page of our website:


The review of applications will begin on Friday, 2 February, 2018 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/tenured faculty, 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 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.