Call for Applications Digital Futures Initiative, Chair
OCAD University is Canada's largest specialized University of art,
media and design. Located in the Discovery District of downtown
Toronto and at the centre of the city's dynamic cultural activities,
OCAD has 3500 students and over three hundred faculty members.
Committed to excellence and contemporary approaches to education,
OCAD University currently offers 12 programs leading to the BFA and
BDes, five programs leading to a Masters degree and will soon offer
three BAs. It is building new interdisciplinary programs. The
University has experienced remarkable growth over the past five years
and requires outstanding creative researchers/practitioners and
gifted teachers to join OCAD in an exciting period of institutional
development and opportunity.
Drawing on faculty from across the University and working in
collaboration with a broad range of Canadian and international
private sector and public sector partners, the Digital Futures
Initiative (DFI) is a set of new cross-disciplinary programs,
research, and innovation activities currently being developed at
OCADU. Minors, a major and a suite of graduate programs will provide
learning opportunities in digital art, media and design, linking this
knowledge to emerging technologies with applications in fields such
as art/design and science, sustainability, health and wellness,
accessibility, diversity, and global innovation and business
development. OCADU has launched a research program in many fields of
digital endeavours and related disciplines, and has recently secured
significant funding to begin the construction of a series of
dedicated research laboratories. Faculty cross-appointed in the DFI
will be engaged in all facets of planning and utilization of these
The DFI Program Development and Selection Committee, comprising
representatives from the Faculties of Art, Design, and Liberal
Studies, invite applications for the following position:
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND PROGRAM CHAIR FOR THE DIGITAL FUTURES INITIATIVE
The Program Chair for the DFI is responsible for leading the
development and implementation of undergraduate and graduate programs
within the cross-disciplinary Digital Futures Initiative Program. He/
she must be able to build a program comprised of faculty artists,
designers, social scientists, humanists, computer scientists, and
engineers. She/he will need to facilitate and build relationships
with other institutions and private entities. They will have a
history of working in collaborative partnerships with other
institutions or sectors. Building on existing faculty expertise and
curriculum, as well as recent DFI faculty hires, the successful
candidate will oversee the development of new courses and programs,
and foster increased research capacity in digital media, ICT, art and
design and related interdisciplinary fields.
Candidates for Program Chair will hold a doctoral degree and have a
strong background in interdisciplinary program development and research.
Candidates will have expertise in two or more of the following areas:
computer science, computer engineering, cognitive science, mobile
computing, new media business and innovation studies, artificial
intelligence, applied physics, interactive media, visualisation, or
closely related fields. They will have experience collaborating with
artists and designers, a strong research agenda, a track record of
successful research and industry collaborations, and a significant
record of supervising graduate students.
This position may start as early as Winter 2011, subject to
availability of the successful candidate.
The successful candidate will
assume a key role in building the interdisciplinary Digital Futures
Initiative, contributing to
teaching and program development at the undergraduate and graduate
be expected to develop strong, externally funded research programs
and engage with cross-disciplinary research teams;
be expected to participate in Faculty and University-wide governance
systems, as well as other activities that contribute to the academic
life of OCADU.
This position is to commence with the 2011/12 academic year.
Candidates are expected to hold a doctoral degree. They must have
experience in the relevant discipline and their area of research; a
strong record of creative practice and/or research, scholarship and
publication, evidence of positive post-secondary teaching experience
at the undergraduate and graduate levels and an aptitude for
innovative curriculum development in a degree-granting art and design
Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Applications should include a letter outlining interests in the areas
of teaching, research/practice, and service; a curriculum vitae; a
digital portfolio of recent work where appropriate; and the names and
contact information of at least three references submitted in
confidence to the address listed below.
We will begin reviewing applications in Fall 2010.
DFI Program Development & Selection Committee OCAD University 100
McCaul Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1 Confidential Fax: (416) 977-3034
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As an employment equity employer, 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.
While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-
listed will be contacted.