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:


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.