Chair, Photography, Printmaking & Publications, Faculty Of Art

University Toronto Ontario College of Art & Design

Chair, Photography, Printmaking & Publications, Faculty of Art
Job Code1459
Job CategoryAdministration and Academic Support
Employment TypeTemporary/Contract
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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 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.


Chair, Photography, Printmaking & Publications

Faculty of Art

The Faculty of Art is seeking a, dynamic and collaborative academic leader to assume the position of the newly formed Chair of Photography, Printmaking and Publications (PPP) program cluster. This position provides important leadership for faculty and students involved in bringing together synergies from these three areas, overseeing both curricular and community initiatives. Reporting to the Dean, Faculty of Art, and working closely with the Associate Deans and other Faculty of Art Chairs, the Chair of Photography, Printmaking and Publications develops and implements new and revised courses and refines existing programming in line with the Academic Plan that seeks to improve the student experience, foster interdisciplinary learning and advance equity and inclusion in hiring and curriculum development. This individual also provides oversight of donor-based initiatives. In addition, the Chair will support integration of Indigenous learning through the Academic Plan and the ongoing relationships with the Indigenous Visual Culture program (INVC).


Commensurate with this Chair, Photography, Printmaking and Publications position is a tenure-track/tenured appointment at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. The Chair, Photography, Printmaking and Publications, draws on their extensive studio practice, research and commitment to contemporary art education and community engagement for this role.


Summary of Responsibilities :


The successful candidate will:

  • Provide academic leadership in designated program areas and support the implementation of the Academic Plan and strategic priorities of the University, including the Diversity & Equity Action Plan
  • Work closely with Associate Dean, Academic Affairs on the development of recruitment and retention strategy for designated programs, including the monitoring of enrolment projections/targets and the establishment of admissions team and criteria
  • Convene and Chair meetings with faculty and curriculum leaders to lead the review, development and implementation of new and revised curriculum, as well as propose curricular and program changes to the Curriculum and Innovation Committee of Faculty (CICOF)
  • Participate in undergraduate program reviews and in the preparation and implementation of the review’s recommendations in compliance with the OCAD U Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP)
  • Provide input in planning and preparation of the Faculty annual operating budget, as well as oversee the accounts and provide periodic reports to the Dean regarding fiscal matters of the Photography, Printmaking and Publications program cluster.
  • Contribute to a collaborative environment and initiatives across faculties
  • Maintain an active research record and professional practice within the field of visual art
  • 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


In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to:


Academic Staffing and Planning:

  • In conjunction with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Manager, Faculty of Art Office, ensure business continuity by developing annual course scheduling and faculty assignments in Photography, Printmaking, and Publications.
  • Oversee the work of curriculum leaders and faculty working on special projects and initiatives
  • Actively facilitate the faculty hiring process by coordinating and Chairing search committees for CLTA and Sessional faculty appointments
  • In consultation with the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, provide input in faculty performance reviews
  • Provide input and oversight in space planning and realization of the Creative City Campus capital project
  • Oversee the review of faculty’s course outlines


Outreach and Fundraising:

  • Act as an ambassador and spokesperson for Photography, Printmaking and Publications, and work with the Dean and Associate Deans on fundraising initiatives and creative leadership projects
  • Provide stewardship and continuity for the existing relationships with donors and external partners/projects


Communication and Representation:

  • Work with the Dean, Associate Deans and other Chairs to communicate and consult regularly with students and faculty regarding matters pertaining to the designated programs and the Faculty as a whole
  • Liaise with Chair, First Year Experience to support admission and recruitment efforts and success of students in their first year
  • Hold regular faculty and student office hours and provide monthly reports to the Dean
  • Liaise with various University offices and stakeholders and participate in academic committees and University governance
  • In consultation with the Office Manager, assign and oversee the work of the Program Assistant and provide input in her/his annual performance reviews and setting of annual objectives
  • In conjunction with the Associate Dean, Outreach and Innovation, other Chairs, Studio Management, and IT Services and Facilities, support the management of facilities and allocation of resources and address issues arising from studio, computer and classroom facilities and ensure Health and Safety



  • An MFA or practice-based PhD or equivalent
  • A minimum of three to five years of teaching experience at the post secondary level with an excellent record of professional activity in one of the art disciplines, as well as an affinity for cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration
  • Demonstrated academic leadership, collegiality and conflict resolution skills, and the ability to take initiative
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity, and proven ability to work effectively and collegially with a diverse population
  • Familiarity with and respect for the diverse range of current issues in contemporary art and post-secondary education
  • Understanding of OCAD U Strategic and Academic Plans
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational abilities
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of students, faculty and staff, with student academic counselling experience an asset
  • 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 art production
  • Leadership in promoting a respectful and inclusive work and learning environment for students, staff, and faculty.



Terms of Employment:

This appointment will be for the period from January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022, with the possibility of renewal for an additional term of up to three years. This position is full-time, including approximately 50% of administrative release and 50% teaching; the scheduling will be determined in consultation with and with agreement of the Dean, Faculty of Art. This academic leadership role includes an annual stipend with access to professional development funding.



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


Applicant Information:

Applications should include the following in PDF format: a letter of intent stating the candidate’s interest in the position and academic administration/leadership, as well as their interest in teaching and research/professional practice. A curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy, 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, Photography, Printmaking and Publication Chair Search Committee online by clicking the "Apply Now" button below.


The review of applications will begin on October 1, 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 faculty and academic administrators, 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 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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