Graduate Program Director, Inclusive Design (Incd) & Design For Health (Dhea)

University Toronto Ontario College of Art & Design

Graduate Program Director, Inclusive Design (INCD) & Design for Health (DHEA)
Job Code1842
DepartmentGraduate Studies
Employment TypeTemporary/Contract
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Reporting to Dean, Graduate Studies and the Dean of the successful candidate’s home faculty, the Graduate Program Director (GPD) position provides oversight and leadership for the Design for Health (DHEA) and Inclusive Design (INCD) graduate programs. The GPD will facilitate the decolonization of design for these programs in practice and theory, and provide oversight, leadership, and teaching for the two graduate programs as well as teaching within the program specializations and in relevant undergraduate programs.




The GPD, DHEA & INCD will work with the Dean, Graduate Studies, the Dean from their home faculty, and the Graduate Program Committees to:


  • Oversee student recruitment and admissions processes
  • Advise and support graduate students; monitor and review their progress regularly
  • Participate in graduate program reviews in compliance with the OCAD University Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP)
  • Chair and regularly convene the Graduate Program Committees to engage program faculty and other committee members in planning curriculum, recruitment and admissions, resources, policy issues, supervisory duties
  • Provide guidance to faculty, in collaboration with the Faculty Curriculum Development Centre (FCDC), around best practices and standards in a variety of teaching platforms and environments including online learning
  • Oversee graduate projects and Major Research Projects (MRPs)
  • Assist and support the arrangement of guest speakers, graduate exhibitions, colloquia, exhibitions as appropriate
  • Arrange for visiting speakers, artists, designers, and curators at OCAD U (if applicable)
  • Recommend faculty for appointment to the graduate school
  • Recommend to the Deans of the Faculties of Art, Design, and Liberal Arts and Sciences teaching assignments for their approval and to coordinate supervisory assignments (as applicable)
  • Play an active role in developing research capacity in the programs           
  • Liaise with the Inclusive Design Research Centre and other centres/faculty on research opportunities for students, support for the programs, and other collaborative opportunities that would benefit students
  • Provide information on, support, and oversee graduate supervisory relationships between faculty and students and facilitate the resolution of individual faculty and student matters as they arise
  • Convene external advisory groups (if applicable)
  • Provide stewardship and continuity for existing relationships with donors and external partners/projects
  • Participate in marketing and recruitment efforts, which includes updating marketing materials and developing program content for the OCAD University Website
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts for student scholarships and bursaries
  • Steward and operate within the established budgets for the program
  • In conjunction with the Associate Deans, other GPDs, 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
  • Ensure the academic excellence and integrity of the DHEA and INCD programs, as well as alignment of all teaching and learning practices with academic standards and university policies (including but not limited to Graduate Studies Academic Policies)


  • Must hold a Tenure-Track or Tenured appointment at OCAD University
  • Graduate degree in a relevant discipline (PhD preferred), or equivalent professional practice/experience
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of teaching experience, or equivalent, with an excellent record of professional activity in a relevant discipline, as well as an affinity for cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration
  • A critical understanding of the disciplinary practices of the programs as well as familiarity with their various professional and global communities
  • A lived experience and/or a solid theoretical/conceptual understanding of intersectional racialized and/or Indigenous epistemologies in these programs is considered an asset
  • Familiarity with the accessibility community with an understanding of the ideological stances, regulatory standards, and cultural evolution of the movement
  • Support for accessibility principles and legislation in jurisdictions globally, including digital accessibility
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational abilities
  • Understanding of the six priorities of OCAD U Academic Plan, and other Strategic Plans
  • Familiarity with the current Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is considered an asset
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity, and proven ability to work effectively and collegially with a diverse population, guided by an understanding of the ways in which equity, Indigenous knowledge, inclusivity, accessibility and sustainability are fundamental to the quality of student experience
  • Demonstrated academic leadership, collegiality, conflict resolution skills, sensitivity to the needs to students and colleagues and the ability to take initiative; student academic counselling experience an asset

The appointment will be made for three (3) years, from September 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023, with the possibility of renewal for an additional term. This position is only open to current OCAD U Faculty members with Tenure-Track or Tenured status.



This academic leadership role includes an annual administrative stipend, access to a research and travel allowance and administrative release (scheduling to be determined in consultation with the Dean, Graduate Studies and home faculty Dean.)



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)
  • The names and contact information of three referees


This is an internal search only. Interested applicants are invited to apply online by clicking on the “Apply Now” button below. The review of applications will begin on June 24, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.


As an institution committed to art, design, digital media and related scholarship, OCAD University recognizes the profound and essential value that diversity brings to the creation, reception and circulation of creative practices and discourse.  OCAD University 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 their letter of intent in their application .


In order to alleviate the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous 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 University 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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