Interim Chair, Sculpture/installation & Life Studies

University Toronto Ontario College of Art & Design

Interim Chair, Sculpture/Installation & Life Studies
Job Code1823
DepartmentFaculty of Art
Employment TypeTemporary/Contract
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Drawing on studio practice, research and commitment to contemporary art education and community, the Interim Chair of Sculpture/Installation (SCIN) & Life Studies will provide important leadership as these programs revise and implement curricular offerings undergoing the university-wide Flow: Curricular Transformation implementation, and in line with the priorities of the Academic Plan. The Interim Chair, SCIN & Life Studies will oversee faculty and students in the SCIN program and the cross-disciplinary specialization of Life Studies, working closely with the Studio Manager to support offerings in Fabrication studios. This individual also provides oversight of donor-based initiatives, particularly the Nora Vaughn fund that supports Sculpture Installation student exhibitions. They will also advance and promote the new Art and Public Spaces minor. Reporting to the Dean, Faculty of Art, and working closely with the Associate Dean and other Faculty of Art Chairs, the Interim Chair, Sculpture and Installation & Life Studies seeks to improve the student experience and advance inclusion for underrepresented individuals. In addition, the Chair will support integration of Indigenous learning and the connectivity with Indigenous Visual Culture program (INVC).

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
  • Facilitate the approved Flow: Curricular Transformation curricular changes in the Sculpture Installation program
  • Convene and Chair meetings with faculty and curriculum leaders to lead the review, development and implementation of new and revised curriculum in Life Studies under Flow: Curricular Transformation
  • 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
  • Participate in undergraduate program reviews and in the preparation of the Self-Study in compliance with the OCAD U Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP)
  • Provide input in planning and preparation of the Faculty annual operating budget in consultation with the Director, Academic Relations, as well as oversee the accounts and provide periodic reports to the Dean regarding fiscal matters of Sculpture Installation and Life Studies
  • 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, Academic Affairs and the Manager, Faculty of Art Office, ensure business continuity by developing annual course scheduling and faculty assignments in Sculpture Installation and Life Studies
  • Oversee the work of curriculum leaders and faculty working on special projects and initiatives
  • Participate in the hiring of Tenure-Track, Continuing, Contractually Limited Term Appointments (CLTA), Teaching-Intensive Stream (TIS), and Sessional faculty appointments


Outreach and Fundraising:

  • Act as an ambassador and spokesperson for Sculpture Installation and Life Studies, and work with the Dean and Executive Director & Advisor to Provost, Partnerships, Outreach & Research on fundraising initiatives and creative leadership 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
  • 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 their annual performance reviews and setting of annual objectives
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director & Advisor to Provost, Partnerships, Outreach & Research, Facilities and Studio Services, and Information Technology (IT) Services, support the management of facilities and allocation of resources and address issues arising from studio, computer and classroom facilities and ensure Health and Safety


  • Must currently hold a Tenured or Tenure-Track appointment at OCAD University
  • A terminal degree in relevant discipline, or equivalent experience, and possess an understanding of Sculpture, Installation and Life Studies, as well as a familiarity with its professional community
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of teaching experience with an excellent record of professional activity in one of the art disciplines, as well as an affinity for cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration
  • A 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
  • Familiarity with the current Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is considered an asset
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational abilities
  • An excellent record of projects, publications, and/or exhibitions at the national and international level
  • Experience proactively advancing, decolonization, diversity, equity and sustainability in curriculum and in 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
  • Demonstrated academic leadership, collegiality, conflict resolution skills, sensitivity to the needs to students and the ability to take initiative; student academic counselling experience an asset

Terms of Employment:

This appointment will be for the period of one year from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 and is only open to current OCAD U Faculty members with Tenure-Track or Tenured status.



This academic leadership role includes an annual stipend with access to professional development funding and administrative release (scheduling to be determined in consultation with the Dean, Faculty of Art).


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)
  • The names and contact information of three referees

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application online by clicking “Apply Now” button below.


The review of applications will begin on Friday, March 13th 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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