Teaching Intensive Stream (TIS), Lecturer, Photography
OCAD University
Toronto, ON
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. 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.


The Faculty of Art invites applications for a Teaching-Intensive Stream (TIS) appointment at the rank of Lecturer in the Photography program. The ideal candidate for this position will be an active studio practitioner, with the practical, theoretical and technical versatility to support, advance and renew the Photography program in an age of rapid change.

The successful candidate will support curriculum design, development and delivery of courses in the Photography program addressing a range of photographic practices, issues of representation, new modes of dissemination, and theoretical discourse. The position is expected to commence on August 1, 2019 and is subject to budgetary approval.


The successful candidate will:
teach a range of courses in the Photography program and First Year
provide service to the Faculty and University-wide governance system, as well as service activities and outreach initiatives that contribute to the academic life and profile of the University
contribute to innovative course and curriculum development through involvement in Photography programming, including on-going efforts to decolonize curricular content and offerings
in conjunction with the First Year Chair, develop strategies for recruitment and retention as an aspect of service


The ideal candidate will have:
an MFA or equivalent experience in Photography (a PhD would be considered an asset)
a proven record of teaching at the post-secondary level; involvement in innovative course development and curriculum design/development
an in-depth of knowledge of the history, practice and theory of contemporary photography through decolonial and critical race, gender, class, ability theories, and/or Indigenous epistemologies; expertise in analogue and digital media and cultural literacy
ability to work effectively within a team environment, with outstanding communication, interpersonal and time management skills
a 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 the studio environment
a proven record of promoting a respectful and inclusive work and learning environment for students, staff, and faculty

Please Note:
Teaching-Intensive Stream faculty have a maximum workload assignment of 7 studio courses (0.5 credit). This position will have a workload of 100%. Lecturers may apply for the Rank of Assistant Professor after a minimum of three (3) years, with the decision made via a Peer Review.

Teaching-Intensive Stream faculty are hired on fixed-term contracts of three (3) to five (5) years (renewable) and may fulfill a workload comprised of either:

Teaching & Teaching-Related Duties (70%) and Service (30%)
Teaching & Teaching-Related Duties (70%) Service (10%) or Professional Practice/Research (10%) by request and approval from the Dean of Faculty by demonstrating active engagement in a program of Professional Practice/Research


Salary and level will be commensurate with experience and qualifications with access to full benefits, and pension contribution after one year of service.


Candidates should submit a letter of intent that specifically outlines their suitability for this position, stating previous relevant experience and major interests in the areas of teaching and professional practice; (if requesting a workload distribution that includes practice) a current curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy that responds to the profile of the position and describes the contribution the candidate can make to the program; evidence of studio teaching excellence and curriculum development (such as sample assignments, student feedback, course evaluations, etc.); a digital portfolio with several examples of recent creative practice and publications; and the names and contact information of three referees. All submissions must be in PDF format.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application in confidence, addressed to Chair, Photography TIS Search Committee, Faculty of Art online by clicking the “Apply Now” button below.

The review of applications will begin on Friday February 22, 2019 and will continue until the position has been 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 designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire.

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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