Ada Slaight Chair, Contemporary Drawing & Painting

Ada Slaight Chair, Contemporary Drawing & Painting

Faculty of Art



The Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Practices in Drawing & Painting oversees the administration of and provides academic leadership to the largest program in the Faculty of Art. The Ada Slaight Chair fosters innovation and academic excellence through refining existing programming and the creation of new curriculum in keeping with the guiding principles and priorities of the University Academic Plan. Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Art, and working closely with the Associate Deans, the Associate Chair of Drawing & Painting, and other Faculty of Art Chairs, this individual provides leadership for faculty and students in the Drawing and Painting area. The Chair works to improve the student experience, foster interdisciplinary research and teaching and advance inclusion for underrepresented individuals. In addition, the Chair will support the integration of Indigenous learning and connectivity in collaboration with the Indigenous Visual Culture program (INVC). Commensurate with this Ada Slaight Chair position is a tenured/tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. As such, the Ada Slaight Chair is expected to teach contemporary approaches in the area of painting or drawing. This position is to commence on August 1, 2018 and is subject to budgetary approval.


Summary Of Responsibilities


The successful candidate will:


  • Provide academic leadership in Drawing and Painting (DRPT) program 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 DRPT program, including the monitoring of enrolment projections 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 in compliance with the OCAD U Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP) and support the implementation of the review’s recommendations;
  • Provide input in planning and preparation of the DRPT and Faculty annual operating budget, as well as oversee the accounts and provide periodic reports to the Dean regarding fiscal matters pertaining to DRPT and First-Year;
  • In consultation with Associate Dean of Outreach and Innovation, provide oversight of donor-based initiatives and strategic projects funded by Ada Slaight fund, including chairing of the Ada Slaight Advisory Committee;
  • 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, the Associate Chair, and the Manager, Faculty of Art Office, ensure business continuity by developing annual course scheduling and faculty assignments in Drawing & Painting;
  • Coordinate and chair sessional hiring committees for Drawing & Painting and oversee hiring and supervision of Teaching Assistants by faculty;
  • Participate in the hiring of Tenure-Track, Continuing, Contractually Limited Term (CLTA) and Teaching-Intensive Stream faculty;
  • Provide leadership and input in space planning and studio facilities within the Creative City Campus project;
  • Oversee the work of the DRPT curriculum committee and faculty working on special projects and initiatives;
  • In consultation with the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, provide input in faculty performance reviews and interviews.


Outreach and Fundraising

  • Act as an ambassador and spokesperson for Drawing & Painting and work with the Dean and Associate Deans on fundraising initiatives and creative leadership projects;
  • Provide stewardship and continuity for existing relationships with donors and external partners/projects;
  • Work with the Associate Dean, Outreach and Innovation to disseminate information regarding research funding initiatives and related grant and submission deadlines;
  • Organize, participate and support events that foster student culture and promote a sense of community for faculty and students, in keeping with the Respectful Work and Learning Environment policy;
  • Help support and build a culture of research in the Faculty of Art and across Faculties.


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 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.




  • A terminal degree in the relevant discipline; practice-based PhD and/or an MFA in studio art or equivalent;
  • Minimum of two (2) years of teaching 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 - published writings on art would be considered an asset;
  • A record of academic leadership in art with prior administrative experience, preferably within a post-secondary art institution;
  • Proven collegiality and conflict resolution skills, and the ability to take initiative;
  • A familiarity with and respect for the diverse range of current issues in contemporary art and post-secondary education;
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills and organizational abilities;
  • Experience proactively advancing equity and sustainability in curriculum, teaching, scholarship, and creative/professional activities;
  • Established leadership and experience promoting a respectful and inclusive work and learning environment for students, staff, and faculty;
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of students, faculty and staff, with student academic counselling experience an asset;
  • 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.



Terms of Employment:


This appointment will be for the period from August 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021, with the possibility of renewal for an additional term of up to three years. This position is full-time, including approximately 60% of administrative release and 40% teaching; the scheduling will be determined in consultation with and with agreement of the Dean, Faculty of Art.




The remuneration will be commensurate with the faculty rank in addition to an administrative stipend and access to professional development funding.


Application Deadline:


Applications should include: a letter of intent stating the candidate’s interest in the position and academic administration/leadership, as well as their areas of interest/expertise 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, Ada Slaight Chair Search Committee online by visiting the Employment Opportunities page of our website:


The review of applications will begin on February 28, 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.