Open Call for Indigenous Applicants: Five Tenured/Tenure-Track Positions

OCAD University


Open Call for Indigenous Applicants:

 Five Tenured/Tenure-Track Positions


OCAD University (OCAD U) acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinabek and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we stand and create.


OCAD University invites applicants to five (5) Tenured/Tenure-track positions at any rank within all disciplines of the Faculties of Art, Design and Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as Graduate Studies.  This opportunity is open only to qualified individuals who self-identify as Indigenous Peoples of North America or Peoples of Turtle Island, including those who identify as First Nations (status, non-status, treaty or non-treaty), Métis, Inuit, or Alaskan Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian Peoples. This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.


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 a new academic plan that articulates a commitment to decolonization and Indigenous learning. OCAD University was one of the first art and design institutions in Canada to launch a degree in Indigenous Visual Culture, which laid critical foundations from which to build. OCAD U will work in tandem with our Aboriginal Education Council, our Indigenous Student Association and with all faculty and staff across the university to support the process to decolonize the institution and to recognize, acknowledge, implement and vitalize Indigenous visual culture. For more information about OCAD University’s faculties and program areas at the undergraduate and graduate level, please visit our website at


The five (5) opportunities as outlined above are to commence August 1, 2018, subject to budgetary approval.


Summary Of Responsibilities


The successful candidate will:

  • teach across multiple year levels at the undergraduate and or/ graduate level;
  • liaise with Indigenous faculty, students, and community members in the Indigenous Visual Culture and Research Centre and Student Services Centre;
  • assume a key role in the ongoing development and decolonization of the undergraduate/graduate program curriculum, policies and promotion through participation in Faculty and Program meetings and initiatives;
  • maintain an active research program, professional practice and/or scholarship within relevant discipline(s); 
  • 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.




The ideal candidate will have:

  • a terminal degree in relevant discipline(s) or equivalencies in Indigenous knowledge systems; exceptions may be considered on the basis of outstanding career achievement
  • demonstrated ability or potential to teach at the post-secondary level and show an aptitude for innovative curriculum development and delivery; previous experience teaching in interdisciplinary programs and experience teaching and supervising graduate students will be considered assets;
  • a proven record of research and/or professional practice relevant to qualifications, experience and discipline
  • experience proactively advancing decolonization, equity and sustainability in curriculum, teaching, scholarship, and creative/professional activities
  • a proven record of promoting a respectful and inclusive work and learning environment for students, staff, and faculty
  • 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 and design production




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


Application Deadline


Applications should include: a letter of intent stating the candidate’s interests in the areas of teaching, research/professional practice, and service to Faculty- and University-wide governance; a curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy that responds to the relevant discipline(s); evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as sample assignments, student feedback, course evaluations, etc.); 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 Dr. Gillian Siddall, Vice President, Academic and Provost online by visiting the employment opportunities section of our website:


The review of applications will begin on February 1, 2018 and will continue until the positions have 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 equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire.


In order to alleviate the under-representation of Indigenous tenured/tenure-track faculty, this opportunity is open only to qualified individuals who self-identify as Indigenous Peoples of North America or Peoples of Turtle Island, including those who identify as First Nations (status, non-status, treaty or non-treaty), Métis, Inuit, or Alaskan Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian Peoples. 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.