Tenure Track, Assistant Professor: Environmental Design (Interior Design) - #8986313

OCAD University

Date: 2022-11-24
City: Toronto, ON
Contract type: Full time
OCAD University

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

OCAD University invites applicants to one (1) tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the program of Environmental Design, with a focus in Interior Design. To address OCAD U’s historical under-representation, this position is open only to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous to Turtle Island and/or as racialized peoples, which includes individuals who identify as Black of African descent, who identify as of South Asian, Chinese, Filipino, Arab, Latin American, Southeast Asian, West Asian, Korean, and/or Japanese descent . 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. It is an exciting time to join the OCAD U community as the University continues to fulfil and expand upon its commitment to decolonization, indigenization, diversity, and equity.

The Faculty of Design is the largest of OCAD U’s three faculties. Under an ethos of Respectful Design, it boasts six undergraduate programs: Advertising, Environmental Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, and Material Art & Design (i.e. textiles and jewelry). The design-related Graduate Programs include Inclusive Design, Design for Health, Strategic Foresight and Innovation, Interdisciplinary Art, Media, and Design; and Digital Futures. The University is especially seeking candidates who might also contribute to the Inclusive Design or Design for Health graduate programs.

The Environmental Design program focuses on designing ourselves back into the environment through expressive interior, architectural and urban space.

The Faculty of Design seeks candidates who can demonstrate how their lived experiences and community connections inform their work and whose theoretical and technical expertise in the making of expressive and accessible interiors inform their teaching. Applications should demonstrate expertise in one or more of the following areas of focus:

  • Interior space as a socio-cultural practice, which may include knowledge of spatial practices and behaviours situated in the vernacular, spatial justice, accessibility or user-based design methodologies. A familiarity with a broad range of global accessibility standards (examples in North America include the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act) is expected.
  • The materiality of interior design and/or interior architecture locality and place, which may include vernacular design practices, community-based design, and contemporary interpretations of sustainability and the values expressed through each of these material practices through interior design/ interior architecture.


The successful candidate will:

  • Teach across multiple year levels in the Environmental Design undergraduate program and Interior Design Specialization, with potential opportunity to teach across other undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • Commit to outreach with local and regional Indigenous and/or racialized communities and the mentorship of Indigenous and/or racialized students and youth;
  • Assume a key role in contributing to student success at OCAD U through the ongoing development, decolonization, and bringing of diverse knowledges into the undergraduate/graduate curriculum, policies and promotion through participation in Faculty and Program meetings and initiatives;
  • Perform course outline development, studio preparation, and course delivery inclusive of lectures, critiques, grading, mid-term evaluations and final evaluations/reviews, including responsibility for health & safety and meeting academic and curricular requirements and deadlines;
  • Maintain an active creative community activism, research program, professional practice and/or scholarship within the disciplines of spatial design;
  • 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:

  • At least thirteen years (without academic degrees) to four years (with a Bachelor’s degree in a spatial design discipline) of peer recognized career achievement and professional licensing in the design of spatial interiors. A Master’s degree, PhD, and/or completion of National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Exam will be considered an asset;
  • A minimum of three years demonstrated ability to work through structured lessons and the potential to teach and develop innovative Interior Design curriculum at the post-secondary level. Previous experience teaching in the post-secondary sector, interdisciplinary programs, and/or experience teaching and supervising graduate students will be considered assets;
  • A proven record of creative community activism, professional practice, and/or research relevant to qualifications and experience in Interior Design;
  • Experience proactively advancing decolonization, equity and sustainability in teaching and creative/professional/community activities. Post-secondary curriculum development in these areas will be considered an asset;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the ways in which diversity, equity, inclusion, sustainability, and decolonization are fundamental to the quality of the student experience, to innovative knowledge sharing, and the design process;
  • A proven record of promoting a respectful and inclusive work environment across diverse ages and positions. Record of promotion within learning environments for students, staff, and faculty will be considered an asset;


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

Application Requirements and Deadline

Applications should include:

  • a letter of intent stating the candidate’s interests in
    • (a) the areas of teaching related to OCAD U’s undergraduate and optionally graduate design programs,
    • (b) community activism/research/professional practice related to the one of the two listed areas of need, and
    • (c) service to Faculty- and University-wide governance;
  • a detailed resume or curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of teaching philosophy that responds to the profile of the position;
  • a statement of approach to decolonizing design praxis
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as sample assignments, professional practice workshop evaluation, youth feedback on knowledge transfers, or any form of teaching evaluation)
  • a digital portfolio of recent work/publications; and
  • the names and contact information of three referees.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application in confidence, addressed to Chair, Environmental Design Tenure-Track Search Committee, Faculty of Design .

The review of applications will begin on Monday, January 10, 2023 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 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 People & Culture 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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