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Dean of Graduate Studies

OCAD University (OCAD U)—Canada’s largest specialized university for art, design, and media—invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Graduate Studies. Launched in 2008, Graduate Studies at OCAD University currently consists of seven dynamic programs (Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories; Criticism and Curatorial Practice; Design for Health; Digital Futures; Inclusive Design; Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design; and, Strategic Foresight and Innovation) and is uniquely positioned for continued growth.

The Dean of Graduate Studies is responsible for the educational and research leadership, development and supervision of Graduate Studies and its alignment with the academic plan and integration into the larger strategic plan of the University. The Dean will advance OCAD U’s strategic equity priorities to grow and diversify graduate student enrollment and faculty and to expand existing graduate programs, further new curricular directions and ensure that students are informed by a wide spectrum of knowledge and experience embodied in an inclusive variety of communities, philosophies and ways of knowing. Working collaboratively and in close consultation with the other Deans and reporting to the Vice-President, Academic & Provost, the Dean will promote effective management of the University’s graduate programs, research, and outreach, support its educational goals, and enrich University life.

The individual who realizes success in this role embraces new and innovative ways to move Graduate Studies forward, develops and implements strategic priorities and initiatives to advance equity and sustainability, and drives positive transformation and change. The ideal candidate for the position has a proven track record of teaching and research excellence/creative practice, preferably with a relevant PhD; substantial administrative experience; and demonstrated leadership in supporting cultural diversity and Indigenous knowledge. As the champion for existing as well as future graduate programs, the Dean of Graduate Studies must have exceptional interpersonal skills, a strategic and visionary mindset, a collaborative leadership style, and be eligible for appointment with tenure to the senior ranks.

OCAD U—a publicly-funded institution—is inextricably linked to Canada’s arts and culture environment, as well as contemporary design and media industries. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, OCAD University offers a vibrant and stimulating work environment for over 600 faculty and academic staff, more than 4360 undergraduate students, and over 250 graduate students. OCAD U was founded in 1876 and has a proud history. Over the past five years alone, the University has experienced remarkable growth, attracting outstanding researchers, creative researchers/practitioners, and gifted teachers who bring pedagogical innovation and academic excellence to the institution. Committed to excellence and contemporary approaches to education, research, and creation, OCAD University offers 17 undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), a Bachelor of Design (BDes) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, and seven graduate programs that result in a Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Design (MDes), or Master of Arts (MA).

The Search Committee will begin consideration of candidates in February 2017, with the new Dean expected to take office July 1, 2017 or as mutually agreed. Nominations, applications, or expressions of interest should be directed, in confidence, to Gerri Woodford or Jason Murray at

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 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 Human Resources for more information or refer to OCAD U's Policy on 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.





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