Professor, Design 1, Sheridan College

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Professor, Design 1 (Part-Time)

Sheridan is looking for an outstanding individual to join our faculty to teach Design 1 in the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design. Sheridan seeks a part-time professor to teach a one-semester section of Design 1 FAS236H on Tuesdays from 9-12 PM and 2-5 PM (six hours each week) over the thirteen-week fall session, September 14, 2021 through to December 7, 2021.

In FAS236: Students develop an awareness of applied design thinking and theories. Students use design techniques and tools to address a range of design issues through a variety of approaches and media. Students are encouraged to broaden their conception of design and its application in other design and art-related disciplines through creative experimentation. The fundamental principles of design and concept development are introduced through projects involving typography, images, colour, layout and design software for print and online applications.

Design 1 is an introduction to the fundamental elements and principles of design. Topics such as fonts, colour, composition, hierarchy, emphasis, contrast and visual consistency are covered. Students apply particular aspects of these topics to a variety of projects and formats. Each project builds on previous projects and integrates learning acquired through lectures, demonstrations and exercises. Students will learn the Adobe Suite but are also encouraged to complete creative solutions non-digitally.

Art and Art History, a collaborative program between Sheridan and the University of Toronto Mississauga, offers a 4-year Major or Specialist Honours BA in studio and in art history. Interdisciplinary studios include: photography, painting, print media, design, drawing, and sculpture and installation. Art history offerings examine the history, production and reception of a range of visual and aural texts, including (but not limited to) photography, new media, popular culture, and advertising; painting, sculpture, architecture, and the built environment; contemporary art and museum culture; and time-based media, including film and television.

What You’ll be Doing

Sheridan faculty provide academic leadership to programs and courses within their areas of expertise and contribute to the creation of a learning-centred environment where students can develop to their full potential. They also contribute to College, School and program excellence by collaborating on a variety of initiatives such as new program development, applied research and alternative delivery strategies.

  • Ensuring that program and course curricula are current, relevant and reflective of best practices within the relevant professional/program disciplines;
  • Creating an effective environment for learning which accommodates students’ diverse cultural and educational backgrounds, experiences and individual learning styles;
  • Designing appropriate strategies and tools for facilitating and assessing student learning;
  • Developing multi-media materials and alternative delivery strategies, and incorporating appropriate educational technologies into the learning process.

At the first-year level, the incumbent will assist students in learning the Adobe Creative Suite — Illustrator (Ai), InDesign (Indd) and Photoshop (PS) — and introduce the foundations of composition, typography, colour and conceptual and visual communication. The incumbent will help students find their own aesthetic, creative and communicative voice in a range of art and design media.

Professors also ensure that students are aware of course and program learning outcomes, learning strategies and evaluation techniques; provide individual tutoring and academic counselling; and evaluate student progress/achievement within assigned courses.

About You

  • You have a passion for sharing your knowledge with others and contributing to the advancement of your field.
  • You respect equity and diversity and value participating in and creating safe and inclusive environments at work and in the community.
  • You have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and enjoy working as part of a team.
  • You are an agile individual with an ability to respond and adapt to change while using your problem-solving skills to most appropriately and effectively support each student’s unique needs.
  • You are committed to excellence in teaching and learning and to working within a team environment

The successful candidate(s) will also meet the following qualifications:

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) preferred;
  • Experience in teaching at the post-secondary level preferred;
  • An individual who can demonstrate an ability to teach design history and practice within a fine-art context at the first-year level;
  • An individual who has an informed view of contemporary design practices, issues and criticism. A pluralistic approach to contemporary art is also preferred.
  • Strong network of contacts with other professionals, designers, employers;
  • Knowledge of industry specific software.

Who We Are

At Sheridan, we are passionate about the transformational role we play in people’s lives. Our graduates enjoy a well-deserved reputation for their ability to succeed in the workplace from day one. This is a testament to Sheridan’s dedicated and caring faculty and staff, who have strong ties to industry and ensure our students have hands-on learning experiences and the best possible preparation for their future careers. We’re building a new, groundbreaking model of higher education — one that prepares graduates with the hard and soft skills to navigate change in a complex world. As a member of the Sheridan community, you will have the opportunity to shape our teaching and learning experience and help prepare the future leaders of tomorrow.

Other Details

Faculty/Department: Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design
Campus Location: Trafalgar (may be assigned activities at any Sheridan campus) once normal campus operations resume.
Employee Group: Part-time Faculty
Salary Range: Based on relevant educational qualifications and experience
Start Date: September 2021
Application Deadline: August 19, 2021

Interested candidates are asked to include the following with their application:

  • Ten (10) digital images of your design work (and ten (10) images of your students’ artwork,) jpeg format, maximum 1024 x 768 pixels, posted to Flickr. Link must be provided;
  • Ten (10) minutes of a combination of sound or video files instead of, or in addition to, digital still images may be submitted by artists working in installation, video, audio, performance or electronic media in relation to design. Submit audio or video files to either Vimeo or YouTube. Link must be provided;
  • List of images, video and sound files that you are submitting. Digital image files must be numbered and titled, and correspond to the support material list (e.g. 01.title.jpg). For each artwork on the list, include date, title, medium and dimensions (height x width, specify in. or cm);
  • Current résumé and a letter briefly outlining your experience, qualifications and teaching philosophy in relation to contemporary drawing as either a PDF or MSWord attachment no later than August 19, 2021, sent to Edward Loach, Academic Portfolio Administrator, Art and Art History at Edward.loach@sheridancollege.ca

Interviews will be conducted remotely on Zoom. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Candidates selected for an interview will present a 10-minute digital presentation of their design and art practice via an illustrated slideshow (prezi, PowerPoint, .pdf file etc.).

Sheridan is deeply committed to promoting diversity, advancing equity and fostering a culture of inclusion. Therefore, we invite applications from marginalized and equity-seeking groups. Persons with a disability may contact the Human Resources department to request accommodation at any stage of the recruitment process.

You may be asked to provide copies of your educational credentials at the time of interview. Upon hire, we require official confirmation of educational credentials and Canadian equivalency assessments, if applicable.