Tenure-Track Opportunity in Drawing and Painting Program, OCAD University

Faculty of Art Tenure-Track
Assistant Professor: Drawing and Painting Program
Figurative Painting Focus

The Faculty of Art invites applications for a full-time tenure-track teaching position within the Drawing and Painting Program at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a focus on Contemporary Figurative Art. 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, as well as individuals who identify as of South Asian, Southeast Asian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, and Korean descent, and individuals who identify as of non-white Arab, North African, and West Asian descent as well as non-white Latin American descent (this list reflects the Statistics Canada categories of ‘visible minority’ groups, as defined for federal employment equity purposes). This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

The Drawing & Painting Program offers a BFA degree. It supports multiple approaches to cross-cultural perspectives in art making. Students are exposed to a breadth of contextual knowledge, interdisciplinarity as well as discipline-specific studio methodologies. There is a particular interest in creative practices and/or pedagogy that center on works and bodies of knowledge from historically underrepresented communities. Individuals interested in applying in this area will be engaged in current models of contemporary practice and bring an innovative outlook on abstraction and a decolonizing lens toward interdisciplinary practice. This position is designed to be flexible and adaptable to the skill sets of the applicants with interdisciplinary practice and research potential that will relate to the larger practice of contemporary drawing and painting.

The Faculty of Art is committed to the decolonization of art practices and art institutions in order to champion diversity, equity and inclusion and requires all applicants to demonstrate the same level of commitment. The Faculty of Art seeks candidates who can demonstrate how their lived experiences inform their work and whose theoretical, technical, and creative practice/research expertise provide offerings that meet one or more of the current areas of need within the program.

Candidates will demonstrate the ability to support:

  • Student progress in contemporary and experimental applications of figuration, which situates their work within global art movements in figurative art
  • Knowledge acquisition in anatomy, proportion, and observational skills within both realistic, abstracted, and expressive understandings of figurative art
  • Students in responsible image-making that takes into consideration positionality, cultural responsibility and accountability

Candidates will have the ability to teach both foundational and advanced drawing and painting courses, bringing innovative approaches along with a strong conceptual direction to their practice. A strong understanding of critical issues within contemporary art practice is required, including a strong understanding of issues of representation and figuration. Through a significant record of professional practice and dissemination, we anticipate this hire will contribute to curricular and program advances for the Drawing and Painting program. The Faculty of Art is committed to decolonizing art practices and art institutions to champion diversity, equity and inclusion and requires all applicants to demonstrate the same level of commitment.

This appointment is expected to commence on August 1, 2023 and is subject to budgetary approval.


  • Teach primarily in the Drawing and Painting programming but will have complimentary teaching strengths in other programs areas within Faculty of Art and Graduate Studies
  • Maintain an active research and professional practice relevant to the Drawing and Painting Program;
  • Support the full expression of OCAD U students’ diverse identities through decolonizing, diverse, inclusive, and equitable pedagogies
  • 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
  • Provide service to the program, 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


  • A terminal degree or equivalent in relevant disciplines; practice-based PhD and/or an MFA in studio art or equivalent; exceptions may be considered based upon 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 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.
  • Supervision of graduate students in a post-secondary institution is considered an asset.
  • A notable record of recognized professional practice relevant to Drawing and Painting; a lived experience and/or a solid theoretical/conceptual understanding of intersectional racialized and/or Indigenous epistemologies in this field is considered an asset.
  • Familiarity with and respect for the diverse range of current issues in contemporary art and post-secondary education;
  • Experience proactively advancing decolonization, diverse, inclusive, and equitable approaches to curriculum and teaching, professional activities and/or scholarship, and community building.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the ways in which equity, Indigenous knowledge, and sustainability are fundamental to the quality of student experience and to innovative scholarship.
  • A proven record of promoting a respectful and inclusive work and learning environment for students, staff, and faculty


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


Applications should include:

  • A letter of intent stating the candidate’s interests in (a) the areas of teaching related to Drawing and Painting, (b) research/professional practice related to the listed areas of need and (c) service to Faculty- and University-wide governance.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A statement of teaching philosophy that responds to the profile of the position.
  • A statement of approach to decolonizing art praxis.
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as sample assignments, student feedback, course evaluations, etc.).
  • A web address or link to an online portfolio of recent work.
  • The names and contact information of three referees

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application in confidence, addressed to the Chair, Tenure- Track Drawing and Painting Search Committee.

The review of applications will begin on January 10, 2023 and will continue until filled.