Tenure-Track Opportunity in Experimental Animation Program, OCAD University

Faculty of Art Tenure-Track
Assistant Professor: Experimental Animation Program

The Faculty of Art invites applications for a full-time tenure-track teaching position within the recently developed Experimental Animation Program at the rank of Assistant Professor. 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.

In tandem with the recent launch of our Experimental Animation program, this individual will support alternative and non-conventional animation practice, using a variety of analog and/or digital approaches and technologies in experimental or hybrid ways. The individual will have the ability to teach both foundational and advanced animation courses, bringing technically innovative approaches along with a strong conceptual direction to their practice. A strong understanding of critical issues within contemporary animation practice is required, including the ability to lead seminar discussions on issues of representation and character design as it pertains to race, gender, and cultural stereotyping in animation. Through a significant record of professional practice and dissemination, we anticipate this hire will contribute to curricular and program advances for the Experimental Animation program.

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 experimental and non-conventional animation practice, demonstrating expertise in one (1) or more of the following analog/digital animation approaches and technologies:

  • Single-channel work
  • Character Design and Animation
  • Narrative animation
  • Documentary animation
  • Non narrative / Abstract animation
  • Expanded practices such as installation, performance and interactivity
  • 2D Analogue or Digital Animation
  • Stop Motion
  • Experimental hybrid art practice (2D & 3D)

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

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES

The successful candidate will:

  • teach primarily in the Experimental Animation Program but will have complementary teaching strengths in other program areas within Faculty of Art and Graduate Studies
  • maintain an active research and professional practice relevant to the Experimental Animation 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

QUALIFICATION

The ideal candidate will have:

  • a terminal degree or equivalent in relevant disciplines; MA, MFA or PhD considered an asset; 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 a contemporary visual art or media program and experience teaching. Supervision of graduate students in a post-secondary institution is considered an asset.
  • administrative experience at the post-secondary level is considered an asset.
  • a notable record of recognized professional practice relevant to Experimental Animation and Integrated Media program areas; a lived experience and/or a solid theoretical/conceptual understanding of intersectional racialized and/or Indigenous epistemologies in this field is considered an asset.
  • a critical understanding of historical and contemporary practices as well as familiarity with the professional animation industry and organizations.
  • experience proactively advancing decolonizing, 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 as well as animation and media art practice.
  • a proven record of promoting a respectful and inclusive work and learning environment for students, staff, and faculty

REMUNERATION

Salary 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 (a) the areas of teaching related to Experimental animation, (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 Experimental Animation Program Search Committee.

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