OCAD Toronto Digital Futures Initiative Job Postings – deadline 15 December 2008 PLEASE NOTE EXTENDED DEADLINE: … EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST + CV: DECEMBER 15TH … FULL APPLICATIONS: MONDAY, JANUARY 5TH The Ontario College of Art & Design is Canada’s largest independent university of art, media and design. Located in the Discovery District of downtown Toronto and at the centre of the city’s dynamic cultural activities, OCAD has 3500 students and over three hundred faculty members. Committed to excellence and contemporary approaches to education. OCAD currently offers 12 programs leading to the BFA and BDes, and three programs leading to Master’s degrees. It is building new interdisciplinary programs. The university has experienced remarkable growth over the past five years and requires outstanding creative researchers/practitioners and gifted teachers to join OCAD in an exciting period of institutional development and opportunity. Drawing on faculty from across the university and working in collaboration with a broad range of Canadian and international private sector and public sector partners, the Digital Futures Initiative (DFI) is a set of new cross-disciplinary programs, research, and innovation activities currently being developed at OCAD. Minors, a major and a suite of graduate programs will provide learning opportunities in digital art, media and design, linking this knowledge to emerging technologies with applications in fields such as art/design and science, sustainability, health and wellness, accessibility, diversity, and global innovation and business development. OCAD has launched a research program in many fields of digital endeavour and related disciplines, and has recently secured significant funding to begin the construction of a series of dedicated research laboratories. Faculty cross-appointed in the DFI will be engaged in all facets of planning and utilization of these laboratories. The DFI Program Development and Selection Committee, comprising representatives from the Faculties of Art, Design, and Liberal Studies, invites applications for the following six tenure-track positions: 1) ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND PROGRAM CHAIR FOR THE DIGITAL FUTURES INITIATIVE The Program Chair for the DFI is responsible for leading the development and implementation of undergraduate and graduate programs within the cross-disciplinary Digital Futures Initiative Program. He/she must be able to build a program comprised of faculty artists, designers, social scientists, humanists, computer scientists, and engineers. She/he will need to facilitate and build relationships with other institutions and private entities. They will have a history of working in collaborative partnerships with other institutions or sectors. Building on existing faculty expertise and curriculum, as well as incoming faculty the successful candidate will oversee the development of new courses and programs, and foster increased research capacity in digital media, art and design and related interdisciplinary fields. Candidates for Program Chair will hold a doctoral degree and have a strong background in interdisciplinary program development and research. Candidates will have expertise in two or more the following areas: computer science, computer engineering, cognitive science, physical computing, human/computer interaction (HCI), artificial intelligence, applied physics, interactive media, Web art, game development, digital imaging, visualisation, media theory, or closely related fields. They will have experience collaborating with artists and designers, a strong research agenda, a track record of successful research and industry collaborations, and a significant record of supervising graduate students. This position may start as early as Spring 2009, subject to availability of the successful candidate. 2) ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, INNOVATION AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: DIGITAL MEDIA, ART AND DESIGN Holding an MBA or PhD in Economics, Management, Communication or Technology, candidates will bring expertise in innovation practice and studies, small and large business development and market analysis with a focus on digital practices within the creative industries and/or cultural entrepreneurship. Their expertise may include knowledge transfer, commercialization or technology transfer. They will bring an understanding of the global economy, including Canadian and emerging markets. They will have demonstrated capacity to work within a highly interdisciplinary setting, as well as practical experience in working with emerging or existing businesses within the digital sector. Experience teaching at the graduate level and supervising graduate students is preferred. . 3) ASSISTANT OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, GRAPHICS, ANIMATION AND VISUALIZATION Applicants will bring knowledge from the general area of Computer Graphics with applications to animation and/or interactive/3-D systems. They will have a PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, New Media Studies or a closely related area, with additional experience or training in creative applications of computer science in the field of graphics. Candidates will have expertise in computer graphic techniques, specifically in animation techniques, and may have expertise in virtual reality, 3-D games, advanced visualization, augmented reality, or and/or mobile/locative media platforms and systems. They will be versed in the history of animation/visualization and the current debates about animation/ visualization practices and aesthetics. They may have experience in artificial intelligence and intelligent systems design. 4) ASSISTANT OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, GAME DESIGN Applicants will bring a general expertise in games design or development across multiple platforms, including mobile, on-line, platform, serious games and extended reality gaming, with a concentration in one of these fields. They will have a strong history of creative practice and/or knowledge in gaming and will also be capable of contributing to scholarship in the history, theory, aesthetics and genre criticism in computer games, preferably within an international context. Holding a PhD in Interactive Media, Computer Science or other related field and bringing a minimum of 4 years professional experience, they will be capable of curriculum development in computer games and of teaching games development approaches to artists as well as designers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. They will be interested in exploring research in contemporary and future applications of games across multiple contexts, including art as well as design, and are expected to be engaged at an international level. 5) ASSISTANT OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, WEARABLE/MOBILE TECHNOLOGY AND INTERFACES Applicants will bring both research and practical expertise in the creation of wearable technologies and interfaces such as apparel or jewellery. They will combine technical and creative skills with knowledge of materials and engineering. Candidates may approach wearable technologies from various perspectives. This position will work closely with OCAD’s Mobile Experience Laboratory and mobile research area as well as its programs in integrated media, textiles and jewellery. It is preferable that the successful candidate hold a PhD in Computer Science or Engineering with strong design or wearable art or mobile interface practice. Exceptional candidates with an MFA or Masters of Design in fashion and supplementary studies in engineering will be considered. Applicants will bring capacity in wearable systems creation, fashion and technology/ engineering, and the ability to build physical interfaces to virtual systems. 6) ASSISTANT OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, HUMAN/COMPUTER INTERACTION AND TANGIBLE INTERFACES Applicants will bring experience in Human/Computer Interaction (HCI) with a focus on tangible interfaces or ethnography. It is preferable that the successful candidate hold a PhD in cognitive science or computer science with an additional field in the humanities, social sciences or design. This position will work closely with OCAD’s studio-based programs on implementing tangible interfaces. Exceptional candidates with a Master’s in Fine Arts or Design and Engineering will be considered. They will have a significant record of supervising graduate students, be familiar with the interdisciplinary scholarship that encompasses HCI and have a history of collaboration with designers or artists. A successful track record in research and industry collaborations is expected. ALL POSITIONS The successful candidates will … assume a key role in building the interdisciplinary Digital Futures Initiative, contributing to teaching and program development at the undergraduate and graduate levels; … be expected to develop strong, externally funded research programs and engage with cross-disciplinary research teams; … be expected to participate in Faculty and university-wide governance systems, as well as other activities that contribute to the academic life of OCAD. Unless otherwise noted, these positions are to commence with the 2009/10 academic year and are subject to budgetary approval. In light of the specialized nature of some of the positions, OCAD is open to considering secondments. Candidates are expected to hold a doctoral degree or be close to completion. In some positions a degree at the master’s level combined with exceptional industry experience and credentials will be considered. They must have experience in the relevant art or design related discipline or in their area of research; a strong record of creative practice, research, scholarship and publication and/or exemplary professional practice; evidence of positive post- secondary teaching experience; and an aptitude for innovative curriculum development in a degree-granting art and design university. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applications should include a letter outlining interests in the areas of teaching, research/practice, and service; a curriculum vitae; a digital portfolio of recent work where appropriate; and the names and contact information of at least three references submitted in confidence to the address listed below. We would like to receive expressions of interest by December 15th, including an electronic curriculum vitae. Full applications should reach us no later than Monday, January 5th. The review of applications will take place in stages with an eye toward inviting short-listed candidates to OCAD between mid January and late February. DFI Program Development & Selection Committee Ontario College of Art & Design 100 McCaul Street Toronto, ON M5T 1W1 Fax: (416) 977-3034 E-mail: rdickenson [at] ocad.ca Website: www.ocad.ca As an employment equity employer, we encourage applications from women, First Nations People, visible minorities, and people 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.