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Sessional Instructor: Inclusive Art Design and Communications

Closes on Friday, May 24, 2019
OCAD University
Toronto, ON


(Spring Semester: June 10, 2019 – June 21, 2019; Monday – Friday; 8:30am – 4:30pm)

This resident seminar and studio will serve to synthesize and explore the interrelationships of inclusive design theory and methods with art, design and communication; how the fields of art, design and communications inform and contribute to inclusive design especially as it relates to the inclusive design of emerging information and communication technology. Students will also examine how traditional art, design and communication notions and theoretical framings either support or undermine inclusion, and will be engaged in proposing inclusive art, design and communication methods by addressing specific ‘real world’ design challenges. The synthesized findings will be presented in a critical analysis of the intersecting fields, illustrated through a designed ‘real world’ example of inclusive practice.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teaching and teaching-related responsibilities may include but are not limited to: course outline development, studio preparation and delivery inclusive of lectures, critiques, grading, mid-term evaluations and final evaluations/reviews, participation in some Faculty and program meetings; and meeting academic and curricular requirements and deadlines.


The first instructor should have qualifications focused on inclusive art museums/museum accessibility:

The successful applicant should have a graduate degree in museum studies, art history or a relevant discipline and/or equivalent professional/practical experience with a high level of expertise in inclusive museum practices and/or museum accessibility with a high level of practical expertise and experience with developing solutions that include diverse individuals in museum experiences (such as blind and low-vision museum visitors).

The successful candidate will have:

  • knowledge of museum accessibility practices, the museum accessibility movement, how it is being implemented in cultural/museum spaces locally, nationally and internationally
  • outstanding communication skills (with an understanding of how to communicate to diverse audiences)
  • knowledge of museum history, particularly how that history relates to the inclusion (or exclusion) of diverse perspectives in museum and cultural spaces
  • experience as a community liaison to facilitate interactions with organizations (the CNIB, for example) that relate to these topics
  • knowledge of visitor research and related practices that pertain to the evaluation and assessment of inclusive museum experience
  • teaching experience is an asset, particularly knowledge of adult education as it pertains to museums and cultural space
  • the successful applicant will have demonstrated their commitment to principles of equity and diversity, and their ability to work effectively and collegially with a diverse population


The second instructor should have qualifications focused on inclusive design, behaviour, neurodiversity and immersive multi-sensory technology:


The successful applicant should have a graduate degree in design, inclusive design or a relevant discipline and/or equivalent professional/practical experience with a high level of expertise in inclusive design within a neurodiversity context, in particular, how neurodiversity interacts with information and communication technology to afford the inclusion of neurodiverse perspectives (autism spectrum, ADHD, or related populations). The successful candidate will have:


  • knowledge of applied behavioural analysis, such as understanding how interactions between human behaviours and environment (such as how rearranging an environment to promote/encourage socially meaningful behavioural changes is possible)
  • knowledge of augmented and virtual reality technologies, including how the affordances of these can afford the inclusion of neurodiverse individuals
  • liaising and collaborating with community partners to develop professional development, training, workshops and resources (e.g., city governments, school boards, and community organizations) to support inclusion and enhance accessibility.
  • the successful applicant will have demonstrated their commitment to principles of equity and diversity, and their ability to work effectively and collegially with a diverse population.


TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Sessional appointments are fixed-term annual contracts. Sessional compensation includes a per-course pay scale with salary level of $5,273.00 plus 7% in lieu of benefits and vacation pay per the provisions of the Employment Standards Act. These positions are subject to budgetary approval and satisfactory enrolment levels.


Applications should include: a letter of intent stating the candidate’s interests in the areas of teaching by identifying relevant courses above; a curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy that responds to the profile of the position; a digital portfolio of recent and current work /publications (if applicable); and the names and contact information of three references. Please upload all application documents in PDF format.


Interested applicants are invited to submit their application in confidence, addressed to Graduate Studies Sessional Appointments Committee, online, by clicking the “Apply Now” button below.


The review of applications will begin on May 24, 2019 at 4:00pm, and will continue until the position is filled.


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 designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire .

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 of 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. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.

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