[visionlist] Assistant Professor, Industrial and Inclusive Design (robotics and/or human-centred computing applied to design)


Please see this exiting posting below for a joint tenure track appointment
between our Industrial Design (ID) undergraduate program, in partnership
with the Inclusive Design graduate program (INCD) at OCAD University in
Toronto. Among other things we are seeking someone with expertise in
robotics and/or human centred computing with applied translations into

Full online posting:


Job Code:1066
# of openings:1

OCAD University (OCAD U), Canada¹s university of the imagination, provides
a vibrant and stimulating environment for its faculty and students.
Committed to excellence and contemporary approaches to education, OCAD U
offers seventeen undergraduate programs, seven graduate programs, and a
variety of continuing education courses in art, media and design. OCAD U
is currently seeking outstanding, creative researchers/practitioners and
gifted, collaborative teachers to augment its professoriate in this
tenure-track opportunity. It is an exciting time to join the OCAD U
community as the University is at a key stage in its institutional
transformation, with its Creative City Campus capital project and the
development of a new academic plan.


The Industrial Design (ID) undergraduate program, in partnership with the
Inclusive Design graduate program (INCD) at OCAD University, invite
applications from curious, unconventional, polymaths for a tenure-track
position at the rank of Assistant Professor as an interdisciplinary
appointment shared between ID and INCD. With a focus on creative
technologies and product-related design, the position would support our
current efforts to build a faculty with practical, theoretical and
methodological versatility with the goal of designing experiences,
products and technologies to improve life, health and well-being. The
position is to commence on August 1, 2017 and is subject to budgetary

OCAD U is a growing institution, looking for people who will help us
foster a culture and community of innovation that engenders the creation
of meaningful objects, tools, and products that shape our daily lives in
response to cultural, social and technological changes. We are
particularly interested in candidates who aim to design for the fullest
range of human diversity including ability, language, culture, gender and
age. INCD and ID faculty members creatively design, engineer and apply
technologies from a user-centered design approach that aims to support the
diverse ways that people, objects and spaces interact.

The ideal candidate will be a designer-educator-scholar who will establish
and lead teaching and research that explores transdisciplinary fields and
paradigms. As a researcher, they will work with students to produce
internationally recognized work, and develop collaborative relationships
with industry as well as academia and the community. Applicants should be
able to publish in peer-reviewed venues, and be able to obtain funding to
support their work. They should value innovative and effective teaching
for students from different cultural and intellectual backgrounds.
Promising applicants will combine engineering virtuosity with a commitment
to creative and thoughtful design. Candidates should submit their interest
in response to one or more of the following categories of research,
teaching, and practice:

* robotics* and/or human-centred computing with applied translations into
industrial design;
* robotics and/or human-centred computing with applied translations into
the built environment;
* robotics and/or human-centred computing with applied translations into
sculpture and/or manufacturing.

*By ³robotics² we are referring to techniques that enable embodied
interactions among users, products, built environments, services, and
systems. These could include: machine perception (such as computer vision,
audition, and tactile sensing), cognition (such as planning and learning),
and action (such as manipulation, kinematics, and control).

Overall, we seek candidates who use new technologies to
create/engineer/invent products to address human needs. This often
requires an ability to critically reflect on social, cultural, and
technological change.

The successful candidate will:

* teach across multiple year levels in the Industrial Design undergraduate
program and the Inclusive Design graduate program, with potential
opportunity to teach across other undergraduate and graduate programs;
* assume a key role in the development of curriculum and pedagogical
practices in relation to existing and emerging areas of Industrial Design
and Inclusive Design, and course design and delivery methods in the field
of design within the above-mentioned categories of research, teaching, and
* 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;
* maintain an active research, professional practice and/or scholarship
within relevant discipline;and
* provide service to the faculty and University-wide governance system, as
well as participate building the University community and promoting the
quality of student life and University culture.

The ideal candidate will have:

* a Masters degree in a design-related area and a PhD in an area relevant
to the embodied interaction between humans, digital products and physical
* demonstrated industry-relevant expertise as a design practitioner in the
health and wellbeing sector; in research, innovation and development as
part of an engineering design team using methods of user centered and/or
inclusive design; and/or in regulatory standards pertaining to compliance
with technical aspects of accessibility principles and legislation;
* competencies in social robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and
machine learning;
* ability to teach introductory computer science, programming, and/or
robotics to design students;
* demonstrated competencies in computer coding, which could include
digital fabrication, parametric/generative modelling, robotics and their
application in industrial design research and development processes;
* a proven record of teaching of a minimum of two years at the
post-secondary level and show an aptitude for innovative studio- and
learning outcome­based curriculum development;
* previous experience teaching in interdisciplinary programs, with
supervision of graduate students considered an asset;
* a proven record of research and/or professional practice relevant to
qualifications, experience and discipline;
* experience proactively advancing equity and sustainability in
curriculum, teaching, scholarship, and creative/professional activities;
* a demonstrated understanding of the ways in which equity, Indigenous
knowledge, and sustainability are fundamental to the quality of student
experience, to innovative scholarship, and to design production; and
* a proven record of promoting a respectful and inclusive work and
learning environment for students, staff, and faculty.

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

Applications should include: a letter of intent stating the candidate¹s
interests in the areas of teaching, research/professional practice, and
service to Faculty- and University-wide governance; a curriculum vitae; a
statement of teaching philosophy that responds to the profile of the
position; evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as sample assignments,
student feedback, course evaluations, etc.); a digital portfolio of recent
work/publications (if applicable); and the names and contact information
of three referees.
Interested applicants are invited to submit their application in
confidence, addressed to Chair, Industrial Design and Inclusive Design
Tenure-Track Search Committee, Faculty of Design online by clicking on the
³Apply for this Position² button below.

The review of applications will begin on February 15, 2017 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 institution¹s 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
equity-seeking groups to self-identify within their letter of intent in
their application.

In order to alleviate the under-representation of racialized and
Indigenous tenure-track faculty and academic administrators, priority in
hiring will be given to qualified racialized and Indigenous persons who
self-identify as such in the application process. This initiative is a
special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
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 U¹s
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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