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Vice-President, Academic Provost

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Author odgers
Date September 5, 2018
Type Full Time
Company OCAD University
Salary Competitive - Per Hour
Location Toronto, ON
Category Art Administration
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OCAD University (OCAD U)—Canada’s largest and oldest art and design post-secondary institution—invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice-President, Academic & Provost. In order to alleviate the underrepresentation of racialized and Indigenous administrators, and in accordance with the University’s special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code, priority in hiring will be given to qualified racialized and Indigenous persons who self-identify as such in the application process.

OCAD U is undergoing a dramatic evolution that is significantly strengthening its position as a global leader in art and design research, practice, and education. The University is home to: a world-class and diverse faculty, and is in an enviable position of increasing its faculty complement; a talented group of senior administrators and staff who have been successful in their mission to ignite imagination; and, an array of intellectually-curious students who embrace historical and expanded notions of art and design and, through their work, show the transformative impact an art and design orientation has on the world. This is a truly exciting time for the University, and the OCAD U community is eager to attract a passionate and forward-thinking administrator who will work closely with faculty, staff, and students to lead, implement, and further the University’s bold academic plan.

The Vice-President, Academic & Provost is the chief academic officer of the University, responsible for driving innovation and excellence across the institution while inspiring the highest standards of scholarly, creative, research and studio work. Reporting to the President and Vice-Chancellor, the Vice-President, Academic & Provost oversees the University’s academic administration, ensuring alignment with its strategic plan, and is responsible for the Quality Assurance of all academic programs and serves as Vice-Chair of University Senate. The Vice-President, Academic & Provost will provide leadership and guidance to Deans and Directors across a range of academic support services as well as teaching, research, scholarly activity, and experiential learning. The incumbent will lead efforts to decolonize curriculum and hiring practices, and University operations.

The ideal candidate will be a transformative leader with solid academic administrative experience, and a track record of advancing academic excellence. The successful candidate has strong budget skills and a proven record of effective leadership within a complex post-secondary environment. Exceptional communication and problem-solving skills, a transparent, collaborative leadership style, lived experience as well as a passion for cultural diversity and Indigenous knowledge, a student-centred outlook, and the willingness and desire to embrace new and innovative ways to move the University forward will be critical to the person’s success.  A PhD in a relevant discipline, or a terminal degree in art, design, or digital media or MBA would be desirable, as is a record of teaching practice, research, research-creation or professional practice accomplishment. The successful candidate will embrace the plurality of the OCAD U environment, the diversity found in its people, and the cutting-edge ideas, discoveries, and artistic expressions for which they are known. The Vice-President, Academic & Provost must be eligible for appointment with tenure at the senior ranks.

Located on a twelve-building campus, OCAD University offers a vibrant and stimulating work environment for over 600 faculty and academic staff, more than 4225 undergraduate students, and over 270 graduate students. Committed to excellence and contemporary approaches to education, research, and creation, OCAD University offers 18 undergraduate programs; seven graduate programs; has new programs in development including a studio-based creative writing program, an experimental animation program, and a practice-based PhD program; and, is currently developing joint degrees, curriculum and articulation agreements within the Ontario college and university sectors. OCAD U graduates include artists, designers, curators, cultural workers and creative industry entrepreneurs who contribute to sectors as diverse as arts and culture, entertainment, media, healthcare, engineering, community development, government, and finance. OCAD U is an active city-builder in an increasingly cosmopolitan Toronto, and is deeply committed to advancing decolonization and supporting Indigenous knowledges and cultures.

The Search Committee will begin consideration of candidates in late September 2018. Nominations, applications, or expressions of interest should be directed to Gerri Woodford or Jason Murray at

We encourage members of designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire.

OCAD U 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.

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