A position as an assistant/associate Professor in Digital Entertainment at the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada.
CAD University is Canada’s largest specialized University of art, media and design.  Located on a twelve-building campus in the heart of downtown Toronto, the University offers a vibrant and stimulating work environment for over 600 faculty and academic staff, more than 4,360 undergraduate students, and over 250 graduate students. Committed to excellence and contemporary approaches to education, and research/creation, OCAD University offers 17 undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA), a Bachelor of Design (BDes) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, and six graduate programs that result in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Design (MDes), Master of Arts (MA) or a Graduate Diploma. Recent programs include the interdisciplinary Digital Futures undergraduate and graduate program offerings, an interdisciplinary Indigenous Visual Culture BFA, an Honours BA in Visual and Critical Studies (Art History), and an MDes in Design for Health.  The University has experienced remarkable growth over the past five years and requires outstanding researchers, creative researchers/practitioners, and gifted teachers with dedication to pedagogical innovation and academic excellence to join OCAD University in an exciting period of institutional development and opportunity.


The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences invites applications for a full-time tenure-track teaching position in the Digital Futures program, at the Assistant/Associate Professor rank, in the interdisciplinary field of Digital Entertainment. We are seeking candidates whose fields of specialization include, but are not limited to, games, interactive media, immersive technology, and networked media. The position is to commence on August 1, 2016 and is subject to budgetary approval.

The Digital Futures Initiative encompasses cross-disciplinary programs, research, and innovation activities at OCAD University. DFI offers interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs in digital art, media, and design linked to emerging technologies with applications in fields such as art, design, science, sustainability, health and wellness, accessibility, diversity, and global innovation and business development. OCAD University has an established research program in diverse fields of digital endeavour and related disciplines, with dedicated research laboratories. Faculty appointed to DFI are active in the development and utilization of these laboratories.

Applicants should specialize in the fields of, but not limited to, games, interactive media, immersive technology, and/or networked media.


The successful candidate will:

  • teach across multiple year levels in the Digital Futures undergraduate and graduate programs with the potential to teach other undergraduate and graduate programs across the University;
  • assume a key role in the curriculum development of digital entertainment;
  • maintain an active research and practice profile with a focus on contemporary and future applications of digital entertainment across multiple platforms; and
  • provide service to the Faculty- and University-wide governance system, as well as service activities and outreach initiatives that contribute to the academic life and profile of the University.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • a PhD in Interactive Media, Computer Science or other related fields;
  • a minimum of two years professional experience;
  • a proven record of research, scholarship and publication; experience in game curation, an interest in experimental and expanded game forms, and a successful track record of industry collaborations will be considered assets;
  • a thorough knowledge of the history, theory, and practice of digital entertainment and games and possess a significant level of technical skill;
  • expertise in games or digital entertainment across multiple platforms, including mobile, online, indie games and extended reality gaming, with a concentration in one of these fields;
  • a proven record of teaching at the post-secondary level and show an aptitude for innovative curriculum development; previous experience teaching in interdisciplinary programs, and teaching and supervising graduate students will be considered assets;
  • outstanding communication, interpersonal and time-management skills; and
  • a demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity, and proven ability to work effectively and collegially with a diverse population.

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


Applications should include: a letter of intent stating the candidate’s interests in the areas of teaching, research/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; 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 Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, online by by clicking on the “Apply for this Position” button below.

The review of applications will begin on February 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

More information on the OACD Website.


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