Position Description

Contractually Limited Term Appointment (CLTA), Lecturer/Assistant Professor: Creative Writing Program
Job Code 1826
Department Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Employment Type Temporary/Contract
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The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Interdisciplinary Studies (FOLASSIS) invites applications for a CLTA position at the rank of Lecturer/Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing program (CRWR) BFA program. The position is expected to commence August 1, 2020 and is subject to budgetary approval.

OCAD U’s Creative Writing program offers a dynamic hands-on, studio-based approach to the study, practice, and production of spoken, written, and visual texts as well as experimental language forms. The program emphasizes the student’s role in creating literature and social change, merging both creative and discursive contexts in a creative writing BFA degree.

The successful candidate for this position will be expected to have a strong record of publication and/or performance in poetry, dub poetry, and/or spoken word, as well as experience teaching creative writing (open genre) at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.


The successful candidate will:

  • Teach at all undergraduate levels in the Creative Writing BFA program
  • Assume a key role in the ongoing development of the Creative Writing undergraduate program curriculum, policies and promotion; participating in Faculty and program meetings and initiatives
  • Maintain an active professional practice, research and/or scholarship within the creative writing or related discipline
  • 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 should have:

  • An MFA in creative writing or equivalent professional experience and record of publication/performance (PhD in Creative Writing considered an asset)
  • A minimum of two (2) years relevant teaching experience at the post-secondary level (or equivalent) with an excellent record of professional activity in a creative writing discipline, as well as an affinity for cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration
  • An excellent record of professional practice and/or research, i.e. community projects, publications, performance, and/or exhibitions at the national and international level
  • Experience proactively advancing decolonization, diversity and equity, Indigenous knowledges and sustainability in curriculum, teaching, scholarship, and creative/professional activities
  • An aptitude for developing and delivering innovative curriculum
  • Previous experience teaching in interdisciplinary programs; teaching and supervising students in an art and design context would be considered an asset
  • Demonstrated academic leadership, collegiality, conflict resolution skills, sensitivity to the learning needs of students
  • A proven record of promoting respectful and inclusive work and learning environments for students, staff, and faculty
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational abilities


CLTA faculty have a maximum workload assignment of 5 courses (0.5 credit) and fulfill a workload comprised of Teaching & Teaching-Related Duties, Professional Practice/Research and Service. This appointment will be made from August 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, at maximum-load (100%).


Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications with access to full benefits.


Applications should include the following:

  • A letter of intent stating the candidate’s 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, course outlines or relevant teaching materials, 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, CLTA Search Committee, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, online by clicking “Apply Now” below.

The review of applications will begin on April 24, 2020 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 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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