Sessional Instructor: Physical Comp. II: Interfaces, Faculty of Art, Winter 2023/24

OCAD University

OCAD University (OCAD U), Canada’s 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 and collaborative teachers in the following sessional opportunities/opportunity.

The Faculty of Art invites applications for the following anticipated course offerings in the winter semester of the 2023-24 academic year:

INTM-2012 Physical Comp. II: Interfaces (0.5 Credits)

(Winter Semester: January 4 – April 19, 2024; Tuesday; 11:50AM to 2:50PM)


The principles of logic gained in INTM-2011 Physical Computing I: Kinetics are applied to “real-time” events. There will be a focus on building artworks that examine the interface between microcontrollers and a variety of sensors (temperature, proximity, motion). Theories of input analysis and responsiveness will be explored in order to build the student’s understanding of this complex field as it relates to user databases, performance, installation and behavioral environments.

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 Faculty and program meetings; including responsibility for health & safety and meeting academic and curricular requirements and deadlines.

  • INTM 2012 requires knowledge of the creative application of electronics, circuit design, microcontrollers (Arduino, PIC), and sensors to the design and construction of kinetic and interactive artworks and media installations. A strong knowledge of digital and analog fabrication techniques as they relate to physical computing, sculpture and installation is ideal. An informed understanding of the historical and contemporary conditions that inform physical computing’s position within contemporary art practice is considered an asset.
  • The successful applicant should have a terminal degree in art, design or relevant discipline and/or equivalent professional/practical experience
  • Experience teaching at the post-secondary level is considered an asset, equivalent relevant experience will be considered
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and experience promoting a respectful and inclusive work and learning environment for students, staff, and faculty

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Sessional appointments are fixed-term annual contracts. Sessional compensation includes a per-course pay scale with salary level of $6,871 (per 0.5 credit course) 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 be complete and include:

  • A letter of intent stating the candidate’s interests in and experience relating to teaching the course listed above (where applicable state the specific course from those listed above);
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A statement of teaching philosophy that responds to the profile of the position;
  • A web address/link to an online or PDF portfolio of recent relevant design/art/teaching work;
  • And the names and contact information of three references.

Please upload all five (5) components (including the URL to work) in one PDF format. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please name your upload: FirstInitial_LastName-Job Code

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application in confidence, addressed to Faculty of Art Appointments Committee, online.

The review of applications will begin on Monday, November 27, 2023, at 4:00 pm and will continue until the position is filled.

More information on submitting applications on OCAD U’s online applicant system can be found on the Employment Opportunities page.

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada for any employer (with a valid work or study permit, SIN and Canadian bank account).

If you require further support, please contact the People & Culture Office.

As an institution committed to art, design, digital media and related scholarship, OCAD University (OCAD U) recognizes the profound and essential value that diversity brings to the creation, reception and circulation of creative practices and discourse. OCAD U 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.

In order to alleviate the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous faculty, 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 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 People & Culture 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.