Department Chair of Department of Design
York University School of Arts Media Performance and Design

Department Chair, Department of Design, School of Arts Media Performance and Design, York University


The Design department, School of Arts Media Performance and Design at York University

invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level and as Department Chair specializing in User Experience Design or Service Design, , to commence July 1, 2023. The Chair role is assigned for a 3-year, renewable term and typically rotates among tenured faculty members in the Department. The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.


The Department of Design is a leader in design education in Canada with newly reimagined curricula in both its undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare design professionals for success in both industry and academia. We are looking to further develop our industry-leading user experience design focus, while delivering sustainable process-oriented systems and products relevant to commercial and social needs. 

The successful candidate is expected to contribute and collaborate effectively across the department and with students in our areas of Interaction Design, Information Design, and Visual Communication Design, as well as to collaborate across campus.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Degree: A PhD or PhD equivalent typically an MDES/MA/MFA with a substantial record in professional or academic experience related to User Experience Design and/or Service Design is required along with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching.
  • Research/Practice Expertise:
    • Clearly articulated program of research or research creation, or professional practice and specialization in User Experience Design and/or Service Design.
    • Engaged in outstanding, innovative, and as appropriate, externally funded research at the highest level.
    • Research excellence of a recognized international calibre, as evidenced in the research statement; publications (or forthcoming publications) with significant journals and books in the field; presentations at major conferences; exhibitions and other research creation outputs, awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from referees of high standing.
    • Evidence of collaborative leadership to help integrate and enhance ongoing research in the department.
    • Evidence of ability to develop collaborations and build partnerships that create opportunities at York University in shaping new directions in the growth areas of User Experience Design and/or Service Design is an asset. The successful candidate will be encouraged to facilitate multidisciplinary connections within York University, for example with Lassonde School of Engineering, Schulich School of Business, School of Global Health, etc. and with researchers, governance bodies and community partners outside the university.


  • Teaching:
    • Minimum of 5 years teaching experience.
    • Excellence in teaching, as evidenced in the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations; strong letters of reference.
    • Suitability for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (i.e., completion of terminal degree), given that the position will involve graduate teaching and supervision in addition to teaching duties at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum
    • Experience in facilitating equity, diversity, decolonization, and inclusion within curriculum is an asset.


  • Administrative:
    • We seek a leader who will take an action-oriented leadership in supporting and facilitating Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in departmental and institutional practices.
    • Evidence of effective and impactful administrative experience. This could include but is not limited to experience in recruitment planning, academic scheduling, faculty teaching assignments, hiring sessional instructors, departmental budgeting, student advising and managing the undergraduate program assessment.

Hiring Policies:

  • Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.
  • All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority.
  • York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Shital Desai, Chair of the Search Committee at
  • York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and those who self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting this voluntary self-identification form


Application Components:

  • Due date for completed applications: 30 November, 2022 14 December, 2022 (Extended Deadline)
  • Required application components: 1) up-to-date curriculum vitae; 2) a statement of leadership qualifications and approach; 3) a statement of research; 4) portfolio (or portfolio URL) and/or dossier; 5) a statement of teaching interests; 5) evidence of teaching excellence, e.g., student evaluations, peer teaching assessments, sample syllabi, etc.; and 6) the names and contact information for three references (who will be contacted for reference letters if shortlisted for interview).
  • Submit application materials to: Barb Batke, Administrative Assistant, Department of Design, York University, 4008 Dahdaleh Building, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3, Canada,
  • Candidates must also download, complete, and submit a Work Status Declaration form. This is a mandatory form, and no application will be considered without it.


University Context:

  • York University is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.
  • York University supports Indigenous research and education through its Indigenous Framework for York University, the Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages and the Indigenous Council. It is also invested in Advancing Black Research & Scholarship, and recently announced the recipients of the inaugural York Black Research Seed Fund awards.  
  • York University is located in Toronto, Canada’s largest city and one of the world’s most diverse. In 2022, Forbes named Toronto one of the Ten Best Cities to Live. York University is accessible from downtown Toronto by subway train.

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