The Department of Design, School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream, tenured appointment as Department Chair specializing in User Experience Design or Service Design, at the Associate or Full Professor level, to commence July 1, 2022. 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.

A PhD or PhD equivalent typically an MDES/MA/MFA with a substantial record in professional or academic experience related to User Experience Design or Service Design is required along with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research [or research creation, or professional practice], a CV and a portfolio (or portfolio URL) and/or dossier demonstrating an established record of excellent scholarly research and/or professional projects, where relevant; and a minimum of 5 years academic experience. We seek a collaborative leader, who will help integrate and enhance ongoing research in the department, expand collaborations across York University, and build external partnerships. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to play a key role in shaping new directions in the growth areas of User Experience Design and Service Design.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research at the highest level.

We also recognize the effects the pandemic may have had on the continuity of a prospective applicant’s bona fides and acknowledge that within higher education in Canada, traditional or conventional academic pathways in research can reinforce biases in the filling of faculty posts. We therefore encourage applications that may not fit this mold and challenge traditional notions of scholarship and research.

This position involves administrative work including recruitment planning, academic scheduling, faculty teaching assignments, hiring sessional instructors, departmental budgeting, student advising and managing the undergraduate program assessment.

The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching and the successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference.

York 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 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 Angela Norwood, 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. We are particularly interested in candidates who will contribute to the intellectual and cultural diversity of the York community and can engage the diverse communities of Toronto and surrounding regions. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, 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 the form found at: 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is December 15, 2021. A letter of application with an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of leadership qualification and approach, a statement of research and teaching interests, portfolio (or portfolio URL) and/or dossier, the names and contact information for three references, and evidence of teaching excellence, e.g. statement of teaching philosophy, student evaluations, peer teaching assessments, sample syllabi, etc. should be sent to: Barb Batke, Administrative Assistant, Department of Design, York University, 4008 Dahdaleh Building, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3, Canada,