Teaching Assistant, Marker/Grader, Winter 2023 – VISM-2006: Critical Play

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 Arts & Science invites applications for the following anticipated course offering in the Winter semester of the 2022-23 academic year. All positions are subject to budgetary approval and meeting target registration in courses. You will only be contacted if you are shortlisted for an interview.


(January 05, 2023– April 05, 2023; In Person; Wednesdays 3:10PM- 6:10PM)

Through critical play practices, we experiment with identity, creative expression and invention, and we learn to improvise in a system of rules. This course addresses how such forms of play can generate criticality among players. Students will explore meaning-making in play through exploration of a range of games, and by tracing a history of subversive art practices from Surrealism to contemporary game creation. Finally, the course presents diverse analytical approaches, including art history, critical theory and visual culture, to enable students to construct critical play practices. Understanding games beyond entertainment, the course seeks to foster critically-aware gamers.

Meet regularly with the faculty and students on grading, course content and other matters as needed; assist in the evaluation of student work, using criteria established by the supervising faculty; work with faculty and other academic staff in support of the University’s educational goals and objectives; participate in the provision of a safe and secure environment for all members of the University community and its facilities.

The ideal candidate should have a graduate degree, undergraduate degree or be currently enrolled in a relevant graduate program; a demonstrated understanding of pedagogy, e.g. course preparation, teaching methods, evaluations standards, etc., English as a Second Language training is considered an asset; strong organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills; sound knowledge of, and commitment to, healthy and safe work practices; previous teaching assistance experience at the post-secondary level.

Teaching Assistants are hired annually on a per-course basis with fixed-term annual contracts renewable to a maximum of 3 years.

Please note:

  • As mandated by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS), full-time graduate students may not accept Teaching Assistant or other university related employment in excess of 10 hours per week (or 130 hours per semester).
  • One cannot hold both a Teaching Assistant and Faculty Appointment within the same semester.
  • All positions are subject to budgetary approval and satisfactory enrolment levels.
  • If you are a work or study permit holder, please note a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) and Canadian bank account is a condition of employment.


Hours per week are based on enrollment.


$27.68 per hour 6% in lieu of benefits plus vacation pay, as applicable, per the provisions of the Employment Standards Act.

Applications should include:
a letter of intent stating the candidate’s interests in the areas of teaching by identifying specific relevant courses above; a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three references. Please upload all application documents in PDF format.

The review of applications will begin on Monday, December 12, 2022 8:30am and will continue until the position is filled.

IMPORTANT: Before completing your application, please double check your attachments to ensure they align with the position you are applying for, and the files are named following the standard naming convention: FirstInitial_LastName-Job Code-Document Type . If the posting you are applying for lists multiple courses, please indicate the course(s) you are applying for within your cover letter and/or CV. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

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 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 .

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.

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