Faculty Position in Packaging/Graphic Communications

Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications Management

Tenure Track Position in Packaging/Graphic Communications


Posted: December 21, 2021

Deadline to Apply: Friday, January 21, 2022

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada, and on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the School of Graphic Communications Management in The Creative School at invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2022, subject to final budgetary approval.

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, scholarly research and/or creative activity and service duties while maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Teaching duties will entail teaching at the undergraduate level, supervision of students and curriculum development with future opportunities for graduate level teaching. The successful candidate will further pursue a strong, innovative research program or creative activity that is externally funded and that produces impactful, high quality results and publications.

Candidates must hold a Masters degree related to packaging, graphic communications, or another subject area closely related to the field by the appointment date. A PhD is preferred. Industry experience at the senior management level is also valued at the School of Graphic Communications Management.

The successful candidate must present evidence of expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • packaging design, development and prototyping 
  • premedia workflows and automation, for printing and/or packaging
  • package printing including flexo, gravure, offset and digital printing
  • emerging technologies for graphic communication applications.

In addition, the successful candidate is expected to present evidence of::

  • a strong emerging scholarly research and/or creative activity that is current, innovative and impactful;  
  • a demonstrated potential for teaching excellence at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum;
  • a commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and 
  • an ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the School of Graphic Communications Management and the University, through collegial service.  

Our committee recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions. 

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found.

Ryerson University

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture. 

GCM at The Creative School

The School of Graphic Communications Management, within The Creative School, offers an undergraduate program to over 600 students of diverse backgrounds. GCM prides itself on the excellence of its research, the quality of its teaching and community engagement. We are interested in candidates who will contribute to our existing strengths in research/creative activity and teaching, through academic, professional and diverse lived experiences and perspectives. 

Working at Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do. 

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Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by January 21, 2022. The position will remain open until filled; applications received by January 21, 2022, will be guaranteed consideration. 

The application must contain the following: 

  • a letter of application 
  • a curriculum vitae 
  • a statement of research interests 
  • a teaching dossier and if applicable, results of teaching evaluations
  • names of three individuals who may be contacted for references
  • a one-page statement on past, current and/or planned contributions to EDI such as, but not limited to: research/ teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented groups; inclusive pedagogies; public engagement activities that reach out to marginalized communities; mentoring students from underrepresented groups.

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.  


Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to Dr Abhay Sharma, Chair, Department Hiring Committee, at . 

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Miigis Kwe, the Indigenous Human Resources Lead and the founding co-Chair of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Community Group at . 

Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at .   

For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please contact Kerri MacDonald