New dean of Graduate Studies

OCAD University has appointed Dr. Ashok Mathur as Dean of Graduate Studies, effective January 1, 2018. As Dean, reporting to the Vice-President Academic & Provost, Dr. Mathur will be responsible for the educational and research leadership, development and supervision of Graduate Studies and its alignment with the academic plan and integration into the larger strategic plan of the university.

Dr. Mathur holds a Ph.D. in Postcolonial Literature from the University of Calgary. He recently completed a term as Head of Creative Studies at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia. Dr. Mathur served as a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Cultural and Artistic Inquiry, and Director of the Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada (CiCAC) at Thompson Rivers University.

A long-time advocate of critical race theory as it pertains to the postsecondary institution, Dr. Mathur works continuously to address radical forms of equity and Indigenous knowledge.

Dr. Ashok Mathur named Dean of Graduate Studies

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

OCAD University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ashok Mathur as Dean of Graduate Studies, effective January 1, 2018. Dr. Mathur recently completed a term as Head of Creative Studies at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia, which began January, 2014.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Mathur join OCAD U,” said Dr. Gillian Siddall, Vice President Academic & Provost. “He brings with him tremendous administrative and teaching experience, as well as a significant record of research and creative practice. He is very well positioned to contribute to advancing the priorities of the academic plan.”

Before joining UBC, Dr. Mathur served as a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Cultural and Artistic Inquiry, and Director of the Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada (CiCAC) at Thompson Rivers University. Prior to that, Dr. Mathur served as Head of Critical and Cultural Studies at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (2001-05).

Dr. Mathur has produced five books and numerous projects, both creative and critical, that focus on and feature the intersections of artistic engagement. His most recent book is a long poem entitled The First Black White Man, which, supported by a Canada Council writing grant, was incorporated into a ‘living arts’ space revolving around one of Kamloops’s early Black immigrants and his role in developing the city. Dr. Mathur is a long-time advocate of critical race theory as it pertains to the postsecondary institution, and works continuously to address radical forms of equity and Indigenous knowledge.

"I am thrilled to join the diverse and progressive environment of OCAD U, and keen to work with students, faculty, and administration to continue to develop excellent graduate level programming in the years to come," said Dr. Mathur.

Dr. Mathur holds a Ph.D. in Postcolonial Literature from the University of Calgary. As Dean, reporting to the Vice-President Academic & Provost, Dr. Mathur will be responsible for the educational and research leadership, development and supervision of Graduate Studies and its alignment with the academic plan and integration into the larger strategic plan of the university.

Faculty of Design Office move underway

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Faculty of Design Office closed at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 3 and will reopen Wednesday, July 5th at 11 a.m. in a new location: 230 Richmond St. West on the 9th floor.

Unless it is URGENT, please consider the office out of commission for the full week.

Any questions related to the move can be directed to Faculty of Design Office Manager, Margot Jeffery.

The offices of the Deans of Faculty of Art and FOLASS/IS are tentatively scheduled to move to the 9th floor of 230 Richmond St. W. in December 2017. The location of the Deans’ offices will be reviewed as the Creative City Campus project progresses.

 

 

 

 

OCAD U hosts Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans conference

Woman painting portraits
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 3:15pm

OCAD University is hosting the 2016 conference of the Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans (CAFAD), Creative Leadership and Inclusion, October 20-22. .

CAFAD is a nationwide organization of post-secondary Fine Arts faculties, institutions and other academic units with a mission to be the national voice for post-secondary programs in the Fine Arts to the public at large, government and within the academic community. The CAFAD conferences are held annually and hosted by its member institutions.  Last year the conference was held at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan.

This year’s conference was designed to engage decanal academic leaders in reflection and dialogue on a number of important topics including: Indigenizing art curriculum, research creation and community engagement, creativity in academic planning, change management, as well as focused presentations on the role of Canadian Art magazine in the 21st century and LandMarks/Reperes 2017 – a national collaborative project developed in collaboration between Partners in Art, Parks Canada and CAFAD.

“I am delighted to welcome CAFAD members and host this important gathering at OCAD U that champions creativity and inclusion as pivotal to the ideas of leadership, social change and the democratization of education through the arts,” says Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean of FoA and Chair of CAFAD. The conference also features a keynote address by Stephanie Smith, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Ontario and a talk by Gerald McMaster, OCAD U’s first Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Studies. The conference will also generate unique opportunities for networking and professional development for the deans.

 

 

Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall appointed Dean, Faculty of Design

Portrait of Dori Tunstall taken by Martin Iskander
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University has appointed Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall as Dean of the Faculty of Design, effective August 29, 2016. Reporting to the Vice-President, Academic & Provost, Tunstall will be responsible for the educational and research leadership, development and supervision of the Faculty of Design.

“Dr. Tunstall is a wonderful addition to the academic leadership at OCAD University.  She brings a significant background in academic administration, fundraising and international partnerships, as well as pedagogy and curriculum development, particularly in building Indigenous knowledge into curriculum and enhancing support for Indigenous staff and students,” said Gillian Siddall, Vice-President, Academic & Provost.

A design leader, professional design anthropologist, advocate and educator, Tunstall held the role of Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Design at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. While at Swinburne, she established the Master’s and Graduate Diploma of Design (Design Anthropology) program, which focused on developing students and practitioners who could understand people’s values, design, and evaluate people’s experiences respectfully within and across cultures.

“I am excited to be the first black Dean of a Faculty of Design anywhere,” said Dr. Tunstall, “The fact that this milestone is happening at OCAD University aligns with its commitment to becoming a global leader of inclusive, decolonizing and Indigenizing design curriculum, practice, and scholarship—what I describe as Respectful Design.”

Tunstall founded the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative (a global network of designers, anthropologists, Indigenous scholars and activists, innovation consultants, computer scientists and leadership scholars across 24 nations) to define and implement more inclusive and decolonizing perspectives on innovation.

Prior to her teaching career, Tunstall worked as a strategist for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. She studied at Bryn Mawr College, going on to earn a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University.

Student Social: Tom Barker, Candidate, Dean, Faculty of Design

Friday, May 2, 2008 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Tom Barker, Candidate, Dean, Faculty of Design will give a presentation to the OCAD community at 2 pm in Room 240, followed by a student social in the Lambert Lounge (Room 187) from 3 to 4 pm.

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge (Room 187) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Student Social: Ted Krueger, Candidate, Dean, Faculty of Design

Monday, April 28, 2008 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Ted Krueger, Candidate, Dean, Faculty of Design will give a presentation to the OCAD community in Room 230 (Central Hall, Level 2) at 2 pm, followed by a student social in the Lambert Lounge (Room 187) from 3 to 4 pm.

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge (Room 187) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Public Presentation: Tom Barker, Candidate, Dean, Faculty of Design

Friday, May 2, 2008 - 6:00pm

Tom Barker, Candidate, Dean, Faculty of Design will give a presentation to the OCAD community, followed by a student social in the Lambert Lounge (Room 187) from 3 to 4 pm.

Venue & Address: 
Room 240 (Level 2) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Public Presentation: Ted Krueger, Candidate, Dean, Faculty of Design

Monday, April 28, 2008 - 6:00pm

Ted Krueger, Candidate, Dean, Faculty of Design will give a presentation to the OCAD community, followed by a student social in the Lambert Lounge (Room 187) from 3 to 4 pm.

Venue & Address: 
Room 230 (Level 2) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

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