Dr. Caroline Langill appointed Vice-President, Academic and Provost

 Dr. Caroline Langill, photo: Martin Iskander
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 1:45pm

OCAD University has appointed Dr. Caroline Langill as Vice-President, Academic & Provost, effective April 1, 2019. Reporting to and working closely with the President and Vice-Chancellor as a member of the executive team, Langill is responsible for the overall academic enterprise of the university, including academic planning and the ongoing implementation of the university’s Academic Plan.

In addition to a General Studies diploma from Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University), Langill holds an Honours B.Sc. from Carleton University, an MFA from York University and a PhD in Canadian Studies from Trent University. Langill’s interests in non-canonical art histories, gender studies and Indigenous epistemologies have led her to writing and exhibition-making that could be considered post-disciplinary.  She is a respected curator, a published researcher in the field of media art histories, and has held administrative and governance positions in a number of artist-run centres.

 “Caroline is ideally suited for this role, in light of her academic administrative experience, as well as her deep engagement with the University’s key strategic and academic priorities, including those of supporting Indigenous knowledge and culture, the integration of STEM disciplines with art and design, student success and jobs readiness, and a commitment to research. She also brings strong capacities in academic governance and policy, curriculum innovation, academic bargaining and budget planning,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice Chancellor, OCAD University. “We are very fortunate to have Caroline as OCAD University’s Vice-President, Academic & Provost.”

Prior to her role as Interim Vice-President Academic & Provost over the past six months, Langill held the position of Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies since 2014, and was Associate Dean of the Faculty of Art before that time.  

Dr. Caroline Langill attends National Building Reconciliation Forum

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 10:15am

Dr. Caroline Langill, Vice-President, Academic & Provost, OCAD University, joined higher education and Indigenous leaders at the fifth annual Building Reconciliation Forum held last week at Algoma University – the only university in Canada located on the site of a former residential school.  

Jointly hosted by Algoma University, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Nipissing University, Cape Breton University and the University of Northern British Columbia, the forum brought together more than 250 participants including university and Indigenous community leaders, Elders, residential school survivors, partners and students from across the country. In advance of the fifth anniversary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the forum offered participants a valuable opportunity to exchange ideas and share best practices on how to advance reconciliation through higher education and support the healing journey. 

"Attending the National Building Reconciliation Forum on the site of Shingwauk school where Algoma University now stands was an honour,” said Dr. Langill. “Many of the invited speakers were passionate about the need for reconciliation while also noting the distance we are from it in education. Listening to residential school survivors speak about their experiences attending the school, onsite, in the halls and on the grounds where they lived out their childhoods, was deeply moving.”

The theme of this year’s forum was Wiiji-nookiimding wii-noojmoweng, dibaajmotaading, doodamowin miinwaa debwe’endaagziwin – wii-ni-niigaaniing, meaning to work together to advance healing and reconciliation in the Anishinaabemowin language. 

“There were many lessons for OCAD University, but one which stood out and was a common theme was expressed by Mike DeGagne, President at Nippissing University – 'How can we bring the university to the community?' ” added Dr. Langill.  “We began this work with Six Nations Polytechnic through the Indigenous Visual Culture Program and it is time we moved it further forward."  

OCAD University believes that Indigenous knowledges and cultures are of fundamental importance to the future of Canada, both to Indigenous individuals and communities, and to Canadian society. In the last decade, OCAD U created an Indigenous Visual Culture Program, one of the first of its kind to be established at an art and design university, and established an Aboriginal Education Council. Including national representation, the Council’s mandate is to recommend initiatives and share strategies that provide direction and guidance on the development of the program and supporting initiatives.