Camille Isaacs and Ryan Rice receive 2018 BLG Faculty Equity Awards

Dr. Gillian Siddall and Eric Roher presenting Camille Isaacs and Ryan Rice with the BLG Faculty Equity Award
Monday, June 18, 2018

OCAD University is proud to announce that Assistant Professor Camille Isaacs and Ryan Rice, Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture are this year’s co-recipients of the BLG Faculty Equity Award.

The BLG Faculty Equity Award, sponsored by Borden, Ladner & Gervais (BLG), recognizes distinctive and outstanding work in teaching, pedagogy, research or creative work and service in advancing OCAD U’s mandate in fostering an inclusive, equitable and diverse learning environment inside and/or outside the classroom.

Dr. Camille Isaacs teaches in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Her teaching load regularly includes courses in Postcolonial Literature, Diasporic Literature and Caribbean Literature where she “privileges the margins” to allow students to pair their own life-experiences and cultures with the literary material under discussion. This directly corresponds to her own significant research practice focusing on the Black Atlantic Region, as well as her work as the chair of Black History Month festivities, where she actively supports students’ success as they prepare for exhibits, workshops and conferences each February.

As the co-chair of the Presidential Task Force on Under-representation of Indigenous and Racialized Faculty and Staff, Dr. Isaacs has been instrumental in ensuring the implementation of a ground-breaking initiative. In the words of one nominator: “It is significant that Dr. Isaacs has a 360-degree commitment to her work of increasing visibility and facilitating inclusion of black, Indigenous and racialized faculty [and her] overarching commitment to seeing equity enacted at OCAD University through her service, research and teaching makes her a strong candidate for the BLG Faculty Equity award.”

Ryan Rice is serving his second three-year term as Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture (INVC), which includes teaching, administration, management and researching responsibilities. He has made great strides in strengthening and advancing the INVC BFA program, while establishing an inclusive Indigenous Students Centre for support and services while also contributing to committees, consultations and development opportunities. These have included the Presidential Task Force on Underrepresented Racialized and Indigenous Faculties, the Education and Employment Equity Committee and OCAD U search committees. Throughout the year, Ryan continued to program documentary series Culture Shiftsand hosted the final two Nigig Artists-in-Residence, while also participating in the Provost’s Indigenous Learning Task-Force and the hiring of the university’s Indigenous cluster hire.

As a leader within the field of Indigenous art and curatorial practice, Ryan recently curated an exhibition entitled raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015)at Onsite Gallery. Intended to create a discourse that spoke to equity through the visual voices held within a national collection, Ryan held workshops, hosted artist talks, conducted forty-one group tours and created a corresponding Education Guide. One nominator wrote, “The impact of Ryan’s research and creative work in curating raise a flagand its public program were imperative to contributing new knowledge of human rights, equity and social justice issues.” 

The pair were publicly celebrated for their achievements by BLG representative Eric Rohrer and OCAD University President Dr. Sara Diamond at Convocation on Tuesday June 12, 2018 at Roy Thomson Hall.

Welcome Students!

Three young women smiling and holding up a frame to look like Instagram
Friday, September 8, 2017

Hello new and returning students, we welcome you to a fresh term at OCAD University!

There’s been a lot of excitement in the air with O-Days activities and the start of classes. We hope you’re settling in and have everything you need to get started on a successful academic year.

This is year 141 for OCAD U, Canada’s first institution dedicated to the training of professional artists and designers. We’re the largest art, design and digital media university in Canada, combining rich and varied studio learning with contextual and historical knowledge and the sciences.

If you’re interested in learning about the university’s academic priorities and principles, please have a look at our new academic plan, OCAD University: A Transformative Student Experience.

You don’t have to look far to find OCAD U alumni: they are in every segment of the design and advertising industries, media companies and galleries across Toronto, and beyond. Many have become entrepreneurs, running their own businesses in fields as varied as medical services and music video production.  

Mark your calendars, next week Onsite Gallery, our brand new professional gallery, is hosting a staff, faculty and student preview on Wednesday September 13 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. It’s at our south campus at 199 Richmond St. W. Please join us then and say hello, or come by on Saturday September 16 for the free community street party.

OCAD University is about you – its students – and your experiences here. With an enrolment of 4,500, OCAD U gives you the benefit of to getting to know your instructors and peers in a comfortable and inclusive setting. Make the most of this opportunity and introduce yourself to the new faces you meet in your studios and classrooms.

Wishing you a joyous and creative 2017/18!


Dr. Sara Diamond 
President and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Gillian Siddall
Vice-President Academic and Provost





Gillian Siddall launches book at Guelph Jazz Festival

Gillian Siddall and Ellen Waterman at book launch
Monday, September 19, 2016 - 4:00am

VP Academic Gillian Siddall launched Negotiated Moments: Improvisation, Sound, and Subjectivity at the Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium on Sept. 14. The book, co-edited with Ellen Waterman, is one of a series of books funded by a SSHRC MCRI grant.

Siddall is the founding president of the Guleph Jazz Festival, now in its 23rd year.

From the publisher: “The contributors to Negotiated Moments explore how subjectivity is formed and expressed through musical improvisation, tracing the ways the transmission and reception of sound occur within and between bodies in real and virtual time and across memory, history, and space. They place the gendered, sexed, raced, classed, disabled, and technologized body at the center of critical improvisation studies and move beyond the field's tendency toward celebrating improvisation's utopian and democratic ideals by highlighting the improvisation of marginalized subjects.”

Negotiated Moments: Improvisation, Sound, and Subjectivity is one of a series of books funded by a SSHRC MCRI grant. It is published by Duke University Press.

Dr. Gillian Siddall appointed Vice-President, Academic and Provost

Portrait of Dr. Gillian Siddall
Monday, June 13, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University has appointed Dr. Gillian Siddall as Vice-President, Academic and Provost, effective July 1, 2016. Reporting to and working closely with the President as a member of the executive team, Siddall is responsible for the overall academic enterprise of the university, including academic planning and the academic priorities of the university’s strategic plan. She is actively providing direction for academic relations, leading the revision of the Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP) and serving as Vice-Chair of Senate.

Siddall holds an Honours BA and MA from the University of Guelph in English, as well as a PhD from the University of Western Ontario, with a dissertation titled “‘Two Kinds of Geography’: Complicity and Resistance in Canadian Pioneer Literature.” Prior to joining OCAD U as Interim Vice-President, Academic, she was Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Lakehead University, following prior roles as founding Director of Lakehead’s Instructional Development Centre and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in English. With a significant record of publication and research grants, she has extensive undergraduate and graduate teaching experience at Lakehead University, where she was appointed as a member of the English Department in 1998. Siddall is also a jazz vocalist and has published extensively on the topic of musical improvisation, both within and outside a literary context. Her latest book, co-edited with Dr. Ellen Waterman and published this spring by Duke University Press, is entitled Negotiated Moments: Improvisation, Sound, and Subjectivity.

“Gillian’s outstanding commitment to the arts and arts education, together with her deeply collaborative approach, will advance the academic planning process she is leading at OCAD U, nurturing and developing faculty and academic leaders,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “I am delighted to have Gillian as OCAD University’s Vice-President, Academic and Provost.”

In her role, Siddall will provide direction and support to the faculties of Art, Design, and Liberal Arts & Sciences, as well as Graduate Studies, the OCAD University Senate and its standing committees, the Centre for Innovation in Art & Design Education, and the departmental areas of Library Services and Student Affairs. She will oversee OCAD University’s initiatives in experiential and online learning.