Call for Nominations: OCAD U 2020 Teaching Awards

Call for Nominations: OCAD U 2020 Teaching Awards

​Nominations are now open for OCAD U's 2020 Teaching Awards. The awards recognize and celebrate teaching by dedicated faculty, instructors and teaching assistants. OCAD U Students, staff and faculty are all invited to submit their nominations by Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. 

Nomination Eligibility and Information

  • All faculty members, instructors and TAs who taught in Spring 2019, Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 are eligible for nomination
  • Nominators are encouraged to provide as much specific detail as possible
  • Nominators are also welcome to submit an (optional) 1-2 page letter of support along with the nomination form linked below

OCAD U 2020 Teaching Awards Nomination Form

Final results will be announced on the OCAD U website and recipients will be recognized publicly in April and June.

The Price Award for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty is presented in honour of JH and Mamie Price.​​

More information about OCAD U Teaching Awards

Questions may be directed to Rakhi Dewan, Program Coordinator, Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre.


Research Wednesdays: Century of Ontario Photographs

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

This presentation examines some of the highlights from the Archives of Ontario’s extensive photograph collections, and showcases the work of government, amateur and professional photographers. It reveals the importance of the Archives’ photograph collections to understanding Ontario’s past, and explains how these records are managed and preserved. 

Danielle Manning has worked at the Archives of Ontario for five years, first as an archivist and now as an Outreach Officer. She is currently responsible for the Archives' tour program, social media, and Speakers Bureau presentations. Danielle holds a Master of Information from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in art history from the University of Western Ontario.


Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a supportive environment. Take a break over lunch to learn about new opportunities for Toronto creative researchers!

Interested in presenting at Research Wednesdays? We are currently programming our winter schedule (Jan-April). Send an email to Daniel Payne ( and include:

  •   brief 250 word description of your talk,
  •   indication of which Wednesdays would be available for you,
  •   list of technological needs,
  •   ideal set up of the presentation seating arrangement,
  •   description of any participatory activities that may be used. (NOTE: any focus groups or survey-type activities may need Research Ethics Board approval, so be prepared to include this in your proposal.)
Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Library's Learning Zone, Level 1, 113 McCaul Street Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick St.
416-977-6000 ext. 217

OCAD U Library Fall Newsletter

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Learn about Library services, resources, policies, collections and initiatives with our Fall Newsletter, available online at

News items include:

  • E-Reserves: course materials made [e]asy!
  • Staff Profiles: Meet Ariella Edema, our new Archivist! 
  • Learning Zone: don’t miss the Indigenous Peoples and Decolonization zine display
  • Collections: check out our newest library additions in print and online

Finally, mark your calendars for the popular Library Book Sale, October 15-19th in the main lobby of 100 McCaul, 9am-5pm. 

Read about these items and more in our Fall 2018 Newsletter

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Student Designer – Design4 Program

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Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 8:30am

Note: Are you a current student who is looking to get paid work experience in design? See below for the link to the application form via the OCAD U Talent Network.
Design4 is a new externally funded initiative that introduces principles of experiential learning into the realm of paid professional opportunities for upper year students in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, at both the Undergraduate (BDES) and Masters (MDES) levels. Design4 is geared towards current students in the Faculty of Design.

45 students will be selected to participate in Design4 and placed in smaller multidisciplinary groups of 3-4. Each group will be paired with an employment partner in one of the following sectors:

· Start-up/ new ventures (a small business that has just been started)
· SME private enterprise (small and medium enterprises that employ fewer than 500 employees)
· Arts and cultural (social and economic activity that focuses on artistic production)
· Social innovation/ not-for-profit entities (dedicated to furthering a particular social cause or advocating for a shared point of view)

Summary of Responsibilities:

The work will include creating solutions to various design challenges set by the employer. Students will be working on a part-time basis for 10 hours each week per student. Students will have mentorship and support from the employment supervisor, a dedicated Faculty member and a staff member from the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers.

Where will the work happen?

On campus in the new Rosalie Sharp building (115 McCaul), as well as at the employer’s place of work.

Is this a paid opportunity?

Yes. You will be compensated for your time.

Required documents

  • A 250-word statement explaining why this program would be beneficial to you and outline your design skills and interests
  • Resume (max. 3 pages)
  • Student e-mail, student ID number, program, year of study
  • Provide a link to your portfolio (included on CV or resume)
  • Where you are based (eg address, Etobicoke or downtown Toronto etc)
  • Due to low enrollment at OCAD University, priority will be given to students who identify as Indigenous and/or Black. Do you self-identify as a Black* person or as an Indigenous* person of North America? (Please see definitions below)



If you don't have a web-based portfolio, you can create one for free as a student on Format (

* Indigenous: those who self-identify as Indigenous Peoples of North America or Peoples of Turtle Island. This can include status and non-status First Nations, Métis, and Inuit as well as those with mixed/multi-racial/multi-national identities

* Black: a person who is of and/or a descendant of African peoples AND who experiences systematic racism based on that heritage.

Note: To apply for this job you need to have some documents uploaded to the Talent Network. 


Deadline to apply: September 13, 2018

OCAD University Senate Meeting

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 3:15pm to 6:15pm

The Senate is responsible for the establishment and regulation of academic policy, standards and procedures at OCAD University. In particular, the Senate and its many committees are in charge of all matters pertaining to OCAD U’s academic resources, academic programming, academic strategic planning, student affairs and any other such matters relating to academic issues. Membership of Senate consists predominantly of senior faculty, but also includes undergraduate and graduate student representation, as well as a representation of the academic administration.

At least seven regular Senate meetings are held between September 1 and May 31. Senate meetings take place on the last Monday of every month, from 3:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., unless otherwise stated.  The Senate includes the Senate Executive Committee; Senate Academic Policy & Planning Committee; Senate Academic Standards Committee; Senate Undergraduate Studies Committee; Senate Graduate Studies Committee; Senate Student Appeals Committee; and the Senate Quality Assurance Committee as well as a number of sub-committees.

To learn more visit the Senate website.  Stay up to date on upcoming elections on the Senate Elections website

Venue & Address: 
322, 230 Richmond Street West

Security Considerations for International Travel with Mobile Devices

OCAD University employees should understand that special considerations may apply when encrypted devices are taken outside of Canada. Staff and faculty must be aware of restrictions to avoid the confiscation of their device, or other penalties and should contact the countries that they are planning to visit to determine what the requirements are in those jurisdictions.Computers and laptops managed by OCAD U IT Services have encryption enabled on them. We recommend employees set up encryption on personally-owned devices if they are using them for OCAD U related work. 

Supporting Students in Distress workshop for staff, faculty and interested students

Introduction to the university protocol, and brief workshop on noticing and engaging with students in distress. Facilitated by the Health & Wellness Centre. 

Office of Research & Innovation honours faculty members

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

OCAD University’s Office of Research and Innovation has announced the 2016/2017 recipients of The OCAD University Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity: Emma Westecott, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Science and Patricio Dávila, Associate Professor and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Design. 

The award recognizes promising, recently-appointed faculty members for their outstanding promise to be distinguished researchers, scholars, artists and designers within a university context. The goal of the program is to support the development of a culture of research, scholarship and creativity within OCAD University.

The Office of Research and Innovation also announced the 2016/2017 recipient of The OCAD University Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity: Johanna Householder, Professor, Faculty of Art and Graduate Studies, and Chair, Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices.

The award recognizes faculty members for their outstanding portfolio of research, scholarship and creative activity, and the impact that activity has had on the broad spectrum of art and design research and practice internationally. The award also recognizes contributions toward undergraduate and graduate research and scholarly training.
As Canada's university of the imagination, OCAD University offers a depth and breadth of undergraduate and graduate critical inquiry. The university engages in art and design research and creative practices through a diversity of perspectives, methods and approaches.

IAMD Faculty Exhibition - Luke Painter: Modern Wand

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 5:00pm

Opening Reception: Friday, March 31, 7:00 pm

Luke Painter’s art practice explores the relationships between historical and contemporary design and art movements by creating formal, narrative and tangential connections between them.  In this current exhibition titled, Modern Wand, Painter has created a number of sculptures that are amalgams and translations of historical design objects and furniture.

More information on the exhibition:

More information on the IAMD program:

Venue & Address: 
Preston Gallery, 435 King Street East, Cambridge, Ontario
Kay Nadalin, Publicity and Promotions Assistant,

OCAD U's Teaching Exhibition

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

The fourth annual OCAD U Teaching Exhibition will be held on Friday, January 20th, 2017. This one-day exhibition explores key issues in art and design higher education. Sessions are facilitated by faculty, for faculty and participants will have opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary discussions with colleagues from across the institution.  

The theme of this year’s exhibition is Creative Education: a curated collection of works that visualize, investigate or analyze teaching practice, while provoking reflection on the process of teaching at OCAD University.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre, 113 McCaul St, 5th Floor rms. 510A & 512
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