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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Faculty Appreciation Event

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:30pm

The Office of the Vice-President, Academic invites all Faculty to a special reception in honour of the many accomplishments of OCAD Faculty. The program will also include the
announcement of the recipient of the
Price Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Please remember to BYOM – Bring Your Own Mug (or glass) to reduce the event’s environmental footprint.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Info Session --Teaching at Aboriginal Literacy Camp

Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Learn about Frontier Colleges' Summer Literacy programs in northern Ontario and how you as an OCAD student can participate. Meet two students who participated in 2007.
A challenging and life-changing teaching experience can be yours this summer (June 24 to August 27, 2008, as a Camp Counsellor. Literacy is a fundamental right and helps empower people to make changes in their lives through non-formal learning. If you agree and have the right stuff ' the 'resilience and creativity in engaging the community, and involving community members in the camp curriculum' ' then you and the people at Frontier College need to connect.

You will be working in remote areas, living in camps which 'aim to promote a love of reading and learning while strengthening the English literacy skills of children and youth (between the ages of 6 and 15) living in isolated and/or fly-in-only First Nations communities in Northern Ontario.'

OCAD is partnering with Frontier College, and will be developing an Arts and Crafts component to the summer reading camp program.

Venue & Address: 
Student Centre Lobby 51 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Faculty recognized for excellence in teaching

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 2:00pm

At the Faculty Appreciation Event on Thursday, April 28, six faculty members were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the student learning experience at OCAD University.

The Price Award, in memory of Mamie and J.H. Price, and the Non-Tenured Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. This year’s recipients are:

  • Emma Westecott, assistant professor and director of the game:play lab
  • Suzanne Stein, associate professor and director of the Super Ordinary Lab

Non-Tenured Award:

  • Sambhavi Chandrashekar, Inclusive Design

The Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre’s Inspired Teaching Awards were given to three faculty members:

  • Teaching Assistant: Tatjana Petkovic, Graphic Design
  • Excellence in Teaching First-Year Students: Mary Porter, Faculty of Art
  • Leadership to Advance Teaching: Colleen Reid, Associate Dean, Faculty of Design

The candidates were nominated by students, colleagues and supervisors on the strength of their dedication and passion for teaching and student learning.



Nominate Your Prof for a Teaching Award at OCAD U!

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 2:00pm to Monday, February 29, 2016 - 10:00pm

Dear Students,

Now is the time to nominate your favourite prof for a teaching award at OCAD University!

Join your fellow students in acknowledging the dedicated work of our finest faculty – the ones who have made a difference in your education. Nominations are now open for the 2016 Teaching Excellence Awards and will be received until the deadline of February 29, 2016.

Nominate your prof now by clicking the link below:


The results will be announced on the OCAD University website in April, 2016, and the winners will be invited to be recognized at the University’s Convocation Ceremony on June 10, 2016.



"Creating Connections, Building Community"

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

Friday, January 15, 2016

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Level 5, 113 McCaul St.


The Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre is hosting the 3rd Annual Teaching Expo on Friday, January 15, 2016. The purpose of the half-day event is to share advice and connections among OCAD University's teaching community. 

Listen and share with your colleagues how to re-imagine ways to assess and critique students; hear how one chair managers her "work-work-work" balance; and consider how faculty across the university approach the teaching of colour, just to name a few of the topics to be covered. 

 For more information, visit the FCDC's web site, which includes a full schedule, as well as the presentation topics.

Venue & Address: 
113 McCaul Street, 5th Floor (Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre)

OCAD University faculty members recognized for teaching excellence

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 4:00am

OCAD University is filled with outstanding instructors, and each year we honour the best of the best with teaching awards. The winners of OCAD U’s 2015 teaching awards were announced on April 15:

  • Sandra Kedey will receive the Price Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes the contributions of full-time faculty members.
  • Mark Tholen will receive the Non-Tenured Faculty Award, which each year is given to contractually-limited term appointment, sessional and continuing faculty for excellence in teaching.

Kedey and Tholen’s exceptional teaching contributions were recognized by anonymous nominations submitted by people from across the university, including students, fellow faculty, alumni and administrators.

A faculty member in OCAD U’s Advertising program (and a university alumna), Kedey is also a senior creative marketing executive at SLK Communications, where she specializes in strategic brand development. Tholen teaches in the Environmental Design program. In addition, he is the president of (and partner in) TYYZ, an award-winning architectural and design firm.

Teaching at OCAD U: A One-day Workshop

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 1:00pm to 8:45pm

Registration open to instructional staff at OCAD U

The teaching faculty of OCAD University includes a rich diversity of talent and experience. Many faculty members are practicing professionals in the community at large and lend their expertise to OCAD U by teaching occasional courses. This one-day workshop is intended to give teaching faculty an intensive introduction to the practice of post-secondary teaching and OCAD U, providing practical strategies and guidance for teaching and learning success.

While intended for sessional faculty and faculty new to OCAD U, the session will be useful for those with either little or considerable teaching experience. The sessions will cover issues such as teaching students with diverse learning needs, using technology-enabled learning strategies, designing and implementing effective assessments and using active learning techniques in the lecture, seminar and studio.

9:00 – 9:15 Coffee and snacks

9:15 – 9:30 Welcome address, Carol Roderick, Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre

9:30 – 10:45 Planning your Course: From Course Outline to First Day

11:00 – 12:15 Technology-Enabled Learning

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 How to Thrive at OCAD U: featuring experienced Undergraduate and Graduate faculty members from across the university

2:45 – 4:00 Teaching Today’s Students, Deanne Fisher, Associate Vice-President, Students

4:00 – 4:45 Wine and cheese reception

Registration required

Venue & Address: 
Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre, 5th floor 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario


Associate Professor Maria Gabankova is retiring this spring. Photo: Sarah Mulholland.
Assistant Professor Ananda Chakrabarty.
Assistant Professor Shannon Gerard, Instructor Michael Antkowiak, and Instructor Spencer Harrison.

The accomplishments and careers of OCAD University’s talented faculty members were celebrated last week at the university’s annual Faculty Appreciation Event. 

Retiring faculty members Associate Professors Maria GabankovaDavid ChavelDavid Pellettier and Shirley Yanover, all of the Faculty of Art, were recognized and thanked for their many years of service and dedication to OCAD U students. 

Faculty members who have completed terms as academic administrators were also recognized for their important service:

  • Assistant Professor Ananda Chakrabarty as Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Assistant Professor Luke Painter as Chair, Contemporary Painting and Print Media
  • Associate Professor Simon Glass as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Art

Several faculty members were recognized for their many years of service. Celebrating their 20 year milestone are Professors Paul Epp and Helen Kerr, and Integrated Media Technician Almerinda Travassos. Marking 25 years are Assistant Professor Ted Hunter, Professor Stuart Reid and Associate ProfessorCathy Daley. At 30 years of service are Assistant Professor Bentley Jarvis, and Associate Professors Stan Krzyzanowski and Bill Leeming. Associate Professor Wendy Cain and Associate Professor Paul Dempsey are celebrating 35 years of service. Finally, celebrating 40 years at OCAD University are Professors Keith Rushton and Assistant Professor Michael Page

The Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre (FCDC) recognized nominated faculty members with the Inspired Teaching Awards, which acknowledge faculty members, administrators, tutors, technicians, teaching assistants or librarians whose passion for art and design education has enhanced learning and influenced artistic practice. This year’s recipients are:

Associate Professor Bonnie Devine and Instructor Spencer Harrison were both recognized with BLG Faculty Equity Awards this year, which celebrates successes of faculty in their promotion of an inclusive work and learning environment. 

Faculty of Art Instructor Michael Antkowiak was recognized with a Non-Tenured Faculty Teaching Award, cited in his nomination for always being well prepared for class, and encouraging students by recognizing and drawing out their strengths, while also challenging students conceptually, stimulating growth and perspective. 

The Price Award for Excellence in Teaching was awarded to Assistant Professor Shannon Gerard in the Faculty of Art. Gerard was recognized for her instrumental work in developing OCAD U’s new Publications Cross-Disciplinary Art specialization, in which she is the sole teaching faculty member, and for her unbridled enthusiasm and passionate commitment to the discipline and her students.