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OCAD University has a bi-cameral governance system with a Board of Governors and a Senate.

President's walk through at the 98th annual OCAD U Graduate Exhibition. Photo by Martin Iskander.

OCAD University Senate

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.

The Senate includes the 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. The Senate normally meets on the fourth week of every month during the academic year.

For more information on the Senate and its membership, refer to the OCAD University Senate By-Laws or contact Hillary Barron, Manager, Academic Governance & Initiatives, Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost, at, or at 416-977-6000, Ext. 322. 

Current chair of Senate

Professor b.h. Yael 

Past chairs of Senate

Professor Keith J. Rushton, 2013/2014, 2014/2015

Dr. Archie Graham, 2011/2012, 2012/2013

Senate meetings

At least seven regular Senate meetings will be held between September 1 and May 31, except where the secretary, in consultation with the Senate Executive Committee, determines that circumstances warrant a change from the normal schedule. No meeting of the senate will be of more than three hours in duration, except by the affirmative vote of two thirds of those present and voting to extend for a specific period of time. All outstanding business will be deferred until the next meeting, unless a special meeting is called.

Senate meetings will take place on the last Monday of every month, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., unless otherwise stated, during the Fall and Winter terms. For meeting locations and more information, please contact Hillary Barron, Manager, Academic Governance & Initiatives, Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost, at

Monday, September 26, 2016 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Monday, October 31, 2016 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Monday, November 14, 2016 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)*

Monday, November 28, 2016 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Monday, January 30, 2017 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Monday, February 27, 2017 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m)

Monday, March 27, 2017 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Monday, April 24, 2017 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

*Extra meeting of Senate

Senate agendas and minutes

An agenda for upcoming Senate meetings will be made available in advance. Minutes of each meeting will be posted after approval at Senate. Past meeting minutes can be found here.

 September 26, 2016


Ex-officio senators

Dr. Sara Diamond

Dr. Gillian Siddall
Vice-President, Academic and Provost, and Vice-Chair of Senate

Dr. Catherine Delaney

Dr. Michael Prokopow
Interim Dean, Graduate Studies

Dr. Vladimir Spicanovic
Dean, Faculty of Art

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

Dr. Caroline Langill
Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Ms. Elisabeth Paradis
University Registrar

Ms. Jill Patrick
University Librarian

Faculty senators

Faculty-area faculty senators - Art

Dr. Andrea Fatona
Prof. Colette Laliberté
Prof. JJ Lee
Prof. Amy Swartz
Prof. Natalie Waldburger
Prof. Sylvia Whitton
Prof. b.h. Yael

Faculty-area faculty senators - Design

Prof. Annette Blum

Prof. Frederick Burbach
Dr. Lynne Heller
Prof. Richard Hunt
Prof. Lewis Nicholson
Prof. Ann Urban
Prof. Maya Desai

Faculty-area faculty senators - Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr. Heather Coffey
Dr. Camille Isaacs
Dr. Selmin Kara
Dr. Charles Reeve
Dr. Marie-Josée Therrien
Dr. Emma Westecott 
Dr. Maria-Belén Ordóñez

Faculty-at-large senators

Prof. Nicole Collins
Prof. Simon Glass
Dr. David Griffin
Prof. Kate Hartman
Prof. Nicholas Pye
Prof. Jennie Suddick
Dr. Ryan Whyte

Program chairs - Faculty of Art

Prof. Johanna Householder

Program chairs - Faculty of Design

Prof. Bruce Hinds
Prof. Dorie Millerson

Program chairs - Faculty of Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Prof. Ryan Rice
Prof. Nick Puckett

Graduate program director

Dr. Barbara Rauch
Dr. Martha Ladly

Student senators

Undergraduate student senators

Martha Muszycka-Jones, Drawing and Painting Program
Faculty of Art

Justin Platnar, Advertising Program
Faculty of Design

Sylvia Evans, Visual and Critical Studies Program
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Graduate student senator

Adam Antoszek-Rallo, Inclusive Design Program
Graduate Studies

Appointed senators

Dr. John Semple
External member (Board Chair), appointed by and from the Board of Governors

Ms. Virginia Trieloff
Alumni representative, appointed by the Alumni Association

Ms. Deanne Fisher
Vice-Provost, Students and International, appointed by virtue of office

Mr. Evan Tapper
Director, Office of Continuing Studies, appointed by virtue of office

Dr. Carol Roderick
Director, Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre, or the Director, Writing and Learning Centre, appointed by virtue of office