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OCAD board member appointed Nancy’s Chair in

Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University


(Toronto—June 9, 2009) Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell, a member of the Board of Governors of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), has been appointed by Halifax’s Mount Saint Vincent University as the twelfth Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies. Dr. Deverell will take up her two-year appointment in July 2009.

“Since 2007, OCAD has benefitted from Rita’s broad experience and expertise in journalism, the arts and academia,” said J. Anthony Caldwell, Chair of OCAD’s Board of Governors. “Her new appointment is well deserved and I know that both universities, Mount Saint Vincent and OCAD, will reap the rewards of her hard work and dedication.”

Dr. Deverell's distinguished career has included work as an academic, broadcaster, television producer and director, journalist, arts administrator and theatre artist. She holds a BA in Philosophy from Adelphi University in Long Island, New York, an MA in History of Religions from Columbia University and an EdD in Curriculum from OISE at the University of Toronto. She was the first woman to lead a journalism program in Canada in her position as Director of the School of Journalism at the University of Regina in the 1980s. She recently completed her term as head of news and current affairs at the Aboriginal People’s Television Network and was a founding member of Vision TV, a Toronto-based multi-faith and multicultural network.

Dr. Deverell was admitted to the Order of Canada in 2005 in recognition for her pioneering work in journalism, and has authored several screenplays for which she also served as producer and director. She has been a visiting scholar at New York University and was the first CanWest Global Fellow at the University of Western Ontario.

About the Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies
The Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies, formerly known as the Nancy Rowell Jackman Chair, was established at Mount Saint Vincent in the mid-1980s. Endowed by well-known Toronto-based feminist and philanthropist Nancy Ruth, the Chair raises awareness of women’s issues by bringing to campus distinguished scholars in women’s studies and activists who have contributed to the advancement of women. The presence of the Chair adds substantially to the intellectual strength of women’s studies at Mount Saint Vincent and in the Atlantic region. Duties associated with the Chair include teaching, research, and public presentations on campus and around the Atlantic provinces.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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