Who we are
Carol Roderick, PhD
Director, Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre
Phone: 416-977-6000, Ext. 2787
I joined OCAD University in July 2012 as the first manager of the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre (FCDC). I am really enjoying being part of the OCAD U community, and I am regularly inspired by the commitment of faculty to providing outstanding art, design and media education. It is my goal for the FCDC to be an open, friendly and valuable resource that both respects and contributes to the teaching and learning approaches of creative practitioners. I began teaching and entered the field of educational development more than a decade ago when, after completing a degree in biology and aquatic resources, I realized I was more interested in working with people than with fish. I have a real curiosity for how students learn and how, as educators, we can support student growth and development. I am looking forward to working together to create meaningful learning experiences for our students.
Joe Lipsett, MA
Educational Developer (Faculty Development), Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre
Phone: 416-977-6000, Ext. 2660
I joined the FCDC in 2014, with ten years of experience working in educational development at several Canadian universities, as well as in Australia. My areas of expertise are peer-based and active learning, as well as the development of teaching dossiers and working with student feedback. In my role as educational developer, faculty development, I support and promote teaching excellence at OCAD U, in addition to providing rich professional development opportunities tailored to your needs.
Before I came to OCAD U, I worked as a sessional instructor in film studies at Carleton University, and taught genre courses on slashers, science fiction, dystopia, teen and cult films. My personal research interests are in TV studies and fandom, particularly relating to contemporary serialized television. I invite you to stop by my office if you want to document your teaching, pursue a teaching award or simply wish to peruse my collection of books on anime, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and cult television.
Katie Switzer, BFA
Program Assistant, Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre
Phone: 416-977-6000, Ext. 2662
I am a recent graduate of the OCAD U Sculpture/Installation program. I first started working at the FCDC as a student monitor in 2013, and since graduating have held various full-time positions around the university, including with the Writing & Learning Centre, the FCDC and Continuing Studies. As program assistant, I work with the educational development team on curriculum development and review, technology-enabled learning and faculty development. My work supports the planning and facilitation of workshops, the development of faculty and program resources, and the advancement of technology-enabled and online learning. My goal is to support teaching and learning development at OCAD U.