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


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 Natalie Nanton, Secretary to Senate at, or at 416-977-6000, Ext. 2856. 

Current chair of Senate

Associate Professor Simone Jones

Past chairs of Senate

Associate Professor Sylvia Whitton (Interim Chair: January 1 to June 30, 2017)

Professor b.h. Yael, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019

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 3:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., unless otherwise stated, during the Fall and Winter terms in room 322, 230 Richmond Street West. For more information, please contact Natalie Nanton, Secretary to Senate at

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

September 30, 2019 Agenda
October 28, 2019 Agenda
November 25, 2019 Agenda Minutes
January 27, 2020 Agenda Minutes
February 24, 2020 Agenda Minutes 
March 30, 2020 Agenda Minutes
April 27, 2020 Agenda Minutes
May 20, 2020 Agenda Minutes



Dr. Sara Diamond

Dr. Caroline Langill
Vice-President, Academic and Provost, and Vice-Chair of Senate

Dr. Salah Bachir

Dr. Robert Luke
Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Dr. Ashok Mathur
Dean, Graduate Studies

Dr. Glen Lowry
Acting Dean, Faculty of Art

Dr. Dori Tunstall
Dean, Faculty of Design

Dr. Ian Clarke
Interim Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Ms. Elisabeth Paradis
University Registrar

Ms. Jill Patrick
University Librarian

Faculty-Area Faculty Senators - Art

Prof. Jason Baerg
Prof. Simone Jones
Prof. JJ Lee
Prof. Nina Leo
Natalie Waldburger
Prof. Sylvia Whitton

Faculty-Area Faculty Senators - Design

Prof. Debbie Adams
Prof. Maya Desai
Prof. Bruce Hinds
Prof. Richard Hunt
Prof. Ali Qadeer
Dr. Kate Sellen

Faculty-Area Faculty Senators - Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr. Heather Coffey
Prof. Kate Hartman
Dr. Camille Isaacs
Dr. Kathy Kiloh
Dr. Michelle Miller
Dr. Eric Nay
Dr. Charles Reeve

Faculty At-Large Senators

Prof. Simon Glass
Prof. June Lawrason
Prof. Alexander Manu
Prof. Kathleen Morris
Dr. Gayle Nicoll
Prof. Colleen Reid
Prof. Lauchie Reid

Sessional Faculty Senators

Stephanie Power
Surendra Lawoti

Program Chairs - Faculty of Art

Prof. Ilene Sova
Dr. Claire Brunet

Program Chairs - Faculty of Design

Prof. Angelika Seeschaaf-Veres
Prof. Dorie Millerson

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

Prof. Nick Puckett
Dr. Catherine Black

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Martha Ladly
Dr. Michele Mastroeni

Student senators

Undergraduate Student Senators

Mariya Granich
Cross-Disciplinary Art: Publications, Faculty of Art

Rahul Bagdai
Graphic Design, Faculty of Design

Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Graduate Student Senator

Jevi Peters
Digital Futures

Appointed Senators

Martin Shewchuk
External member appointed by and from the Board of Governors

Prof. Howard Munroe
Internal Co-Chair, Indigenous Education Council

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

Ms. Susan Ferguson
Director, Teaching and Learning, appointed by virtue of office