Our Team

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230 Richmond St. W.
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Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall, Dean

Dr. Tunstall joined OCAD University on in 2016, as Dean of Design. As part of the senior management team, she plays a vital role in steering aspects of the academic and administrative agendas within the Faculty of Design, as well as related research, outreach, fundraising and operational activities. As the university has initiated the challenge of decolonizing its institution, Dori advocates and communicates how Respectful Design serves the appropriate design ethos for this process.

Dori is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.

With a global career, Dori served as Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia. She wrote the biweekly column Un-Design for The Conversation Australia. In the U.S., she taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She organized the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and served as a director of Design for Democracy. Industry positions included UX strategists for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. Dori holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

Presently, Dori’s life work culminates in the effort to decolonize design at OCAD University. As noted in a recent interview for the Design Observer/AIGA, “This requires separating the concept of design for the “modernist project” in order to cede more space for alternative ways of making and being from Indigenous, Black, Asian, Latinx, and Middle Eastern communities. By the modernist project, I mean the ethos of erasing ethnic, racial, and national identities to become universal man and the use of technology to achieve social and economic progress. While in the context of the first half of the 20th century in Europe, this project was utopian and revolutionary. In the context of 21st century North America, this project, in which design has been deeply embedded, is implicated in the cultural genocide of Indigenous peoples in North America, as well as all over the world, and the over-extraction of natural resources resulting in our sustainability crises.” (Design Observer)

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

As Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Jana Macalik is responsible for oversight and administration of the Faculty of Design’s curricular management; faculty teaching support and performance; and faculty and student issues related to teaching and curriculum. The Associate Dean champions the processes of decolonizing, Indigenous Vitalization, and diversifying the Faculty’s curriculum, as proposed in OCAD U’s developing Academic Plan. She previously was the Associate Dean, Research, Outreach and Strategic Projects, responsible for the strategic development and implementation of scholarly and outreach activities within the Faculty of Design.

Jana joined OCAD University in 2014 having been a tenured faculty member and Lower School Coordinator at the School of Interior Design, Ryerson University. Over the 16 years as an academic, her teaching explores how art and design in their truest forms are created to fracture barriers and initiate dialogue with individuals, internally and socially. These topics are explored through theoretical ideation and put into practice in the design studio. In her design practice, Jana Macalik is concerned with spatial communication and media integration, and since 1994 has been involved in cultural exhibition design and branding applications in communications and architecture. She has over 20 years of experience working as a designer for cultural institutions in Toronto as well as a designer for multi-disciplinary firms, including Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership in New York, and Perennial Inc. in Toronto and Aldrich Pears Associates in Vancouver.

Presently, Jana is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education at OISE/UT, investigating art and design education across Canada, with particular interest on policies and support structures for art and design education, and studio based learning. The challenges of government funding strategies and economic impacts of creative industries in the face of industry expectations and rapidly changing entrepreneurial and innovation landscape drives Jana’s interest in the field.

As an Associate Professor, she holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, and is a registered ARIDO member as well as a LEED AP.

Alim Mawani, Manager, Faculty of Design, & Academic Budget Officer

Reporting to the Dean, the Manager & Academic Budget Office is responsible for managing all aspects of non-academic and fiscal operations as well as providing administrative support to the Dean, Associate Deans, Chairs, faculty and students in the Faculty of Design (FoD). He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Mary Ann Lee, Assistant to The Dean

Reporting to the Dean, the Assistant to the Dean is responsible for providing administrative support to the Faculty of Design.

Karen McOuat, Coordinator, Academic Planning

Reporting to the Manager, Faculty of Design, & Academic Budget Officer, the Coordinator, Academic Planning works closely with the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and the Faculty of Design Program Chairs and is responsible for processes involved with curriculum development, scheduling, contracts, Canvas, Grades, Grade Change forms, Models, MIC etc.

Zul Gulamhusein, Coordinator (interim)

Reporting to the Manager, Faculty of Design, & Academic Budget Officer and working closely with the Dean, Associate Deans and Program Chairs, the Coordinator, Faculty of Design is responsible for processes involved with all faculty hiring, TA hiring, peer & performance reviews (i.e. Sessional service tracking, correspondence to faculty, elections, committees)

Sandra Barnes, Program Assistant (Students)

Reporting to the Manager, Faculty of Design, & Academic Budget Officer, Sandra is responsible for acting as the initial point of contact for students, across all program areas within the Faculty of Design. (i.e. meet with students as directed by Advising, registration, back up to Program Assistant). Including Academic Misconducts, Appeals, Petitions

Samantha Shute, Interim Program Assistant (Faculty)

Reporting to the Manager, Faculty of Design, & Academic Budget Officer, the Program Assistants are responsible for providing administrative support the Program Chairs and faculty within the Faculty of Design. (e.g. room bookings, back-up to Program Assistant, MIC, etc)

Robert Pisano, Program Assistant (on leave)

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