Our Team

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)

Preetha Hussain, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

As Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Associate Professor Hussain is responsible for the management of the Faculty of Design curricular planning and academic staffing, including the oversight of faculty performance and resolution of student issues and academic matters related to teaching and curriculum. Preetha helps ensure that the Faculty of Design provides exceptional undergraduate learning experiences using Respectful Design principles.

Prior to joining the Faculty of Design in 2018, Preetha has been teaching for over eighteen years at as a tenured faculty at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi. As the former Chairperson of the Fashion & Lifestyle Accessories department spanning thirteen centers across India, she has been involved in augmenting the pedagogy of the Department through curriculum building, teaching and academic administration. She was awarded full scholarship in 2008 as Faculty Researcher for the Master in Strategic Design, Specialized Program in Politenico di Milano in collaboration with the Italian Ministry. She has fostered cross cultural exchange between Indian and Italian design faculty and students as the Nodal faculty for International Linkages for Italy. She has been invited as Design Expert for Trends and Forecasting by Asian Paints and India Design Forum and also invited as Panel member for selection of designers by Development Commissioner (Handicrafts). She has also contributed as part of Nodal Core Committee to the recent curriculum restructuring at NIFT across all centers which involved collaboration with faculty across 15 centers, and peer and academic feedback and review by external academics. She has presented papers on aspects of sacred jewelry and its connotations contemporary Indian women, the handcrafted artisans and the new Indian lexicon developed in conjunction with Indian designers at varied forums.

Combining her multi-disciplinary interests in fashion, design and their roots in social sciences, she is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology (from South Asian University (SAARC) in New Delhi) after completion of M. Phil on topics related to adornment and women’s culture. With her strong credo of inculcating craft in the curriculum, respecting traditional knowledge societies, and engagement through design interaction, she contributes to our efforts to decolonize our curriculum and foster an environment of respect for diversity and inclusion.

Jana Macalik, Associate Dean, Research, Outreach and Strategic Projects

As Associate Dean, Research, Outreach and Strategic Projects, Jana Macalik is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of scholarly and outreach activities within the Faculty of Design. In this capacity, she supports, promotes and provides stewardship in research initiatives, academic and industry partnerships, collaborative projects, and interdisciplinary activities.

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 providing administrative support for the Faculty of Design Office and its academic planning processes.

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 providing support for the Faculty of Design (FoD) Office, including processes involved with curriculum development and faculty hiring.

Sandra Barnes, Program Assistant

Advertising, Graphic Design, Illustration

Reporting to the Manager, Faculty of Design, & Academic Budget Officer, the Program Assistants are the first point of contact for the Faculty of Design Office and provide administrative assistance to Design Program Chairs, faculty and students, as well as providing general support for the Faculty of Design Office.

Maria Sarri, Program Assistant (interim)

Environmental Design, Industrial Design, Material Art and Design

Reporting to the Manager, Faculty of Design, & Academic Budget Officer, the Program Assistants are the first point of contact for the Faculty of Design Office and provide administrative assistance to Design Program Chairs, faculty and students, as well as providing general support for the Faculty of Design Office.

Sabrina Lindo, Assistant, Black Student & Community Outreach

Reporting to the Manager, Faculty of Design, & Academic Budget Officer and working closely with the Dean, Faculty of Design, the Assistant, Black Student & Community Outreach is responsible for providing administrative support to the Faculty of Design, including specific support for the OCAD U Black Youth Design Initiative. This role will also involve collaboration with the Admissions & Recruitment Office.