NSCAD's Reorganization
August 28, 2015

As I’m sure you are aware, there have been a number of staffing changes at NSCAD University over the summer. We are very excited to have some new people joining our staff, and for others to be taking on new and enhanced roles, all in the service of our students.

We would like to take a minute to introduce you to these changes and provide some information on each person’s background and the nature of their new position. To assist you in understanding our new structure, please see the updated directory and organizational charts.

-- Chris Hattie, Director of Human Relations

Office of Academic Affairs3rd Floor Duke, Fountain Campus

Dr. Ann-Barbara Graff
Vice-President (Academic and Research)
Email: nscad.ca
Tel: 902-494-8125

Dr. Ann-Barbara Graff joined NSCAD in August 2014 as Academic Dean. Prior to joining NSCAD, Ann-Barbara worked at Nipissing University where she held the positions of Interim Dean and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science as well as Chair of English studies. Ann-Barbara holds a PhD, MA and BA in English from the University of Toronto.

As a member of the senior management team, the VP & R provides leadership to faculty and instructors who offer undergraduate courses in Historical and Critical Studies, Foundation Studies, Design, Craft, Fine Arts, Media Arts, and Interdisciplinary Arts, as well as  graduate programs in Fine and Media Arts, Craft and Design. The technical staff, library, Anna Leonowens Gallery, and extended studies units also report to the VP A & R.

She is charged with leading curricular reform, program development, and research expansion; this includes a framework for integration of a new learning management system and online learning (namely, D2L); the development of an international recruitment strategy, including NASAD foreign equivalency; and revitalization of NSCAD’s strategic research plan, with the prospect of a Tier 2 CRC in Interactive Media in 2016. In collaboration with University Relations, the VP A&R reaches out to external stakeholders and builds relationships to ensure long-term security of programs and facilities.

Anne Masterson
Academic Affairs Officer and FOIPOP Coordinator
Email: nscad.ca
Tel: 902-494-8125

Anne has worked at NSCAD for more than 12 years, most recently as Executive Assistant to the Office of Academic Affairs. In her new role Ann will work directly with VPAR on academic programming and quality assurance, academic program reviews of all program areas; academic governance; and to define and assess program metrics, benchmarks, and process for using them. Preparation of accreditation documentation; coordination of self study documents; and application of the collective agreements specifically initiating, tracking, communicating with faculty and completing all procedures within the deadlines as prescribed by the collective agreement.

Eric MacDonald
Coordinator, Academic Affairs and Research Services
Email: nscad.ca
Tel: 902-494-8220

Eric has worked in the Office of Academic Affairs for more than 10 years. In his new role, he will have increased responsibilities for providing administrative assistance support to the Office of Academic Affairs and Research, the VPAR, Academic Affairs Officer; and post-award support to the research officer.  The coordinator will monitor all Office of Academic Affairs and Research budget lines, maintain office petty cash fund, disbursements, reimbursements, petty cash reconciliation; this position works closely with the faculty and the controller on financial administration, research reporting and accounting in compliance with research grant regulations, including processing purchases, internal and external transfers, travel claims and reimbursement requests. 

Patty O’Toole
Academic Administrative Assistant
Email: nscad.ca
Tel: 902-494-8149

Patty joined NSCAD in 2008 as administrative assistant to the Division of Foundation Studies. Previously she worked with the Nova Scotia Community College in a variety of positions including administrative assistant to academic chairs. 

As Academic Administrative Assistant, Patty provides administrative support to the Office of the Vice President (Academic and Research) and academic divisions.

Mireille Bourgeois
Coordinator, Research Services
Tel: 902-444-7221

Mireille joins NSCAD as part-time Coordinator, Research Services on September 2, 2015. Mireille has a wealth of experience as a grant writer and intrepid grant finder, and has worked with many arts organizations throughout the city. She holds degrees from NSCAD University and Bard University. 

Mireille will be responsible for coordination of research projects, including commercialization agreements and will assist with grant writing.

Catherine Allen
Program Coordinator (Extended Studies)
Email: nscad.ca
Tel: 902-494-8224

Catherine has been NSCAD’s Program Coordinator for Extended Studies since 2012, and will now continue in this role as part of the Office of Academic Affairs. Catherine is responsible for all non-credit program development, including adult courses, youth courses, corporate education, online learning, school outreach and associated special events and exhibitions.

Office of University Relations4th Floor Duke, Fountain Campus

Linda Hutchison
Associate Vice-President, University Relations
Email: lhutchison@nscad.ca
Tel: 902-494-8244

As a member of the senior management team, Linda’s  core responsibilities include fund development, stewardship, alumni affairs, external relations, community engagement, communications and marketing. University Relations manages many of NSCAD’s relationships with key stakeholders including government, donors and alumni. Revenue components include annual fund management, major gift solicitation, planned giving, institutional marketing and special events. Provides advancement oversight for prospect research, data-base, gift and fund management, community engagement and increased cooperation and alignment with the Office of Admissions.

Linda graduated from NSCAD in 1979 with a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication. She has a Certificate in Business Management from Dalhousie University, is a trustee of the National Gallery of Canada and HR Committee Chair, and is vice-chair of Nova Scotia Talent Trust. She served as interim President of NSCAD in 2006.

Andrew Neville
Public Projects Coordinator
Email: aneville@nscad.ca
Tel: 902-441-1283

Andrew's responsibilities include coordinating the TD Centre for Community Service Learning and Community Outreach Initiatives, the NSCAD Community Studio Residency programs and Public Lecture Series. Based at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, he will also be programming Art Bar + Projects.

Also in University Relations:

Chris McFarlane
Manager, Stewardship and Advancement Services
Email: nscad.ca
Tel: 902-494-8175

Marilyn Smulders
Director of Communications
Email: nscad.ca
Tel: 902-494-8248

Office of Admissions1st Floor, Port Campus

Ken Rice
Recruitment and Admissions Officer
Email: nscad.ca
Tel: 902-494-8259

Ken as accepted a term contract as Recruitment and Admissions Officer. Ken has been part of the NSCAD community for many years as a student and employee, most recently serving as Administrative Assistant for the Division of Art History and Critical Studies. In his new role, Ken will assist with the integration of Extended Studies admissions, on-campus recruitment initiatives and strategic projects.

Also in Admissions:

Ruby Boutilier
Recruitment Coordinator
Email: nscad.ca
Tel: 902-494-8241

Coordinator of student recruitment activity with extensive outreach via portfolio days, school visits and career fairs across Canada and internationally.

Office of Student and Academic Services1st Floor Port Campus / 2nd Floor Fountain Campus

Terry Bailey
Acting Registrar and Director of Student Services
Director of Admissions and Enrolment Services
Email: tbailey@nscad.ca
Tel: 902-494-8200/8188

In addition to his duties as Director, Admissions and Enrolment Services, Terry is currently serving as Acting Registrar and Director of Student Services. In this role, Terry oversees all student services and registratrial functions of the nniversity. This includes student enrolment and retention, student academic advising, student records and registration, articulation agreements and transfer of credits from other institutions, graduation and convocation. the Academic Calendar, program delivery planning. and services to students.

Joann Reynolds Farmer
Coordinator, Off-campus, International and Advising
Email: nscad.ca
Tel: 902-444-7213
Office: P104, Port Campus

A long-serving employee and NSCAD alumna (BFA 1991), Joann has had many roles during her 24 years at NSCAD. Most recently, Joann was administrative assistant to the Divisions of Fine and Media Arts. Her new role will involve coordinating the Off Campus Study Program (including exchange, off campus internships and practica and related registrarial duties), international student support and student advising functions in the Office of Student and Academic Services.

Also in the Office of Student and Academic Services:

Debra Campbell
Assistant Registrar
Email: nscad.ca
Tel: 902-494-8124

Christina Warren
Manager, Financial Aid and Student Counselling
Email: nscad.ca
Tel: 902-494-8130

Terry Wade
Admin Assistant
Email: twade@nscad.ca
Tel: 902-494-8260

Dirk Staatsen
Coordinator, Student Records and Academic Advising,
Email: dstaatsen@nscad.ca
Tel: 902-494-8194

Bill Travis
Disability Resource Facilitator
Email: btravis@nscad.ca
Tel: 902-494-8313

President’s Office4th Floor Duke, Fountain Campus

Kathy Connor
Executive Assistant, Governance
Email: nscad.ca
Tel: 902-494-8114

Kathy joined NSCAD in May 2015 as Executive Assistant, Governance. Prior to joining NSCAD, Kathy spent seven years as Executive Assistant/Corporate Secretary of Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia. Kathy is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the activities of the Board of Governors to ensure effective and efficient delivery of administrative support to governance bodies.  Coordinating all sub-committees of the Board of Governors and maintains and safeguards the official records of university governance.  Kathy supports various projects initiating out of the President’s Office and provides administrative support to the President’s Office as needed.

Also in the President’s Office:

Prof. Dianne Taylor-Gearing
Email: nscad.ca