Canada Research Chairs

NSCAD currently has two Canada Research Chairs – Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement and Dr. Leah Decter, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Creative Technologies and Community Engagement. The CRCs employment is governed by CRCP policies and the FUNSCAD Unit 1 Collective Agreement.

In June 2020, NSCAD announced Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson as its Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement, and the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery. Dr. Nelson is a former full professor of art history at McGill University, as well as a former Fulbright Visiting Research Chair and Visiting Professor at Harvard University and is the first such research institute in the nation for the study of the art, visual cultures, and histories of Canadian Slavery and its legacies, and only one of a handful in the world that focus on Transatlantic Slavery.

In December 2020, NSCAD announced Dr. Leah Decter as its Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Creative Technologies and Community Engagement. Dr. Decter is an inter-media/performance artist and scholar based in Winnipeg, MB, Treaty 1 Territory. Dr. Decter is also working with Tahltan artist, scholar and educator Peter Morin as co-director to launch a Centre for Inter-media Arts and Decolonial Expression (CiMADE) at NSCAD to create opportunities for diverse students, artists, scholars and communities to explore, engage and experiment with decolonial practices through innovation in inter-media arts.

CRC Equity Targets

Based on the population of Canada, the CRC’s 2029 equity targets are as follows:

  • Indigenous peoples – 4.9%
  • Persons with disabilities – 7.5%
  • Racialized minorities – 22%
  • Women – 50.9%

NSCAD University, as a small institution (with fewer than 40 chairs), commits to meet the established targets for larger institutions.

Please click here to access NSCAD University’s Equity Target-Setting Tool.

EDI Requests for Information, Questions or Concerns

At NSCAD, all feedback and requests for information are received and addressed by the EDI Working Group (comprised of Leanne Dowe, CFO; Isabelle Nault, AVP Operations; and Ann-Barbara Graff, VP (Academics and Research) and Provost). If you would like to contact the working group, email and you will receive a response within 1-2 business days.

Canada Research Chair Opportunities at NSCAD

There are currently no open positions.

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