As part of Ryerson’s senior management team, the Dean of the Faculty of Communication & Design plays a vital role in guiding all aspects of the academic and administrative agendas for each of the nine schools housed within the Faculty of Communication & Design, as well as related research, entrepreneurial and operational activities.
A graduate of Ryerson’s RTA program, Charles has had a distinguished career in media and creative industries with an accomplished track record in production, brand development and commerce. Charles had taught at Ryerson for nearly twenty years and was previously Chair of The RTA School of Media before becoming Dean.
As Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs, Ivor helps ensure that FCAD puts people first and provides high-quality undergraduate learning experiences. Key areas of his role include support for students and faculty members, cross-disciplinary innovation in curriculum, and oversight of academic supports and processes.
In addition to his role in the dean's office, Ivor conducts research into journalists' professional identity and values, and teaches ethics and law in the School of Journalism. He chaired the ethics advisory committee of the Canadian Association of Journalists until June 2015, and was the founding editor of the Canadian Journalism Project (J-Source.ca), a national website providing information, commentary and resources related to the achievement of, and challenges to, journalistic excellence.
Charles Davis, Associate Dean, Scholarly Research & Creative
As Associate Dean, SRC, Charles Davis is responsible for the development and implementation of a strategy that enhances and nurtures SRC activities within the Faculty of Communication & Design. In this capacity, he supports and promotes research initiatives, partnerships, collaborative projects, and interdisciplinary SRC activities. He is also responsible for expanding research training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.
In addition to his role as Associate Dean, Dr. Davis is a professor in the RTA School of Media and holds the ES Rogers Sr Research Chair in Media Management and Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University.
Jean holds a Ph.D. from the Humanities Doctoral Program at Concordia University with a specialization in Cinema Studies. Jean joined the School of Image Arts in 2004 as an Assistant Professor and became Associate Professor in 2010. Prior to joining Ryerson, she was Assistant Adjunct Professor at the Department of Film and Media Studies at Queen’s University.
In her time at Ryerson, Jean has served on various school, faculty and university-wide curriculum committees. Jean has also represented FCAD on the university’s Academic Standards Committee and graduate program committees. She has served as Associate Chair of the School of Image Arts and last year, Jean was its interim Chair.
As part of her SSHRC-funded scholarly work, Jean has co-organized international symposia and published research on Canadian cinema and television. Last year, she co-authored a book on the National Film Board of Canada’s groundbreaking and socially significant film, Forbidden Love. Currently, she is writing and co-editing a special issue of the European Journal of Cultural Studies that examines gender and property on real estate reality TV shows.
Jean supervises graduate thesis projects in Documentary Media, Film +Photography Preservation and Collections Management, and Communication and Culture. Jean teaches graduate courses in communication and cultural studies, visual culture and reality television.
With seven graduate programs across our nine schools, FCAD is a significant part of graduate education at Ryerson University, and we intend to build on this foundation even further. Under Jean’s leadership, we will continue to design and deliver the interdisciplinary and international graduate programs that are increasingly valued by students, employers and institutions across Canada.