As Associate Dean of Graduate Education, Dr. Jean Bruce oversees and maintains FCAD’s high-quality graduate programs and its student experiences. She is also the FCAD representative who collaborates with the Yeates School of Graduate Studies and our faculty’s own schools.
Jean has recently guided the addition of two new graduate programs—now totalling nine—within the faculty. These are: the Scriptwriting & Story Design (MFA) and the Media & Design Innovation (PhD), which will ensure that FCAD maintains its prominence in graduate education at Ryerson University and beyond. Under Jean’s leadership, FCAD will continue to provide innovative, interdisciplinary and international graduate programs that will educate students today for leadership roles tomorrow in industry and institutions across Canada and around the world.
In addition, Jean is a faculty member in the School of Image Arts. As an IMA representative, Jean was involved in a variety of university-wide initiatives. Among them, she played a lead role in revising curriculum, represented FCAD on Ryerson’s Academic Standards Committee and served on a variety of graduate committees in the Communication and Culture program. In the School of Image Arts, Jean also held the positions of Associate Chair and Interim Chair. She is a recipient of the Dean’s Service Award.
Jean teaches graduate courses in communication and cultural studies, visual culture and television. She supervises graduate students in Documentary Media; Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management; and Communication and Culture.
As part of her SSHRC-funded scholarly work, Jean has convened international symposia and has published on subjects in Canadian cinema and television. She has written both popular and academic articles and books and served as editor for themed issues of journals in Canada and Europe. Her contributions to scholarly anthologies cover Canadian and queer cinema and reality television. She is currently working on a book about advertising and consumer culture.