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Dr. Carla Cassidy is Professor Emerita in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, where she held an academic appointment for 33 years. She was Interim Vice President Research and Innovation (2010-11), Dean of the Faculty of Arts (2001-2010), and Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration (1996-2001).
Dr. Cassidy received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from York University and her Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from McMaster University , where she studied Political Philosophy.
As Department Chair, Dr. Cassidy developed the partnership between the Department and the First Nations Technical Institute in Tyendinega that delivers the BA in Public Administration and Governance to First Nations administrators in various locations across Ontario.
As Dean, she ushered in nine (9) undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Arts, as well as many of the existing graduate programs. She also participated actively in the fundraising for, and setup of, the Chair in Indigenous Governance and the Centre for Indigenous Governance.
As VPRI, Dr. Cassidy continued her commitment to work with First Nations to provide post-secondary education in First Nations communities, and continued to teach in the partnership as she held administrative positions in the University.
Some of Dr. Cassidy's many contributions to Ryerson University were recognised in 2013 (March 6 luncheon and April 4 Ryerson Awards Night) when she received the Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership.
On 06 May 2015, Carla Cassidy received the inaugural Dean's Excellence Award for Leadership.
Dr. Cassidy’s research interests include theories of technology, reproductive and biotechnology, and liberalism.