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Associate Dean, Research

Joanna Berzowska

Joanna Berzowska
Associate Dean, Research
Tel: 514-848-2424 ext. 5040
Location: EV 2.743

Through the Office of the Associate Dean, Research, the Faculty of Fine Arts is committed to expanding and strengthening the role of research in the faculty. Working closely with Concordia’s Office of Research, the office supports the Faculty’s researchers in their individual and collective efforts to secure funding and launch successful research programs.

New and current faculty members are contacted on a regular basis to discuss their areas of interest and to assist them in the development of their research/creation career. The Office of the Associate Dean offers a range of services in all aspects of the research funding process, including: discussing application procedures for the various agencies and programs; ensuring that applicants adhere to all guidelines; reviewing proposals and offering recommendations; contacting funding agencies; and providing information for other sources of funding in Canada and internationally. Throughout the year, faculty members are kept abreast of new policies with respect to research funding.

The Office of the Associate Dean works closely with the School of Graduate Studies, making recommendations on graduate student funding. The Associate Dean also serves as a liaison for faculty members with Concordia’s Office of Research, and ensures that researchers’ accomplishments are known to the university community (see Research News and events page).

Read about the Vice-President, Research’s plan for supporting research development in the “Mobilizing Knowledge” plan and learn about Concordia’s major research strengths in the Strategic Research Plan.

Joanna Berzowska joined the Design and Computation Arts Department in 2002. She teaches courses across the design and computation disciplines, including visual communication, interaction design, tangible media, and physical computing. She is the founder and research director of XS Labs, a design research studio with a focus on innovation in the fields of electronic textiles and reactive garments. A core component of her research involves the development of enabling methods, materials, and technologies focusing on innovation in composite functional fibers, soft electronics, and additive manufacturing. She is also the Head of Electronic Textiles at OMsignal, a wearable and smart textile platform that enables leading fashion brands to design smart apparel.

She has a long history of research, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, SSHRC, FQRSC, Canadian Heritage, NSERC, and CFI. Berzowska’s art and design work has been shown in the V&A in London, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in NYC, the Millennium Museum in Beijing, the Art Directors Club in NYC, the Australian Museum in Sydney, NTT ICC in Tokyo, SIGGRAPH, ISEA, SIGCHI, and Ars Electronica Center in Linz among others. She holds a graduate degree from the MIT Media Lab. She lectures internationally about the field of electronic textiles and related social, cultural, aesthetic, and political issues.

Berzowska was Department Chair from 2012-2015 and has served on a broad range of departmental, faculty and university committees. She is looking forward to the opportunity to work in the diverse research environment across of the Faculty of Fine Arts, to build on current strengths, and to develop future initiatives that highlight the exciting potential of deep interdisciplinarity, social and cultural activism, entrepreneurship, and emerging science and technology.

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