Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Mark Sussman

Elaine Cheasley Paterson
Associate Dean,
Academic Programs and Pedagogy

Tel: 514-848-2424 ext. 4604
Location: EV 2.749

The Associate Dean, Academic Affairs is responsible for the development and maintenance of all academic programs within the Faculty, and for student issues and welfare.

These responsibilities include: assessing and shepherding curriculum proposals, administering Fine Arts courses for non-Fine Arts students, supervising the periodic departmental review process, liaising with Concordia's Office of the ProvostSchool of Graduate Studies and Concordia Continuing Education, making recommendations on student funding, administering the Academic Code of Conduct, and handling student concerns and complaints that cannot be resolved at the departmental level.

The staff in Student Academic Services can provide students with a wide range of information and academic counselling.

Elaine Cheasley Paterson is Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Craft Studies in the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. She holds a PhD from Queen's University (Kingston, 2004), where she was a recipient of the Bader Fellowship in Art History. Her funded research concerns women's cultural philanthropy in early twentieth-century British, Irish and Canadian craft guilds of the home arts movement and for tracing a lineage from this historical material to the current resurgence in Do-it-yourself, maker culture and craftivist practices. 

Her writing and teaching are focused on the relationships between material culture and feminist theory, with an emphasis on the decorative arts and craft history. Another significant stream of her research, emerging from her teaching, is centred around questions of skill, hybridity, and pedagogy within a contemporary craft milieu. Some of her publications include Sloppy Craft: Postdisciplinarity and the Crafts (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), with Susan Surette; ‘Crafting Empire: Intersections of Irish and Canadian Women’s History,’ Journal of Canadian Art History (2014);co-editor with Gloria Hickey of a special issue of Cahiers métiers d'art - Craft Journal on Craft and Social Development (2012); 'Judy Chicago's Rainbow Shabbat at the MMAQ,' in Chicago in Glass - en Verre, ed. Pierre Wilson (2010); 'Gender and Canadian Ceramics: Women's Networks' in On the Table: 100 Years of Functional Ceramics in Canada(Gardiner Museum catalogue, 2006);‘Decoration and Desire in the Watts Chapel’ in Gender and History (2005); ‘Crafting a National Identity' in The Irish Revival Reappraised (2004). 

Upcoming publication projects include her work co-editing a special issue on Identity, Craft, Marketing of the Journal of Canadian Art History (2018), Craft and Heritage: Intersections in Critical Studies and Practice (2019) and The Craft Studies Handbook for Bloomsbury Academic in 2020.Her most recent publication “Our Lady of the Snows : Settlement, empire and ‘the children of Canada’ in the needlework of Mary Seton Watts” in L. Binkley and J. Amos, eds. Stitching the Self (2018) emerges from her initial forays into a new line of research concerned with education, settlement, social benevolence and imperial philanthropy (through the migration of people, craft practices and objects) in early twentieth-century Britain and Canada.

She is on the editorial board of Cahiers métiers d'art - Craft Journal (Montréal), a member of the Centre for the Study of Canadian Women Artists and the Quebec Quilt Registry Project at Concordia, a Research Fellow of the Institute for Studies in Canadian Art and a member of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Craft Biennial.

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