Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing, FRSA Assumes Leadership Role Effective Immediately
August 1, 2012 (Calgary, Alberta) – The Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing, FRSA to the leadership position of Vice-President Research + Academic Affairs (VPRAA) effective immediately.
In the role, Professor Taylor-Gearing will oversee and set accountability for educational and academic leadership.
Professor Taylor-Gearing is an art educator and designer with more than 25 years of experience in art and design education and practice. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fashion and Textiles from Middlesex University, London. She then completed two years of post-graduate studies for the award of Higher Diploma in Fine Art, Theatre Design from the University of London, Slade School of Fine Art; and then earned her Post Graduate Teaching Certificate from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.
Professor Taylor-Gearing was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), London in 1990 and graduated from the Harvard Business School General Management Program (GMP11) in 2011. She was appointed Visiting Professor of Design at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), UK in 2012.
“I am committed to nurturing creative talent wherever it is found, and delighted to join the strong academic team at ACAD,” said Professor Taylor-Gearing. “I look forward to making a significant contribution to the future Academic Plan and the continued success of ACAD, and its contribution to the creative economy.”
Professor Taylor-Gearing is a Director of the Strood Academy Trust School in UK and was a founding member of the Board of Governors. She has held progressive academic, administrative, leadership and management positions in higher education, working in culturally diverse and international environments leading new and innovative creative arts academic portfolio developments and educational opportunities for a wide range of learners.
The Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) is committed to an academic and studio-based education for students in fine art, design, craft and digital media. The result is a rigorous studio program, which produces critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and artists with well-defined practices. ACAD is a leading centre for education and research, and a catalyst for creative inquiry and cultural development. We engage the world and create possibilities.
For more information, please contact:
Kim Alison Fraser
Director of Communications