The School of Creative Arts full-time graduate faculty are supported by a diverse group of part-time, sessional and emeriti faculty who are available to provide studio visits, sit on thesis committees, and serve as professional, artistic, and community resources.
Additionally, our Masters candidates are encouraged to seek input and support from members of the University at large. Past years have seen fruitful collaborations between our students and members of faculties including–but not limited to–Communications Studies, Architecture, Creative Writing, Music, Labour Studies, Philosophy, Sociology and Anthropology, Political Science and Women’s Studies.
BAE, Sung Min
Associate Professor, Film Production
Min Bae, Film Production Professor at the University of Windsor and Cactus Pictures® Founder, has been avidly devoted to Cinematography and Filmmaking since 1990. He has expertise and training in film production, cinematography and fine arts, a reflection of his education in Montreal, France, and Korea. Min Bae has been a collaborator on several award-winning independent films. Situation (1995), Off Sync (2000), Where are we (2004), Two Islands (2007), and the recent experimental film Qausuittuq (Summer 2020) presented/recognized in festivals worldwide.
In addition, the accomplished filmmaker continues his career as the acting writer, director, and cinematographer in the feature-length documentary film, Reset (Fall 2022), set in Seoul, Korea.
Associate Professor, Musicology
Sally's interdisciplinary research focuses on American musical culture particularly through the lens of politics, challenging assumptions about music, musical meaning and the role and status of the American modernist art composer. Bick was an inaugural member of Royal Society’s New College of Scholars, Artists and Scientists in Canada in recognition of her academic work (2014). She also won The Dena Epstein award from the Music Library Association (1999), the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award (2006) for her article on Aaron Copland’s film score for Of Mice and Men, as well as The Virgil Thomson Award from the Society of American Music (2015). Her work has been supported by The National Endowment for the Humanities (2011-12) as well as the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2004-8, 2011-14, 2020-25).
Bick has published in a variety of forums including Journal of the American Musicological Society, American Music, Musical Quarterly, German Studies Review as well as the New School for Social Research’s Public Seminar, and Trax on the Trail, a public forum that explores music in political campaigns. She is the author of the book Unsettled Scores, which focuses on the Hollywood careers of Aaron Copland and Hanns Eisler and shows how their high art sensibility and political conscience were brought into direct conflict with the premier producers of America’s potent mass culture.
Bick received her MM. and Ph.D from Yale in musicology as well as performing degrees from Indiana (MM.) and University of Toronto (MusBac). As a cellist, she performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet of Canada, and participated in studio productions that included films and commercial work in Toronto. Bick is currently preparing an intellectual and cultural history on the musical legacy of the New School for Social Research and its contributions to New York’s musical modernist and political culture during the 1930s.
Associate Professor, Cultural History & Theory/Visual Culture
My research sits at the intersection of affect studies, memory, and visual culture, particularly histories of photography. My latest book, Chronic Conditions, was published in 2023 by McGill-Queen’s University Press. In 2018, Dr. Yoke-Sum Wong and I published our co-edited book, Feelings of Structure: Explorations in Affect. This volume collects work by writers from multiple disciplines, each of whom explores impacts and encounters with various structures, both physical and intangible. My first book, Seeing Ghosts: 9/11 and the Visual Imagination (2009), traces historical echoes found in imagery that resonated during the initial aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks in 2001.
PhD, Sociology (2005)
MA, English (1999)
BA(H) English (1997)
Assistant Professor, Visual Art (Interdisciplinary Practices)
Catherine Heard Simultaneously attractive and repulsive. Catherine Heard’s works delve into primal anxieties about the body. Frequently, she uses traditional craft and historical techniques as foils for abject subject matter. Currently, she is creating a large-scale community art project, Redwork: The Emperor of Atlantis, that incorporates embroidery by participants from across Canada. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, France, Denmark, Mexico, and the US. It is in the permanent collection of the Canada Council Art Bank, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, The Art Gallery of Kamloops and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Catherine Heard is represented by Birch Contemporary Gallery. https://birchcontemporary.com
Sentinel (detail), 2022. Plywood, twigs, gilding, glass eyes.
Professor, Film Production
Nick Hector is a documentary filmmaker and educator with more than thirty-five years of experience. He has worked at the industry’s highest level enjoying long working relationships with such celebrated artists as Allan King, Naomi Klein, and Sturla Gunnarsson. Nick has edited or produced more than 160 documentary films and programs with combined budgets of more than 100 million dollars across North & Central America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. His work has been screened at most major international festivals including three of the “Big Five”: TIFF, Berlinale, and Sundance, winning 48 national and international awards. These films have been streamed or broadcast worldwide on platforms that include Criterion, Apple, Amazon, Crave, Showtime, AMC, Discovery and more. Nick is a full member of the British Film Editors and Canadian Cinema Editors honours societies, and his work includes three Top Ten Canadian films, five films at MoMA, 11 at TIFF, and 16 at HotDocs. Nick has been nominated for 36 national film awards and the winner of thirteen; including Canadian Screen, HotDocs, Directors Guild of Canada, Canadian Cinema Editors, and Gemini Awards. His creative work focuses on social justice and the environment and explores the possibilities of constructed narrative in observational documentary. Nick is perhaps best known for his work on Dying at Grace, hailed by TIFF as “one of the greatest films ever made in this country” and now part of the prestigious Criterion Collection.
KOTOWICH, J.G Bruce
Associate Professfor, Director of Choirs, Vocal Area Supervisor
Bruce J. G. Kotowich is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at the University of Windsor where he directs the University of Windsor Chamber Choir and University Singers. In addition to directing these choral ensembles, he teaches conducting. Dr. Kotowich is also the Chorus Master for the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Windsor Classic Chorale.
Dr. Kotowich completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where he also received his Master of Music degree. He received his Associateship of Music in Vocal Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba. He is a recipient of numerous awards and honours including awards from the Canada Arts Council, and the Manitoba Arts Council.
He has conducted the Manitoba Provincial Senior High Honour Choir, Manitoba Provincial Jazz Choir, the South Dakota North Region All-State Choir, the Illinois Music Educators’ Association District 8 Honor Choir and has conducted and judged numerous other festival and conference choirs. Dr. Kotowich has presented at the Iowa Choral Directors’ Association Summer Conference, the National Convention of the American Choral Directors’ Association (Dallas 2013 and Salt Lake City 2015), North Central ACDA Regional Conferences, and the NDSU Symposium: Music of the Americas. Dr. Kotowich is published in the Choral Research Memorandum Series through Chorus America, and is the editor of a choral music series for Alliance Publishing. He has toured throughout North America, Europe and China with his choirs.
Professfor, Fillm Production
Biography coming soon....
Professor, Music and Sound
Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Brent Lee is a composer, media artist, and musician whose work explores the relationships between sound, image, and technology, especially through multimedia performance. He has created more than one hundred works, ranging from orchestral music to interactive media pieces to film soundtracks. He holds degrees from McGill University and the University of British Columbia, where he completed his doctoral studies in 1999.
In addition to performances and broadcasts in many countries, several of his works have been commercially recorded. He is a co-founder of the Noiseborder Ensemble, and has been awarded significant funding for research/creation through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.
Associate Professor, Cinema Arts
Director of the Humanities Research Group, Kim Nelson’s key research interests include historical consciousness and identity, methodologies of truth, and public dialogue about the past, which she has explored through audio documentary (CBC IDEAS 2023), her practice of live documentary, and written explorations in essay and book form. Her creative work has been screened, performed, and broadcast internationally in the US, Europe, and Canada. She has held fellowships in Germany (DAAD 2012-2013), Canada (HRG 2013-2014), and the US (NYU 2015-2016), and past and ongoing creative and research projects have received support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Ministry of Heritage. She co-edited The Routledge Companion to History and the Moving Image (2023) and authored the book Making History Move: Constructing a Historiophoty for the Historical Film, forthcoming from Rutgers University Press in 2024. Nelson holds a PhD in Media Studies from Babelsberg University in Potsdam, Germany.
Photo: Kim Nelson with design by Brodie MacPhail
Associate Professor, Percussion
Dr. Nicholas Papador is an associate professor of music at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, where he coordinates the Percussion Studio and directs the University of Windsor Percussion Ensemble. His courses include Percussion Techniques, Music Theory, Musics Cultures of the World, and History of Jazz.
Dr. Papador is an active performer and composer as well as founding member of several new music and multimedia ensembles, including Marassa Duo and Noiseborder Ensemble. Papador has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Austria, Hungary, and Sweden. He has performed/presented at two Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, and is a two time invited performer to the International Percussion Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He has received several prestigious grants and awards from agencies such as the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and Canada Foundation for Innovation. He can be heard on CBC Radio, Ludwig/Elf, and RIAX labels. His second concert percussion recording with Marassa Duo, which is supported by an OAC grant, is forthcoming. His compositions appear with Alfred Publications, Studio 4 Music, House Panther Press, and Bachovich Music. Papador is an artist endorser for Vic Firth, Sabian, and Yamaha. He has presented at two Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and is the president of the PAS Ontario Chapter.
Papador completed his doctoral degree from Northwestern University and his master’s degree at the world-renowned Indiana University School of Music where his efforts also earned him the university’s coveted Performer’s Certificate. He holds two bachelors degrees from the University of Oregon. His principal teachers have included Michael Burritt, Gerald Carlyss, James Ross, Ruben Alvarez, Charles Dowd and Paul Wertico.
Associate Professor, Art History and Visual Culture
Lee Rodney is an Associate Professor of Media Art and Cultures in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor. She is cross-appointed to the MA program in Communication, Media and Film and the Ph.D. program in Argumentation Studies. She actively supervises graduate students in media arts, interdisciplinary research, and collaborative and performative approaches to visual and media arts practice. Since 2008, she has been involved in borderlands-related research that began with a Fulbright fellowship to study relationships between contiguous urban regions along the U.S.-Mexico border and the Canada-U.S. border. She has published and exhibited her work extensively on borderlands and alternative cartographies. Her book, Looking Beyond Borderlines: North America’s Frontier Imagination, examines the shifting relationship between borders and frontiers in North America as they have been represented and undermined through various cultural practices (Routledge, 2017). She has also organized community-based borderlands research through three SSHRC-funded multi-year projects: The Border Bookmobile (2010-2013) and “Buoyant Cartographies: Alternative Mapping Practices on the Detroit River” (2018-2019). With Dr. Michael Darroch (York University), she is co-director of the IN/TERMINUS Research Group, which is currently undertaking a new multi-year SSHRC project entitled “Sensing Borders: Mapping, Media and Migration.”
Sessional Lecturer, Drawing & Painting
José Seoane is a painter and installation artist from Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, investigating ideas around transculturation and identity within the post modern condition. His work extends from the gallery into site-specific spaces that include interactive interventions and large-scale murals. José Seoane’s most recent series of paintings investigate the idea of the wall within the intersections of art and architecture. His earlier works focused on questions he had about the meaning of cultural themes in their development, symbolism associated with his being a medium/transporter of meaning.
Professfor, Fillm Production
Michael Stasko is a talented and award-winning filmmaker who has written, produced and directed five feature films that have premiered at prestigious festivals and sold to major distributors. His films range from comedy to sci-fi to drama, and feature stars like Ray Wise, Tom Cavanagh, Fred Willard, Graham Greene, Colin Mochrie and Kevin McDonald. He has also created and produced original TV shows for YTV and CBC. Michael Stasko is a versatile and visionary storyteller who always delivers engaging and entertaining stories for the screen. Works include "Things To Do" (2006), "Iodine" (2009), "The Brider" (2014), "The Control" (2018) and "Boys vs. Girls" (2020).
Most recently he produced the psychological thriller "Depraved Mind" with Suede Productions, and it's currently enjoying a successful film festival run. His current project "Vampire Zombies...from Space!" is in advance post-production gearing up for a festival run in late-2023, early 2024.
Professor, Integrated Media
Sigi Torinus creates new media works that include site-specific installation and improvisatory interactive live-video performance. Her work explores our perceptions of the migratory journey, through time and space, in physical, ephemeral and digital worlds. She holds an MFA from the Braunschweig Art Institute, Germany, and San Francisco State University in California.
Installation, Performance, Time Based Media, Visual Culture, Aesthetics and Sustainability
Time Based Media, Intermedia, Graduate Seminar, Critical Issues
Area Coordinator, Integrated Media
Selected exhibitions/performances: Sofia History Museum, Bulgaria (2017), Goethe-Institut Bulgaria (2017), Case de las Américas, Havana, Cuba (2017), KUBE Art Museum, Ålesund, Norway (2015), Laban Theatre, London, England (2015), Festival of Lights, Berlin, Germany (2014), Medienwerkstatt Berlin, Germany (2014), Art Gallery of Windsor, ON, Canada (solo show, 2014), International Video Art Festival, Camagüey, Cuba (2013), Chamberfest Ottawa, Canada (2013), Sonorities Festival, Belfast, Ireland (2013), 11th Biennial Havana: Artistic Practice and Social Imaginary, Havana, Cuba (2012), Casalmaggiore Festival, Italy (2012)
Noiseborder Multimedia Performance Laboratory (Co-Director), University of Windsor.
Professor, Printmaking and Bioart
Director, INCUBATOR Art Lab
Canada Research Chair in Art, Science and Ecology
Dr. Jennifer Willet is an artist, researcher, performer, and curator in the international art/science community. She is an innovator in the field of bioart, merging artistic and biotechnological research towards research/creation that uses living media (cells, plants, microbes) in the production of artworks. Willet is a Canada Research Chair in Art, Science, and Ecology, and a Professor in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor and the Director of INCUBATOR Art Lab, founded in 2009. She is a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists in the Royal Society of Canada. In 2018, Willet opened a new state-of-the-art bioart laboratory, and in 2020 a storefront bioart studio and community engagement centre at the University of Windsor. https://incubatorartlab.com/
Image Credit: Justin Elliott