About

Carla Rice

About


Introduction

Carla Rice is the Canada Research Chair in Care, Gender, and Relationships and a Full Professor in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph. As founder of Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice and the Revisioning Differences Media Arts Laboratory (REDLAB), Carla seeks to explore the efficacy and power of arts-informed research and research creation methods to advance social well-being, inclusion, equity, and justice in Canada and beyond.

A leader in the field of body image/embodiment studies in Canada and internationally both prior to and since moving into academia, Carla is a founding member and former director of initiatives including Canada’s National Eating Disorder Information Centre, the internationally acknowledged Eating Disorder Awareness Week and the Body Image Project at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto.

Carla currently directs nine research programs and co-investigates eight initiatives, representing over $8 million, 180+ researchers, 40 Canadian and five international universities. In the role as Principal Investigator, she was most recently awarded a SSHRC Partnership Grant totaling $2.5M (with matching funds of $3.5M) and involving 50+ organizations as well as an Insight Grant of $299,000 involving 9 community/ academic partners. Her Partnership Grant was ranked 1st nationally, with the panel noting that the “project provides an enormously significant, comprehensive, well-researched, unconventional, paradigm-changing framework with the potential to substantially shift the dominant discourse around disability arts and activism as well as to provide a solid platform for multiple forms of research-creation and substantial opportunities for high-quality training and pedagogical development.”


Scholarly/Artistic Outputs and Impacts

74+
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
71+
Books and book chapters
900+
Research and pedagogical products such as video, tools, and master classes
8M+
Research funding
Tri-Council,
British Council,
Canada Council,
Women’s Health Xchange,
MITACS
9
Awards, prizes, recognitions for research, teaching, advocacy and service
500+
Conference presentations, guest lectures and workshops

Carla Rice

Recent Awards

Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation

Co-recipient for Into the Light: Eugenics and Education in Southern Ontario, an exhibition that brings the histories and experiences of eugenics to light. The exhibition has preserved and protected the stories of survivors of eugenic practices. February 2020

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Care, Gender, and Relationships

Research award chair tenable for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. University of Guelph, 2011-2021.

Outstanding International Researcher Prize, British Psychological Society Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section

Awarded to a researcher not based in the UK who has done something exceptional with qualitative methods, moving qualitative methods forward internationally in exciting new ways. June 2019

Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. The Members of the College are scholars who have demonstrated a high level of achievement. November 2017

College of Social and Applied Human Sciences Faculty Teaching Award

Students initiated the nomination for this award for Carla’s innovation of a graduate interdisciplinary theory course “Becomings: Emerging Directions and Critical Dialogues in Gender, Sexuality and Human Development”. University of Guelph, 2014-2015.

Feminist Mentorship Award

Individuals nominated for this award are considered not only leaders in their field, but exceptional mentors to future leaders in the field, The Canadian Psychological Association’s Section for Women and Psychology (SWAP), 2013-2014.

Research Impacting Systems and Institutions

Transforming Professional Care Encounters: Advancing Health, Well-being, and Equity

The Aging Disability Nexus

Aging Vitalities: Digital Storytelling Workshop

Thickening Fat

Thickening Fat: Dialogues on Intersectionality, Social Justice & Fatness

logo of Re•Storying Autism reproducing stigma

Transgressing Body Boundaries: Multi-Media Storytelling on Trans Approaches to Weight Stigma

from invisibility to inclusion

Race and Rolls

Into the Light

Decolonizing Educational Relationships and Institutions: Mobilizing Indigenous Cultural Voice

nishnabek de'bwe win inVisibility: Indigenous in the City poster Logo of Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage

Activating Feminist and Disability Creative Research Practices: Accessibility, Connectivity, Futurity


Carla Rice

Timeline

2020

Nominee, CSAHS for a SSHRC Tier 1 CRC in Feminist Studies and Social Practice, University of Guelph


Co-Recipient, Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation for Into the Light: Eugenics and Education in Southern Ontario

2019

Recipient, Outstanding International Researcher Prize, British Psychological Society Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section

2018

Jim Silcox Lectureship by the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry’s Medical Education Committee at Western University (London, Ontario)


Gender and Women’s Studies: Critical Terrain, 2nd edition sold over 10,000 copies in just a year; approached to develop a version of this text for the US market

2017

Inductee, Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists


Founder, Academic Director of Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice, University of Guelph

2015

Full Professor, Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, University of Guelph

2014

Recipient, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences Faculty Teaching Award, University of Guelph

2013

Recipient, Feminist Mentorship Award, The Canadian Psychological Association’s Section for Women and Psychology (SWAP)


Recipient, Body Confidence Canada Award

2011

Recipient, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Care, Gender, and Relationships, University of Guelph


Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine

2008

Recipient, Trent Merit Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching

2006

Research Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI), Women’s College Hospital


Associate Professor at Trent University

2004

Ph.D. in Women’s Studies, York University, Canada, Dissertation: Becoming Women: Body Image, Identity, and Difference in the Passage to Womanhood


Assistant Professor at Trent University


Global Academic Advisor and Consultant, Dove Campaign for Real Beauty and the Dove Self Esteem Fund

2001

Researcher and Consultant, Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario

1990s

M.Ed. in Applied Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Qualifying Research Paper – The Politics of Program Development: Women’s Services, State Power, and Social Chang


Community Researcher, York University, Centre for Feminist Research


Clinical Manager, Women’s College Hospital, Regional Women’s Health Centre


Researcher and Consultant, Ontario Ministry of Health, Health Promotion Directorate


Consultant, Toronto Board of Education


Consultant and Researcher, Ontario Ministry of Health, Mental Health Reform Strategy, Women’s Health Bureau


Consultant, Metropolitan Special Committee on Child Abuse


Program Director, National Eating Disorder Information Centre, National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

1985

Honours B.A. in History, Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude Thesis – Fashion, Feminism, and Conflict: The Politics of Dress Reform from 1850 to 1914