Academic Structure

Building on the community-wide conversations and recommendations of the strategic planning process, the Academic Structure Group will explore ways to enhance interdisciplinarity in the educational mission of the School. It will assess our academic program to both establish a coherent vision for our academic offerings and respond to our enrollment decline. The group will:

  • Assess the organization of our academic departments and programs, keeping our core values and educational mission at the forefront of its work
  • Explore opportunities for new interdisciplinary programs, synergies, and structures through new combinations of intellectual and creative practices that build on existing faculty expertise
  • Consider areas where the School might reduce in order to prioritize new initiatives and expand others

Academic Structure Process

This process is currently being reviewed by the Academic Steering Committee. We will update the site once it’s been approved. 

Academic Structure Timeline

  • Research and planning: spring and summer 2021 (as necessary)  
  • Initial recommendations: fall 2021

Academic Structure Membership

Chair: Shawn Michelle Smith

Lee Blalock
Assistant Professor, Art and Technology Studies
FBS Curriculum Committee / Assessment Steering Committee / Department Heads

jonCates
Associate Professor, Film, Video, New Media, and Animation 
Chair of Faculty / Dean’s Cabinet / Part-Time Concerns / Fiscal Affairs / Academic Steering Committee / Handbook Committee / School Climate Committee / Department Heads

Delinda Collier
Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor, Art History, Theory, and Criticism
President’s Cabinet / Dean’s Cabinet / ARC Co-Chair / FBS Curriculum Committee / Department Heads

Paul Jackson
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Dean’s Cabinet / FBS Curriculum Committee / Department Heads / ARC Curriculum and Resource Share Subcommittee

Rebecca Keller
Professor, Adjunct, Art History, Theory, and Criticism
FBS Adjunct Senator / FBS Curriculum Committee / Part-Time Concerns / Handbook Committee / Department Heads / ARC Climate and Accountability Subcommittee

Kristi McGuire
Professor, Adjunct, Visual and Critical Studies
FBS Adjunct Senator / Part-Time Concerns / Fiscal Affairs / Library and Special Collections Committee / Department Heads

Dwayne Moser
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies 
Dean’s Cabinet / Co-Chair of FBS Curriculum Committee / Department Heads / ARC Curriculum and Resource Share Subcommittee

Jefferson Pinder
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Academic Affairs and Professor, Contemporary Practices / President’s Cabinet / Dean’s Cabinet / ARC Co-Chair / Fiscal Affairs / FBS Curriculum Committee / Workplace Accessibility and Accommodations Committee / Department Heads

Katrin Schnabl
Associate Professor and Chair, Fashion Design
Co-Chair of FBS Fiscal Affairs Committee / Department Heads

Gretchen Talbot
Dean of Administration, Budget and Planning 

Lisa Vinebaum 
Chair, Associate Professor, Fiber and Material Studies / Co-Chair of FBS Curriculum Committee / Department Heads

Andrew Yang
Associate Professor, Liberal Arts
FBS Chair / Part-Time Concerns / Fiscal Affairs / Academic Steering Committee / Handbook Committee / School Climate Committee / Department Heads