Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Search has begun for dean of Art & Design

Provost Phil Hanlon has named a search advisory committee for the dean of the School of Art & Design. James Cogswell, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Art, will chair the committee that has been charged with conducting a broad search and presenting a slate of recommended candidates by the end of the fall semester.

Other members of the committee, who are from the School of Art & Design unless otherwise indicated, are:

• David Chung, associate professor of art and design, and core faculty member, Center for Korean Studies

• Heidi Kumao, associate professor of art

• Mahendra Kumar, chief administrative officer

• John Marshall, assistant professor of art and design, and assistant professor of architecture and urban planning, Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning

• David Munson Jr., Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, College of Engineering

• Cynthia Pachikara, associate professor of art and design, and associate professor of architecture and urban planning, Taubman College

• Marianetta Porter, professor of art, and adjunct associate professor of humanities, LSA Lloyd Hall Scholars Program

• Meghan Reynard, Master of Fine Arts student and graduate student instructor

• Joseph Rosa, director, U-M Museum of Art

• Matthew Shlian, lecturer I in art and design, and lecturer I in the LSA Lloyd Hall Scholars Program

• Hannah Smotrich, associate professor of art and design

• Peter Sparling, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Dance, School of Music, Theatre & Dance

• Elona Van Gent, associate professor of art

• Elizabeth Youngblood, alumna

• Kristen Zelenka, undergraduate student

In a February email to faculty and staff at the school, Hanlon wrote that current dean Bryan Rogers will step down June 30, 2012, after 12 years of service.

“During Dean Rogers’ tenure, the reach and influence of the School of Art & Design have steadily grown on campus and beyond,” Hanlon wrote. “Starting with the implementation of a new curriculum, Dean Rogers has led the way to establishing a new undergraduate program, dual degree programs, joint faculty appointments, new exhibitions spaces on campus and in Detroit, distinguished visitors programs, international experience for graduate and undergraduate students, and studio facilities for faculty and graduate students. Emphasizing that public engagement is central to the practice of art and design, Dean Rogers has brought fresh energy to all the school’s outreach efforts.”

To recommend candidates or ask questions of the committee members, send an email to SoAD.dean.search@umich.edu. For more information on the school, go to www.art-design.umich.edu/about.