Melanie Corn is the provost (senior vice president of Academic Affairs) for California College of the Arts. Dr. Corn has been at CCA for over eleven years where she has served as associate dean of undergraduate studies, interim provost, associate provost, and provost. As chief academic officer, Melanie oversees the faculty, curriculum, and the strategic academic vision for the college. In recent years, she has worked to strengthen faculty development and governance, champion diversity efforts at the college, improve academic assessment efforts, and lead the implementation of new degree programs that take advantage of CCA’s home in a major center of cultural and social innovation. Dr. Corn does occasional workshops, committee work, and site visits for accrediting bodies such as Western Association of Schools and Colleges and National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Melanie teaches in the Critical Studies, Visual and Critical Studies (MA), and Visual Studies programs at CCA. Her academic and pedagogic work combines interests in contemporary visual culture and theories of gender and sexuality, and her graduate art history work focused on the visual crisis of the AIDS epidemic. She received her BA in Art History from Stanford University, her MA in Art History from University of California Santa Barbara where she also completed doctoral coursework and exams, and her EdD in Higher Education Management from University of Pennsylvania.
Faculty, Critical Studies