Fall 2009 / Spring 2010 Academic Affairs Newsletter

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Dear faculty,

We begin this academic year with a lot of optimism and excitement about new initiatives in education as well as the opportunities to address some longstanding issues at CCA that faculty and staff have identified. With your help, I’m confident we continue to make significant improvements to our educational programs and operations this year.

Associate provost Melanie Corn and I held a three-day off-site early in the summer dedicated to addressing key problems and developing new directions for our educational programs. The directors, associate and assistant directors, as well as others who had comprised the “group of seven” that met last summer, got together for three long days that included presentations from each of the directors. President Stephen Beal also held a retreat for the Senior Cabinet where each department articulated its goal for the upcoming year. Finally, in mid-August we held a second off-site with the directors and assistant/associate directors to develop goals for this academic year by division.

I hope to have the opportunity to meet with many of you personally in different meetings and venues, but in the meantime let me outline just a few of the goals we’ve set for academic affairs this year.

Service Learning
We’ll begin phase one of a comprehensive service learning program that expresses our fundamental identity and achieves recognition for the college as an innovator in education. Housed in the Center for Art and Public Life under the direction of Sanjit Sethi, CCA’s service learning initiative (we still don’t have a name—suggestions appreciated) is project–based pedagogy with the added component of service to the community. Projects will be co-designed between community partners and CCA educators and embedded in the curriculum in order to realize and enrich the learning outcomes of our classes and studios. CAPL will initiate, manage and document all service learning projects. Our goal is to launch 7–10 projects in spring term, 2010, and we really need faculty ideas for new partners.

Sponsored Studios and Intellectual Property
Working with key program chairs and directors, we’ve almost completed a comprehensive IP policy that includes all forms of collaboration with external partners, internal ownership and fair use policies for faculty and students, and all contracts, waivers and other legal forms. We’ll also define the processes and policies for initiating and conducting sponsored studios, including educational objectives, disbursement of funds, role of faculty, etc.

First Year Program
Working with directors and program chairs, KC Rosenberg has established a task force to develop a new First Year Program that retains the interdisciplinary, experimental and concept-driven philosophy of the current program but adds the opportunity to build discipline-specific skill and knowledge that has been a longtime goal of our Architecture and Design programs.

Visibility and Recruitment
In support of the Communications and ESO departments, I’d really like your help in enhancing CCA’s visibility and brand recognition through events, PR stories, partnerships and competitions. I’ll be leveraging Icsid’s international network in my travels for the primary goal of international recruitment. Chris Bliss and I will co-chair a new committee to make improvements to our web site; at the same time, Sheri McKenzie and I will lead a task force to study new opportunities in recruitment and enrollment.

Faculty Handbook
Working with the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, Human Resources and other departments at the college, this year we hope to finally complete the new edition of the faculty handbook.

Certificate Program, Design Strategy
Plan the certificate program for potential launch in spring 2010, with an initial cohort goal of 12-15.

Assessment and Accreditation
Complete the second year of our six-year program and learning outcome review cycle with reviews of our general education Humanities & Sciences requirements and the college-wide learning outcome, interdisciplinarity. Develop a long-range plan to meet the recommendations of NASAD and WASC laid out in their 2009 action letters.

Lead the President’s Diversity Steering Group to prioritize and begin implementation of initiatives for three diversity goals of increasing faculty, staff, and students of color; increasing diversity in the curriculum; and improving the campus climate for a diverse community. Specific initiatives include conducting an audit of diversity in the major curricula; organizing a small series of diversity events for the 2009-2010 academic year, including an Oliver Gallery exhibition in October; and improving recruitment of faculty of color.


Chair, Industrial Design
Yves Béhar will continue to play an active role at the college in creating new educational partners for the Design programs.

Chair, Graphic Design
The new chair will be asked to strengthen the program’s offerings in interactive and web design as well as motion graphics and to envision a new communications design graduate program. This program has considerable growth potential for undergraduate and graduate levels alike.

Research and Development

Craft Programs
These programs are a significant part of our legacy and also an important future asset at a time when craft, materiality and sustainability, regional and indigenous art and design, and traditional art and design pedagogies are experiencing a resurgence around the world. Our goal is to develop a plan to increase the visibility and interest in these programs such that CCA is the leading voice in this resurgence.

School Partners
Research is underway leading toward a consortium of strategically selected international schools with which CCA would develop deep partnerships through collaborative projects and faculty exchange.

Humanities and Sciences
The H&S division has started research and development of a new taxonomy that would clarify their mission and objectives in better alignment with program goals in the “horizontal” aspect of their curriculum. Content changes in 2009–10 include an emphasis on writing and, pending the NSF grant, the development of a stronger curriculum in science and sustainability.

Interdisciplinary Programs: UDIS, Diversity Studies, Eco-stream
This year we will continue discussions on improving the educational value of the interdisciplinary programs, including how they should function, what counts, who develops curricula, oversight and assessment.

Center for Excellence in Teaching
Investigate the development of a Center for Excellence in Teaching; expand our program of pedagogy workshops; and, devote resources to faculty development, specifically geared toward improving teaching.

Faculty Changes and Additions:

Before addressing the many additions to our faculty, I would like to take a moment to remember professor emeritus Arthur Okamura, who passed away in July. A master teacher, he inspired generations of artists with his impassioned commitment to his work. Although retired, he taught a weekly art class at the New School at Commonweal, a health and environmental research institute in Bolinas, and was working on a series of paintings at the time of his death. His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. Arthur taught at CCA for 31 years and was an integral member of the CCA community. He will truly be missed.

One of CCA’s greatest assets is its outstanding faculty body; nothing contributes more to the college’s identity, excellence, and national visibility. Last year we completed a number of national and regional searches for ranked faculty. These searches are very labor and resource intensive, and I would like to thank those who served on faculty search committees. Please join me in welcoming your new colleagues, congratulating the advancement of old friends, and offering good wishes to those moving on.

Promotions to Rank:

Sincere congratulations to James Gobel and Tina Takemoto who were awarded tenure, and to Arthur Gonzalez, our newest full professor!

New Ranked Tenure Track Hires

Amy Campos
Amy joins the faculty of the Interior Design Program from Pratt Institute, where she has taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Amy holds a Masters of Science in Advanced Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis O'Bisbo. A LEED accredited professional since 2004, Amy’s work focuses on “inventive usage of common materials and sustainable design”. She has most recently worked as a designer with Atema Architecture in New York and Brian Healy Architects in Boston.

Jessica Ingram
Holding an MFA in Photography from CCA and a BFA in Photography and Political Science from New York University, Jessica joins the Photography Program this fall. Most recently Jessica taught at NYU’s Tisch School of Design and at Parsons the New School for Design. Jessica’s current professional work focuses on people and community, and the Civil Rights Movement. She is currently serving as managing editor of PixelPress magazine and has spent many years developing and leading community based art programs.

Jason Johnson
Jason joins the Architecture faculty of CCA from the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Holding a MArch from Princeton University and a BArch from the University of Virginia, Jason’s practice is rooted in “pushing the boundaries of architecture and exploring how design can become a catalyst for social and ecological change.” Jason is a founding partner of Future Cities Lab and has been awarded the Oberdick Fellowship at the University of Michigan and the New York Prize Fellowship at the Van Alen Institute in New York.

Maxwell Leung
Most recently teaching as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and American Studies at Grinnell College, Maxwell joins CCA’s Critical Studies Program in fall of 2009. Maxwell holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University and a BA and MA from San Francisco State University. Currently preparing his dissertation “Governmentalizing Hate: Theorizing State Power and the Regulation of Difference” for publication, Maxwell has also served as the interim codirector for the American Cultures program of Loyola Marymount University and as the graduate student representative to the National Association for Asian American Studies.

New Ranked, Nontenure Hires

Peter Anderson
Peter Anderson has been teaching at CCA as an adjunct professor since 2004, and will be joining the ranked faculty of the Architecture Program as associate professor nontenure this fall. The founding partner and President of Anderson Anderson Architecture, Peter is an active board member with Urban Water Studio, the Center for International Trade in Forest Products, and holds a Fellowship with the American Institute of Architects. Peter is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Visiting Faculty

Nataly Gattegno
Nataly Gattegno is a founding partner of Future Cities Lab, an interdisciplinary design and research collaborative that was awarded second prize in the 2005 Seoul Performing Arts International Competition. Nataly received the AIA Medal and the Certificate of Merit from Princeton University and the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize for design research.

Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper returns to CCA as our fall 2009 Wornick Visiting Distinguished Professor of Wood Arts. Michael holds an MFA in Sculpture from UC Berkeley, and an MA (Sculpture) and BA (Commercial Art) from San Jose State University. A frequent jurist for Artistry in Wood, Sonoma County Woodworkers’ Association; Michael has extensively exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Jon Meyer
Critical Studies
Founder and president of Lowly, LLC, a software consultancy and design company, Jon Meyer will be joining CCA as visiting faculty in the Critical Studies, Film, and Graduate Design programs. Jon has taught at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design and NYU’s Tisch Department of Photography. Jon holds an MFA from Goldsmith’s College in London, a MS from New York University,

Jeffrey Gibson
Graduate Fine Arts
Jeffrey Gibson’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in both group and solo settings. A painter and installation artist who creates fantastical landscapes using layers of intensely colored marks, glossy and transparent pours, and his signature pigmented silicone. Jeffrey is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Royal College of Art.

Bret Parker
Holding a BA in English/Performance from Oberlin College and an MFA in Performing Arts from the European Dance Development Center, Bret Parker began working as a production assistant at Pixar Animation Studio in 1996, where she quickly realized that not only did she love animation but also it related to her dance/theater background. Her first official job as an animator was doing fix animation on A Bug's Life. Almost 13 years later Bret is still working at Pixar and has animated on almost every film.

Daniel Alarcon
Graduate Writing
Daniel Alarcón is the associate editor of Etiqueta Negra, an award-winning magazine published in his native Lima, Peru, featuring histories, chronicles, profiles, essays, and stories. Alarcón has authored such works of fiction as Lost City Radio (PEN USA Award 2008), El rey siempre está por encima del pueblo, a story collection published in Mexico, and others. He has won numerous literary prizes, including a Whiting Award, a National Magazine Award, and Guggenheim and Lannan fellowships.

J. Morgan Puett
Graduate Fine Arts
J. Morgan Puett is engaged in a broad spectrum of activities involving everything from food, workshops, and interiors to sculpture, painting, and installation art. Her many projects have included the creation of experimental nurses' uniforms and the design of seasonal fashion collections that draw from early American textiles, vintage photography, turn-of-the-century erotica, and the Depression era. Puett holds an MFA and BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and was recently awarded a Smithsonian Institute Artist Research Fellowship.

Al Young
Graduate Writing
Al Young grew up in villages and small towns of the rural South, as well as in urban, industrial Detroit. His many books include novels, collections of poetry, essays, memoirs, and anthologies. His work has appeared in Paris Review, Ploughshares, Essence, the New York Times, Chicago Review, Seattle Review, Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz & Literature, Chelsea, Rolling Stone, Gathering of the Tribes, the Norton Anthology of African American Literature, and the Oxford Anthology of African American Literature. Young has taught poetry, fiction writing, and American literature at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, the University of Washington, the University of Michigan, San Jose State University. In 2005 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him Poet Laureate of California.


At the conclusion of the 2008–9 academic year, Hank Dunlop retired after teaching in the Interior Design Program at CCA for 31 years. We wish him well in all future endeavors!

Finally, I would like to thank Emily McVarish for her service as chair of the Appointment Promotions and Tenure committee (APT), and Mie Preckler for her service as chair of the Curriculum Committee (CC). And, I would like to welcome Mark Fox as the new chair of APT and David Gissen as the new chair of CC.

I know I join you all in great anticipation of what will doubtless be a productive and exciting year at CCA.

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