Acedemic Affairs Newsletter: Fall 2012-Spring 2013

Fall 2012-Spring 2013

Dear Faculty and Friends of CCA,

Though I have been at CCA for almost 10 years, I am just beginning my tenure as Provost, and I want to begin by thanking all of the faculty and staff members who have provided me warm welcomes, advice, and opportunities to discuss what lies ahead for the college.

As we begin a new academic year, it is impossible to ignore the challenges that are facing the nation’s higher education system.

Yet, despite tough economic times, tightening regulation, and some legitimate (and some hyperbolic) concern about the value of a college degree, CCA continues to succeed with a leadership and faculty committed to the mission of the college and our students’ achievement.

This success has contributed to higher-than-ever retention rates, and you should all be congratulated for your part in helping the college achieve this milestone.

This fall’s newsletter includes an overview of some of Academic Affairs goals for this year as well as information about new faculty hires and appointments.

Administrative Structure

This summer a number of moves provided an opportunity to revise the administrative structure of Academic Affairs. Soon we will begin a national search for a new associate provost, whose duties will include oversight of interdisciplinary and collegewide curriculum and faculty development, among other areas dependent upon the background and skills of the candidate.

In June I also had the pleasure of appointing Lisa Stoneman to the new position of director of academic administration. Lisa will oversee academic operations, procedures, and policies. In addition, I want to thank Assistant Director of Humanities & Sciences Dominick Tracy for taking over as our WASC accreditation liaison officer. And, finally, I’d like to congratulate Julie Caffey and Pam Zahedani on their new roles as assistant directors of fine arts and design, respectively.

Please take a moment to review the Academic Affairs section on the website; the pages were overhauled this summer and contain a plethora of vital information. Among these many resources is a distribution of responsibilities of who does what within Academic Affairs.

This year, as we complete the hiring of an associate provost, we will also solidify the distribution of responsibilities within the office.

We also welcome changes in the leadership of 12 of our academic programs:

Mark Donohue, chair, Architecture (BArch)
Arthur Gonzalez, interim chair, Ceramics
Brook Hinton, interim chair, Film (undergraduate)
Pamina Traylor, interim chair, Glass
Linda Geary, chair, Painting/Drawing
James Gobel, assistant chair, Painting/Drawing
Jessica Ingram, interim chair, Photography
Deborah Valoma, chair, Textiles
Leslie Carol Roberts, interim chair, Graduate Design
Maria Porges, interim chair, Graduate Fine Arts
Aimee Phan, chair, Graduate Writing (also chair of the undergraduate Writing and Literature Program)

I would like to offer a special welcome to Cathrine Veikos, chair, Interior Design, and Sandrine Lebas, chair, Industrial Design. Cathrine and Sandrine are joining the CCA community after national chair searches last year.

New Programs

As we continue to look at ways to grow and strengthen our community, we sometimes develop new academic programs that will extend our reach to different audiences, provide new opportunities for current students, and reinforce the mission and values of the college.

I’m thrilled to announce that we will launch three new master's degree programs in 2013:

MFA in Comics
This innovative low-residency MFA will begin summer 2013. The format will consist of three 4-week summer-intensive residencies with offsite mentored study in between. The program will combine the illustrative and written arts of comics, and will be geared toward students with some expertise in at least one of these areas.

Matt Silady has been appointed associate chair of the MFA Program in Writing and will develop and run this new program.

MFA in Film
This two-year MFA program will begin fall 2013. Rob Epstein and Brook Hinton are developing the program that will teach digital filmmaking with an emphasis on the 21st century filmmaker. In addition to a strong foundation in master’s-level film directing, production, and postproduction, the program will concentrate on giving students the tools to become a filmmaker who is able to work with new web-based and interactive platforms and formats.

Rethinking Current Programs

In addition to new program development, this year we will undertake the revising and reenergizing of a few existing programs. We will convene stakeholder and working groups to reenvision graduate studies in design, work with the new chair on rebranding and restructuring curriculum in Interior Design, and prepare to launch the new undergraduate humanities and sciences “gen ed” curriculum.

In addition, I will work with the directors and graduate chairs to strengthen and articulate shared graduatewide identity and goals.

Faculty Development & Community Building

One of my priorities for this year is to expand opportunities for faculty mentorship, development, and community. With the academic leadership, I am working on a series of new events for faculty including a new chair orientation, mentorship lunches for tenure-track faculty, and an orientation program pecha kucha and faculty week happy hour.

I would also like to work with faculty to begin a new program, First Thursdays: Faculty Conversations, where faculty come together before the San Francisco open gallery nights for casual gathering opportunities to explore new topics in art and design pedagogy and practice.

Faculty Searches

As part of our ongoing effort to increase CCA’s ranked faculty, this year we’re hoping to undertake three or four tenure-track searches as well as ranked, nontenure searches. At the time of this writing, we are discussing which disciplines and programs to target for tenure-track searches, and I encourage faculty members to participate in this conversation within their programs.

New Tenured Faculty

Congratulations to associate professors Kota Ezawa (Film), Lynda Grose (Fashion Design), Tirza Latimer (Visual Studies), and Aimee Phan (Writing and Literature), who were awarded tenure this past year.

All four faculty members are stellar members of the CCA community as well as their respective professional communities. (Stay tuned for an announcement about their tenure presentations later this year.)

New Tenure-Track Hires

Patricia Lange -- Assistant Professor, Critical Studies
Patricia G. Lange received her PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan. She studies technical identities, YouTube, new media, and online civic engagement.

She is a coauthor of the book, Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media, which analyzed findings from the MacArthur-funded Digital Youth and Informal Learning study.

Lange's work has been published in a variety of journals including Anthropology of Work Review, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Visual Communication, Discourse Studies, Games & Culture, Human Organization, Enculturation, and the Scholar and Feminist Online.

She is currently writing a new book, tentatively titled, Kids on YouTube: Technical Identities and Digital Literacies.

Viet Le -- Assistant Professor, Visual Studies
Viet Lê has exhibited his artwork internationally including the Banffe Center (Alberta, Canada); Dobaebasca Gallery (Seoul); Java Arts (Phnom Penh); and H Gallery (Bangkok). He curated Miss Saigon with the Wind (Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica); Charlie Don't Surf! (Centre A, Vancouver); Chains of Love: the Shadows of Empire (Oceanside Museum of Art).

He co-curated Humor Us with Leta Ming and Yong Soon Min (Los Angeles); transPOP: Korea Viet Nam Remix with Yong Soon Min (Seoul, Saigon, San Francisco); and the Kuandu Biennale (Taipei).

His work has been published in Amerasia journal, positions, Newsweek Asia, Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art: An Anthology, Crab OrchidReview, among others. He has coedited special issues of BOL ("Việt Nam and Us," 2008) and Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service Learning, and Community Literacy (2008).

Lê received fellowships from Fulbright Hays (Việt Nam), Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Italy), the Center for Khmer Studies (Cambodia), Fine Arts Work Center (United States), and Academia Sinica (Taipei).

Irene Cheng -- Assistant Professor, Architecture
Irene Cheng is an architectural historian, designer, and writer. Her current research explores the links between architectural geometry and radical politics in the 19-century United States.

Irene is a founding partner of Cheng + Snyder, a multidisciplinary design firm, and is the coeditor, with Bernard Tschumi, of The State of Architecture at the Beginning of the 21st Century.

She holds a BA from Harvard and an MArch from Columbia, where she is completing her PhD.

Mauricio Soto -- Assistant Professor, Architecture
Mauricio Soto’s architectural work focuses on building technologies. He received a degree in architecture from Universidad de Los Andes in Venezuela and his MArch from University of Michigan.

Most recently he served as an assistant professor of architecture at Universität Stuttgart in Germany as well as principal of Studio for Lightweight Design in Stuttgart.

New Ranked Nontenure Hires

Ed Bell -- Assistant Professor, Animation
Greg Lemon -- Assistant Professor, Animation
Jeremy Mende -- Associate Professor, Graphic Design
Indhira Rojas Sanchez -- Assistant Professor, Interaction Design
Paul Montgomery -- Associate Professor, Graduate Design
Jacqueline Francis -- Associate Professor, Visual & Critical Studies
Faith Adiele -- Associate Professor, Graduate Writing

Faculty Retirements

Finally, I would like to thank Sydney Carson, professor of Writing and Critical Studies since 1969, and Mary Snowden, professor of Painting since 1965. Congratulations to both these fantastic faculty members who retired last spring.

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

Melanie Corn

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