A Message from the Dean: April 12, 2022Dean Laurence Kaptain | College of Arts & Media Apr 12, 2022
April 12, 2022
To: CAM Faculty and Staff
From: Larry Kaptain, Dean
Re: Deans’ Message to Faculty and Staff
- The Outstanding Faculty Awards have been announced, and here are the three selectees from CAM. Please join me in congratulating them!
Excellence in Research and Creative Work – Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty: Yang Wang, PhD, Art History
Excellence in Teaching – Instructional/Research/Clinical Faculty (two campus winners): Jeremy Brown, 3D Graphics & Animation
Excellence in Teaching – Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty: Jeffrey Schrader, PhD, Art History
- This note is being composed in Singapore, where we have an advance team––led by Associate Dean Mark Rabideau, and joined by Denise Larson, Amanda Barrell, and Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray, OIA’s Director of Global Education––firming up plans for ArtsHub Asia Semester Abroad—Singapore Fall ’22, and Malaysia Spring, ’23. Several students that I have met with have told me that they are leaving CAM for a term to do a semester abroad at another institution. Many parents I speak with send their students to CAM expecting an international experience. The short-term CAM Study Abroad Programs are very specialized, plentiful, and of high quality. The short-term and semester long programs are complimentary and not competing.
- Alana Jones (Executive Director of OIA) and I visited each unit to gather feedback on a CAM Semester Abroad. OIA has been very supportive of this.
- Here are 19 citations of scholarship and research tells us that: “With the rise of new technologies and the growth of national art markets, cultural production shifted from the studio to the corporation—from a craft orientation to a well-organized, professional, and diﬀerentiated system of work (Adorno & Horkheimer, 1944; H. S. Becker, 1984; Negus, 2004; Tepper & Ivey, 2008). Howard Becker (1984) describes late-20th-century art worlds as highly specialized, where individuals with speciﬁc talents and technical abilities work collaboratively to produce ﬁlms, music, advertising, or ﬁne art exhibits. A glance at the rolling credits at the end of a movie reveals the highly diﬀerentiated nature of many art worlds today.While specialization continues to be the norm in some artistic ﬁelds, the overall pattern, many argue, is toward generalization, ﬂexibility, and broad competencies, rather than discipline-speciﬁc skills (Ellmeier, 2003; Iyengar, 2013). Careers have been described as protean, requiring artists to shift and adapt to diverse opportunities and to work in multiple roles (D. T. Hall, 2004; Inkson, 2006). Others describe these new labor market trends with the term portfolio careers (Bridgstock, 2005; Throsby & Zednik, 2011). Success increasingly requires meta-competencies such as broad creative skills, commercial acumen, and the ability to work across multiple media platforms (A. L. Bain & McLean, 2013; Bridgstock, 2011; Haukka, 2011; McRobbie, 2004b; Mietzner & Kamprath, 2013). Pinheiro and Dowd (2009) and Dowd and Pinheiro (2013), for Today, interdisciplinary degrees and majors are some of the most popular courses of study for art students (Fendrich, 2005).”Lingo, E. L., & Tepper, S. J. (2013). Looking Back, Looking Forward: Arts-Based Careers and Creative Work. Work and Occupations, 40(4), 337–363. https://doi.org/10.1177/0730888413505229
- Why Asia? As Asia defines the next century, our students and faculty need to be there. Here’s why (link).