Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger has named Carol Becker as the new dean of the School of the Arts. Becker is currently dean of faculty and senior vice-president
for academic affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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"Carol brings not only a wealth of leadership experience but also an extraordinary dedication to fostering artistic creativity and to enhancing the role of the arts, and the artist, in society," Bollinger said. "As a writer, a cultural critic, and an educator, she will help the arts excel at Columbia and in New York City."
Before joining the School of the Art Institute as an
assistant professor nearly three decades ago, Carol taught at the
University of California, San Diego; San Diego State University;
Northeastern Illinois University; and Ionian University in Corfu.
She earned her B.A. from State University of New York at Buffalo
and her Ph.D. in English and American literature from University of
California, San Diego. She is the recipient of many awards.
With research interests that range from feminist theory, American
cultural history, and the education of artists, to South African
art and politics, she has published numerous articles and books
including: The Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change
(translated into seven languages); The Subversive Imagination:
Artists, Society, and Social Responsibility; Zones of Contention:
Essays on Art, Institutions, and Gender; and Surpassing the
Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing Politics of Art.
Bollinger also praised the stewardship of Acting Dean Dan Kleinman.
"The School of the Arts has thrived, including record-setting success at
this year's Sundance Film Festival for the film division," Bollinger said. "During
this transition period, Dan has supported Columbia's history of
exceptional art students and helped to integrate the school more
deeply within the larger University. We thank him for his service
and are glad that he will remain a key colleague on our
extraordinarily talented faculty. I also want to thank the search committee, led by Alan Brinkley and
Nick Dirks, for its outstanding work in identifying a fine group of
Published: June 04, 2007
Jun 06, 2007