New Faculty Join CCAD’s Creative Community

July 5th, 2011 by CCAD News
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In addition to welcoming new and returning students to campus, the CCAD Family will be joined this fall by six new faculty members. The new appointments are: Shannon Benine to the Media Arts division; Carla Cesare and Kimberly Landsbergen to the Liberal Arts department; Matthew Mohr to the Visual Communications division; and Greg Thune to the Industrial and Interior Design division.

“CCAD is thrilled to expand its creative community with its recent hires,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Kevin Conlon.  “A focused and strategic hiring process that concluded this spring has netted the college our first choices in each search.  We’re extremely proud that CCAD is attracting this caliber of faculty. Quality attracts quality, and going forward, it’s going to be exciting to see the academic programs resonate with the diverse expertise of these new hires’ experience.”

Conlon added that he is grateful for the search committees for their hard work and diligence in the hiring process. “CCAD students will benefit from their efforts to hire the very best,” he said.

Benine received her MFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA in Photography from the University of Washington. She will be an assistant professor in Media Arts.

Cesare is completing her Ph.D. in Art History this summer at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, and holds a MA in the History of Decorative Arts and Design from Parsons: The New School for Design and a BA in International Business from Marymount College.  She joins the Liberal Arts department as an assistant professor.

Landsbergen holds a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from the University of Washington, an MS in Ecology from Duke University and a BA in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Memphis. She will be joining the regular faculty as Associate Professor for Cross Disciplinary Studies and Sustainability Research. Her office will be in Liberal Arts, but she is charged with helping faculty to integrate science and sustainability throughout the curriculum.

Mohr holds an MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons: The New School for Design and a BFA in Graphic Design from Bowling Green State University. He will serve as an assistant professor in the Visual Communications division.

Thune holds a bachelor degree in Industrial Design (BID) from Auburn University. In his more than 20 years as an industrial designer, he has completed consumer, medical, industrials, and houseware products. Thune will serve as an instructor in the Industrial and Interior Design division. Learn more about Thune on his website.

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