CCAD Creates New Dean of Faculty Position

September 27th, 2011 by Katlin McNally
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Char Norman, Dean of Faculty

CCAD staff member Char Norman has taken on a new appointment as the CCAD dean of faculty.

Norman has worked full time with CCAD since 1998 in roles that include director of continuing education, interim vice president of academic affairs, and associate provost.

During her tenure, Norman has created new opportunities by expanding the college’s extracurricular and continuing education programming, which includes everything from workshops for art and design professionals to international study opportunities.

Her new position focuses her experience and skills in a direction where she will be able to chart a new path for CCAD and its faculty.

“This is the first time this position has existed at CCAD and I look forward to becoming an advocate for the faculty, being their resource, and ensuring accountability,” Norman said.

The position will have an impact internally and externally. Faculty members will gain greater opportunities by working on partnerships both nationally and internationally within the artistic community.

The position was created based in large measure on the feedback provided at CCAD’s 2011 Academic Leadership Retreat, Many Voices: Forging Excellence and Sustainability. Conversation at the retreat indicated the need for additional support for faculty at the college.

“I see her role as a critical one that will provide support of teaching professionals, development of their pedagogy and engagement in a community of practice, and help for them to set their own standards for faculty excellence through hiring, evaluation, development, and review,” said Kevin Conlon, vice president of academic affairs.

“Through the conversations I have had with Char there is one consistent theme of her being thoroughly engaged with the institution and its faculty, their efforts, and their needs,” Conlon added.

Norman is viewed as a peer among faculty members and an appropriate representative for them.  Her appointment not only will mean a transformation in faculty relations but also will translate into a stronger presence for the college’s faculty within a broad community of practicing professionals and peer institutions.

“Not only do I have this knowledge of higher education and assessment, but I am also a professional artist and in the trenches along with them,” Norman said.

Norman holds a BA from Scripps College and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University. She is an accomplished artist specializing in fiber sculpture and papermaking, and she has an extensive national and international record of teaching and exhibitions.

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