Three Candidates Bid to Become New CVATD Dean

dean search Board members have conducted a nation-wide search in efforts of appointing a new Dean for the Florida State University College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance. During this grueling search, numerous candidates with noteworthy accomplishments and extensive experience have had the chance to make convincing proposals demonstrating their capability of leading the University’s already distinguished College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance. Presently, key board members, faculty and staff have successfully narrowed down the choices to three qualified candidates, David Krasner; Kristin Sosnowsky; and Andrew Jay Svedlow, Ph.D.

View the official Florida State University Dean Search for the College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance.

Documents

Read David Krasner’s full, official documentation, including a cover letter with references, vitae, and a schedule of his campus visit interview.

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Biography

In a letter of application for the position of the Dean of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, Krasner wrote: “To undertake the role of Dean at a school of FSU’s stature requires someone with multiple skills, imagination, talent, experience, expertise, and passion. I have these attributes and believe I am qualified for this position for several reasons: I have been Dean, Director, or Head of four undergraduate and graduate programs since 1995: Dean of the School of the Arts at Dean College (2012 – to the present); Head of Acting at Emerson College (2007 to 2012); Director of Undergraduate Theatre Studies at Yale University (1997-2003); and Head of the Graduate Directing Program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (1995-1997). In every instance I have shaped, improved, and engineered dynamic arts programs. I have been a teacher of acting, directing, dramatic theory and criticism, dramatic literature, theatre history, and African American theatre history and drama since 1978. I have twice received the Errol Hill Award from the American Society for Theatre Research for the best book on African American theatre history; and received the 2008 Betty Jean Jones Award from the American Theatre and Drama Society as the best teacher of American theatre.”

Education

  • (1974) B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University
    • Student of Jewel Walker, Edith Skinner, Israel Hicks, B. H. Barry, John Pasquin, Larry Carra, Leon Katz, James Rosenberg, Moshe Feldenkrais, Morty Lawner, Earle Gister
  • (1990) M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • (1996) Ph. D., Tufts University

Experience

  • (2012 – present) Dean of the School of the Arts, Dean College, Franklin MA
  • (2007 – 2012) Associate Professor, Head of Acting, Emerson College
  • (1997-2007), Associate Prof. (Adj.) – English, Theater Studies, African American Studies Director of Undergraduate Theater Studies (1997-2003) Yale University
  • (Fall, 2004), Tufts University, Graduate Seminar in African American Theatre (History, Drama, Criticism, and Performance)
  • (1995-1997) Assistant Professor of Theater Head, MFA Directing Program Theater Arts Department Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL 62901
  • (1993-1995) Assistant Professor of Theatre Theatre Arts Department University of Idaho Moscow, ID 83843
  • (1978-1987) Instructor American Academy of Dramatic Arts 120 Madison Ave., NY 10016Teaching acting (beginning and advanced, voice, speech, movement, Feldenkrais & Alexander Technique)

Documents

Read Kristin Sosnowsky’s full, official documentation, which includes a cover letter with references, vitae, and a schedule of her campus visit interview. Cover letter of Kristin Sosnowsky

Biography

In a letter of application for the position of the Dean of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, Sosnowsky wrote:As a trained arts administrator, I have been fortunate to work professionally with both theatre and dance organizations and in my teaching experience I find that the integration of students from multiple disciplines including visual art, dance, music and theatre provides the most dynamic educational environment. Also of particular interest to me is the connection between the College and both on‐campus and off‐campus professional organizations such as the Florida State Museum of Fine Arts and John and Mable Ringling Center for the Arts. It is this connection between the academic unit, the field and the community where my own work at Louisiana State University began and it is an element which I continue to be passionate about. My current responsibilities include serving as Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Operations of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts which houses both the Department of Theatre and the School of Music; Chair of Theatre; and Managing Director of Swine Palace, a full‐time professional Equity theatre company affiliated with the Department. During my tenure at LSU, I have been fortunate to work in a vibrant, growing College with talented and committed colleagues on University, community and international initiatives.

Education

  • (1997) Master of Fine Arts, Theater Management, YALE School of Drama Awarded Morris Kaplan Prize
  • (1988) Bachelor of Arts, Communication, University of Delaware
  • Experience

    • (2001 – present) Louisiana State University
      • (2012 – present) Senior Associate Dean /  (2012 – 2012) Associate Dean for Finance and Operations, College of Music and Dramatic Arts
      • (2012 – present) Chair / (2010 – 2012) Interim Chair / (2007-2010) Associate Chair, Department of Theatre; (2009-present) Associate Professor / (2004-2009) Assistant Professor (2001 – present) Swine Palace, Managing Director

    Documents

    Read Andrew Jay Svedlow’s full, official documentation, including a cover letter, vitae, and a schedule of his campus visit interview. Andrew Jay Svedlow (thumbnail)

    Biography

    In a letter of application for the position of the Dean of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, Svedlow wrote:“I am presently a Professor of Art in the School of Art and Design and as of June 30th of this year I was the Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Northern Colorado and formerly Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University. Prior to my work as a University Dean these past twelve years, I was President of the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Assistant Director of the Museum of the City of New York. Through these positions and previous work experience, I have become highly familiar with the governance, fiscal, personnel, communications, curriculum, development, and facilities management issues necessary to the administration of a visible and high quality college of the arts. Hallmarks of my work have been my ability to facilitate a deep sense of commitment to a shared strategic plan and vision, an open and collegial atmosphere of communication, and a resolve to place the institution and its programs in a high profile within its various communities.”

    Education

  • (1985) Ph.D., Art Education, The Pennsylvania State University Ph.D. in Art Education with a research focus on phenomenology and the visual arts, 1983-1985.  Dissertation: The Ascent of a Painter: Phenomenology of an Art Act. Advisor: Dr. Kenneth R. Beittel.  Minor Fields:  Philosophy, Developmental Education, and Japanese.  Editorial staff of The Museologist, organizer of graduate symposium, Earth Reveries.
  • (1982) M.S., Education, Bank Street College of Education
  • (1977) B.A., Fine Arts, George Washington University, Corcoran School of Art Minor Field:  Asian Studies
  • (1974) Asian Studies, Dickinson College, Completed one year before transferring.
  • (1973) Asian art and languages, Chinese University of Hong Kong Also studied at Kansai Seminar Center, Kyoto, Japan and East/West Center, University of Hawaii.
  • (1978) Course work in textile design, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City
  • Experience

    • (2012 – present) Professor of Art, School of Art and Design, University of Northern Colorado
    • (2005 – 2012) Dean, College of Performing and Visual Arts, University of Northern Colorado
    • (2000 – 2005) Dean / Professor of Art and Design, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop University
    • (1993 – 2000), President, New Hampshire Institute of Art
    • (1989 – 1993) Assistant Director for Programs, Museum of the City of New York
    • (1989 – 1990) Executive Director, Whistler House Museum of Art
    • (1986 – 1989) Director, Mulvane Art Museum
    • (1985 – 1986) Visiting Lecturer, Southeastern Massachusetts University (now known as the University of Massachusetts at South Dartmouth)
    • (1983 – 1985) Instructor, Department of Art Education, The Pennsylvania State University
    • (1984) Visiting Associate Professor, The University of Southern Mississippi
    • (1981 – 1983) Coordinator of Educational Services, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Design
    • (1979 – 1981) Curator of Education, The Bruce Museum