April 4, 2016
Dear Colleagues of the CAM Faculty and Staff
On April 1st, 2016 there was a vote of the faculty to determine the frequency for meetings. The vote was taken with an anonymous ballot (and those who could not come to the meeting sent Shannon confidential votes). The results were 27-1 to sustain the consensus decision that was reached last Spring by the faculty and affirmed by the Executive Committee, which is to have two full CAM faculty and staff meetings per semester. Some comments were heard, including a suggestion that the CAM faculty should meet. I will meet with any individual or group at any time. Shannon helps me with scheduling: email@example.com. Please do not hesitate to request time for individual meetings, small groups—or the entire faculty.
Thank you for the dialogue and participation in our democratic process, and the reaffirmation of openness and transparency that demonstrates how CAM concerns are addressed when they are heard. And thank you for continuing to support the success of our students – particularly as the semester (and year – for some) comes to a close. Please look at the blog that our students have contributed to on sponsored trips to Art Dubai, SXSW and a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit.
Let me give a vigorous and sincere shout out to the advisors as their schedules start to get busy with registration season. Stop and thank our advisors when you see them.
Brian DeLevie and Noelle DeLage are currently overseas in the Middle East on a recruiting, donor stewardship and CU Denver cultivation trip. The Middle East is a region that is rich in potential for student recruitment and investment in CAM. Michelle Carpenter also has recently made two trips to the Middle East.
Budgets for next year? Stand by. There is good news so far, as we have been allowed to search for a MEIS Chair, music history specialist, art history specialist and an enterprise/entrepreneurship specialist—so we are in an exciting time for CAM.
Please pass this link around—as it reaffirms the strength of our curriculum, programs and a bold and bright future for our graduates. Uncle Henry is Wrong.
Here is the link for the a2ru 2016 National Conference that will be hosted by CU Denver.
Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA Dean, College of Arts & Media
April 7, 2016
Good morning CAM faculty and staff,
As you may have read in the April 7, 2016 CU Connections the University of Colorado Board of Regents approved a non-base- building salary pool for eligible employees at CU Denver for fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016- June 30, 2017). This means that this will be a one-time raise.
Why a one-time raise and not a raise that is permanent? CU Denver did not hit our enrollment goals for the current academic year, and 85% of our budget comes from tuition. This is one reason that I have been reminding everyone of the critical importance of not just recruiting—but assuring an increase in yield (the students whom we can count as enrolled on the census date—about 2 weeks after the Fall semester begins) funds the budget that is set in advance of the academic year.
I encourage you to continue to discuss and consider how you and your role can strengthen our efforts to reach out to the 700+ admitted students to encourage them to look carefully at their college choice and consider the many benefits of attending CAM. We have members of our team focused on these efforts, but they cannot do it alone – we each have a critical role to play in ensuring that admitted students become enrolled students. Our outreach and engagement efforts have increased the number of admits by 61%, but we’ll need all of us – faculty and staff – to “close.”
Erin Hutchinson, CAM’s Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, is working with the budget and finance offices to gather information from central campus so the College of Arts & Media may determine how and when CAM’s share of the non-base-building, merit-based salary pool will be distributed to CAM faculty and staff. Merit-based salary pools must be approved by the Board of Regents and are based on the campus’s ability to fund a pool. Typically, salary pools are allocated at the discretion of the Dean and are based on merit scores earned during the preceding performance review cycle.
Stay tuned for more information and thank you for your hard work and dedication to the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Arts & Media.
Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA Dean, College of Arts & Media University of Colorado Denver
April 11, 2016
Dear CAM Faculty and Staff,
In my March 11th, 2016 message to all faculty and staff, I described some of the ways that Sam McGuire is helping out on the many duties of the Associate Dean. Within that message I listed some specific accountabilities Sam had taken on in a role that we are calling “faculty administrator.”
We have learned that Joann Brennan will be leaving her role as Associate Dean of CAM as of May 1, 2016, to assume the position of Associate Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs | CU South Denver University of Colorado on a full-time basis. Starting in the AY 2017, she will be teaching one photography course per year in VA. Let me make this clear that Joann’s tenured position at the level of Professor will remain in our college. This is the way that all tenured administrative leaders function at any institution—it is always with a “home” unit.
I wish to thank Joann Brennan for dedicated, selfless and sterling service to the College of Arts and Media for 18 years as an award winning artist/faculty member and 8 years as Associate Dean. To say that she has served CAM with distinction (in a very difficult and challenging position) would be an understatement. Thank you Joann.
Knowing that this (Joann’s move to CU South) might occur, I looked at the CAM By-Laws and started querying the Executive Committee about the suitability of a current faculty member to fill Joann’s role, should she change positions at CU Denver.
COLLEGE OF ARTS & MEDIA BYLAWS
Approved April 6, 2012
2. Associate or Assistant Dean(s):
a. Appointment is by the Dean of the college in consultation with the CAM Executive Committee. Term of the appointment of the Associate or Assistant Dean is indeterminate, and at will. Associate Deans and Assistant Deans are subject to yearly performance/merit reviews as Professional Exempt Administrative positions.
b. There shall be at least one Associate Dean of the college whose role and responsibilities will be determined by the Dean in relationship to program and college need. The Associate Dean will report to the Dean and assist, advise and support the Dean in the academic leadership of the college.
Since the March 11th, 2016 memo detailed the roles Sam had taken on, I’m asking him to step up to assume broader responsibilities throughout April and assume the title of Associate Dean on May 1st.
As stated in the CAM By Laws (adopted by the faculty in April 2012) regarding the appointment of an Associate Dean, “Appointment is by the Dean of the college in consultation with the CAM Executive Committee.” I have spoken with the members of the Executive Committee, as well as several CU Denver leaders—and there is a strong consensus that supports his taking on the role to “assist, advise and support the Dean in the academic leadership of the college.”
As always, I invite faculty, staff, and students to come and speak with me about this and all other matters of appointments, communications, organization, structure of the college and any other matters. I am fine with seeing people individually, with their Chairs or in small groups. Most of you know that Shannon Squires coordinates my calendar, and she may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So we are moving forward as change agents and this is continuing to be an exciting time for CAM and CU Denver.
Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA Dean, College of Arts & Media, University of Colorado Denver
It’s no secret that there are many misconceptions about careers in the arts. Some, like this commercial, are more prevalent than others. It seems that this television commercial furthers misperceptions about careers in the arts. The stereotype of the starving (or at least poor) art school attendee/grad (Dad at the wheel of the minivan)— is advanced through the mouths of babes who seem to be aware of an often-repeated storyline that, in reality, is baseless.
What do we know about the lives of arts graduates? Data from surveys administered by Indiana University’s Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) of over 100,000 alumni of arts programs tell us the following:
- Only 4% are currently unemployed and looking for work
- 74% of alumni, who intended to be professional artists, have done so
- 82% are satisfied with their ability to be creative in their work
- 90% say their overall experience in art school was either very good or excellent
- 76% would attend their institution again
- 87% are satisfied with their current jobs
- Only 3% of arts majors work in food services
Starving? Hardly. Satisfied with their lives/work? Seems so.
At CAM, we will be administering the SNAAP alumni survey for the first time in the Fall of 2016. We look forward to working with each of our departments to engage and encourage our alumni to participate.
Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
University of Colorado Denver
P.S. This short video informs us about the bright future of arts graduates:7
CAM Staff members (in the Dean’s Office, the Departments and other locations), Today is Administrative Professional’s Day. During World War II, there was an increased need for skilled administrative personnel, particularly in the United States. The National Secretaries Association was formed to recognize the contributions of secretaries and other administrative personnel to the economy, to support their personal development and to help attract people to administrative careers in the field. The association's name was changed to Professional Secretaries International in 1981 and, finally, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in 1998.
The Administrative Professionals in all offices of the College of Arts & Media attend to many essential tasks that support research/creative work, teaching, service, student support, fiscal management, human resource management, communications, development/advancement, technical support, upkeep/tracking of expensive equipment, procurement, travel, laboratory and studio support and other areas.
Our team of staff members helps us all to attract and retain talented students, achieve national rankings (in 3 areas), and support faculty attainment.
Thank you colleagues who work toward the quality and excellence that we take much pride in. Your work is noticed and appreciated.
Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
University of Colorado Denver
In our retreats and mission/values planning (Golden Circle), “Diversity of Voices” is part of the how of CAM. Diversity is a closely held value. That sure sounds good—but what does it mean? Let me share some of the steps we have taken as examples of a commitment to inclusion and diversity:
Recently, we’ve been strengthening our college by focusing on inclusive hiring practices:
- Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Brenda Allen met with the search committee for the MEIS Chair to assure that diversity would be a central principle of the search process. MEIS faculty were asked to nominate individuals to help assure a diverse pool of applications.
- Three recent additions to the faculty and staff have brought individuals who offer culturally diverse perspectives.
- The priority request from CAM for new faculty/staff (AY 2017) was a faculty position that would be for both teaching and Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. That request was not funded.
We’re being intentional and thoughtful to strengthen our current and future programming with strong themes of diversity:
- The CAM Diversity Council continues to meet, and recently completed a planning retreat. They will soon release recommendations.
- The deans of CAM and the College of Architecture and Planning are meeting with Brenda Allen to see how an event in 2017 might be planned to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and find ways to highlight how diversity and inclusion can be advanced by the common threads found in both Arts & Media and Architecture and Planning.
- CAM helped sponsor Michelle Norris (NPR Host and Special Correspondent, and Founder of the Race Card Project) who presented a speech at CU Denver on April 21, 2016.
- The 2016 Winter Convocation with John Hockenberry (host of The Takeaway) helped us advance our commitment to diversity and inclusion with regards to outreach. We featured a program and panel rich in ethnic diversity and gender, diversity of age and ability and diversity of experience and thought. Five CU Denver faculty, students and administrators were interviewed on The Takeaway and those interviews were released online and archived reaching millions of listeners. The Takeaway has attracted a more diverse audience, with African American listenership exceeding public radio averages by 60%.
We’ve taken some steps to start expanding/globalizing CAM’s curriculum to create a more diverse context for learning:
- MEIS is conducting a search for a tenure track music history position to specialize in non-western music. This is a hire that is rich in potential to help diversify the curriculum.
- VA just made a hire of non-western art historian with a specialization in Chinese Art.
Current Colorado demographics show that the population breakdown is 81% Caucasian; 20% Latino; 4% African America and 2% Asian. The Chronicle of Higher Education states that children born today in Colorado will grow up with these differentials in demographics:
- Caucasian -7.5%
- Hispanic +20%
- African America -8%
- And other +13%
How will our curriculum and faculty/staff hiring reflect the above statistics? What do our students see when they choose courses? A cursory look at the course titles and descriptions show that out of more than 1000 active CAM courses, 10 TFVP, 14 VA and three MEIS courses indicated global content in the titles and descriptions (what students use to search for courses). My challenge to CAM is to continue teaching quality classes that reflect diversity and inclusion—and add courses that provide value to our programming and curriculum.
What can we be doing to sustain and enhance inclusive practices? How can this information inform and strengthen our student recruitment and enrollment and programming efforts?
I’m proud of our efforts thus far, but know we can do more and do better. I look forward to supporting proposals and initiatives that advance diversity and inclusion and to continuing this important dialogue.
Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
University of Colorado Denver
Increasing the reputation and building the brand of CAM
Dear Faculty and Staff colleagues,
In both of our retreats, the three top priorities that I heard about were:
- A new CAM building
- Increasing the reputation and building the brand of CAM
Let me focus on increasing the reputation and building the brand of CAM:
To build the brand of CAM you (faculty, staff, students and community partners) identified three essential values: creative excellence, discovery and Denver. We took part in activities last year to allow us find a position we can own, to communicate the benefits of our brand and to work towards going inside the mind of prospective students (and their parents), donors, industry leaders and others.
To continue this work, we have engaged an agency to work in further building the brand of CAM. This firm is called Karsh Hagen and they have a hard-earned, well-deserved national reputation for success in branding and research in the area of marketing that strives to gather attention in a crowded media arena. Karsh Hagen works with the University of Colorado System, various other CU Denver colleges and units, schools and units at Anschutz, Colorado Tourism and many others.
In the meantime, we will continue our work with Orbit Design, a local design agency, to produce promotional material and our printed publications. We are also leveraging our student talent by employing CAM students in roles for graphic design and events.
On my part, careful planning goes into local and regional event attendance, presentations at national conferences, visits to alumni and donor stewardship/prospecting. All of those activities allow me to activate our branding and positioning to advance CAM’s value proposition.
Another essential part of any Dean’s job is to “be the face of CAM” with organizations that can advance all aspects of reputation, recognition, rankings and support of CAM. Since arriving in Denver I have been asked to be a part of numerous local, regional and national boards. Here are some of the groups that I participate in and the roles that I play:
Several faculty and staff members of CAM are officers and board members of local, regional, national and international organizations. Your service is appreciated—and we cannot be too active in organizations that allow us to tell the story of CAM. As we embark on this journey to continue refining and establishing our value proposition, please work closely with our marketing and outreach team members and share your stories and the stories of your colleagues, students and alumni.
- Denver School of the Arts Friends Foundation, Board of Directors
- Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, Board of Directors
- Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), National Advisory Board
- Arts Schools Network, Board of Directors
- Stanley Film Center and Film Festival, Advisory Board
- Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), 2016 National Conference Host and member of the Strategic Planning Group
Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
University of Colorado Denver
July 6, 2016
To the Faculty and Staff of the College of Arts & Media,
It is with great pleasure that I introduce three new CAM tenure/tenure track colleagues:
Richard Strasser, PhD, is the new Chair of the Music and Entertainment Industry Studies Department. He was granted tenure by the University of Colorado Board of Regents and comes to the University of Colorado Denver from Northeastern University in Boston. Dr. Strasser is a graduate from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Music (distinction) and a Graduate Diploma in Music. After winning both the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Award and the Arts Council of Australia Scholarship, he continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, where he received a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Richard Strasser also has an arts administration degree from New York University. He has served as a faculty member of numerous universities including John Cabot University in Rome, Clarion University of Pennsylvania and as Coordinator of the Music Business program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Richard served on the Board of Director’s for the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association, the Cultural Organization of Lowell and the working group for the development for national music industry education standards for the National Association of Schools of Music. He is author of The Savvy Studio Owner published by Hal Leonard books, Music Business: The Key Concepts, and The Music Business and Recording Industry with Routledge. Richard is the recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award at Northeastern University. His first day was Tuesday, July 5th!
Yang Wang comes to CU Denver as Assistant Professor of Art History from a post-doctoral fellowship in Asian art history at Luther College. She holds a PhD and a master’s degree in history of art from The Ohio State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art from the University of Missouri. She was recently awarded a Philanthropic Education Organization International Scholar Award for Doctoral Studies and a Presidential Fellowship from The Ohio State University. Yang was granted a Louise Wallace Hackney Fellowship for the Study of Chinese Art, American Oriental Society from the University of Michigan and an Alumni Grant for Graduate Research and Scholarship from The Ohio State University. She has nearly eight years of teaching and lecturing experience through the University of Toronto, The Ohio State University and the University of California-Davis.
Aleysia K. Whitmore comes to CAM as an Assistant Professor of Music History and previously was a visiting assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She holds a BM from the University of Toronto and AM and PhD degrees in ethnomusicology from Brown University. Her dissertation, entitled Performing Pleasure: Africa and its Diaspora on the World Music Stage, was an ethnographic study of two world music bands that creatively combine West African and Cuban musics, and the industry and audiences that surround them. A multi-sited ethnographic study of the contemporary world music industry across Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean and North America, it provides a window into the transnational lives of musicians, industry personnel, audiences and the specific post-colonial era of globalization in which they are situated. She is currently researching cultural policy and the world music industry in France.
You will be able to meet these new colleagues at our CAM Welcome Back Faculty and Staff Meeting on Wednesday, August 17th at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Theatre (Tivoli).
Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
University of Colorado Denver
We have all heard the saying that goes, “You will never have a second chance to make a first impression.” I have certainly found that to be true.
On Friday, August 19, 2016, CU Denver is hosting the 2016 New Student Convocation ceremony. This serves as a symbolic initiation into the world of higher education and a formal introduction to the traditions, standards and principles of CU Denver.
Last year’s Convocation Ceremony was very impressive. The number of incoming students in attendance was exceptional—and many parents were there too. The incoming students wear regalia (over their casual clothing) and process into the venue. After the very short ceremony, they return their regalia and get a CU Denver t-shirt in exchange. The message being—complete your time at CU Denver and you will wear the regalia again.
Unfamiliar with Convocation? Click here for a 90-second student produced video overview.
The day consists of three events:
School & College Receptions
All faculty and staff are requested to attend their designated school/college reception from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. to interact with new students prior to the convocation ceremony. Light refreshments will be served. CAM Reception Tivoli 440 Adironacks.
New Student Convocation Ceremony
The formal ceremony is held in the PE/Events Center Gym from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is the main event where more than 600 new students will be inducted into the university. It is the bookend to commencement and faculty and administration dress in academic regalia. Students are dressed in black gowns to symbolize their transition into the world of higher education.
Immediately following the ceremony from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., all attendees, including the families of faculty, staff and administration, are invited to celebrate the start of a new academic year on the CU Denver Field and enjoy the free fun, games and delicious food sponsored by Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q.
Each year CAM’s participation by our faculty and staff grows, and I’d love to see this trend continue, so I ask that you consider attending.
The new student reception will give you an opportunity to mix and mingle with our new students, talk with them, answer their questions and make them feel welcome.
Thank you for your consideration of making a lasting impression on the new students, parents, and leadership of CU Denver who will be seated on the podium of this impressive event.
I look forward to seeing you there!
The potential appointment of a 2nd Scholar in Residence
Dear Colleagues of the CAM Faculty & Staff,
Through the efforts of music business faculty member Storm Gloor and several city and philanthropic officials, the need was identified for someone to provide research and make policy suggestions for both the city and state governments. Hence, CAM is receiving funding to help add a two-year position entitled “Scholar in Residence for Creative Industries Research and Policy.” This funding will place an academic researcher in CAM who has Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy, and is already widely published in the areas of the arts and entertainment economies.
In order to best articulate the how this Scholar in Residence opportunity came to fruition, I’ve included some important background information and details about the opportunities and impact of the position.
Since Dr. Dorothy Horrell arrived and assumed the position of Chancellor, the Deans of CU Denver have benefitted from her profile as a foundation president, president of the state community college system and chancellor of a local community college. In the case of CAM, she is leveraging her contacts in the city government to provide some valuable linkages.
The connections she has provided opened the door for discussions about a potential CAM presence in the new Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA). A new building/facilities was the primary concern of the CAM community who attend the two all-CAM retreats in 2015. A CAM building in the new DCPA is a vision for the future in which we are enrolled—and it requires that CAM be positioned favorably with Denver’s Office of Arts & Venues.
The City of Denver’s cultural plan, IMAGINE 2020, provides a collective framework for innovation and advancement. Colorado Creative Industries, the state’s arts council, also defines a path for creativity in Colorado. Governor Hickenlooper and Mayor Hancock view the creative industries as essential to quality of life. It would be highly beneficial for them to have clear data on the impact of further investment in creative industries that will drive up the City’s and State’s social, cultural, and economic growth.
The College of Arts & Media (CAM) is committed to answering that call both inside and outside the classroom. The accessibility, diversity and cultural energy of Denver and beyond make the College of Arts & Media a better place to teach, work and learn. Students in CAM learn with purpose, create with passion and change lives in Denver and beyond.
OPPORTUNITIES AND IMPACT
The position of a Creative Industries Research and Policy Scholar offers reciprocal support to the citizens of this great city and pays it forward by quantifying the reach and economic impact of the arts in Denver and the State of Colorado.
An initial 2-yr. internal appointment:
- Fulfill the mission, values and near-term CAM strategic priorities of the October 1, 2015 document that was formed through the participation of CAM faculty, staff, student representatives and community partners, and based on the January 2015 retreat.
- Support the vision to improve program relevancy and strengthen CAM’s reputational excellence by attracting a creative industries research and policy scholar with the direct support of state and local government, and to serve nonprofit and philanthropic entities, private businesses, and individual creative workers.
- Employ real-world experience to cultivate cross-disciplinary, cross-department, cross-college creative exchange, and create new social and academic networking opportunities for students the vision to advance creative industries research and policy.
- Through research and formation of policy, facilitate successful learning experiences where the complementarity and interdependence of the three departments in CAM is recognized and conveyed.
- Assure that creative industries research and policy is a part of the CAM student experience.
- Provide research and policy support to Denver Arts and Venues and Colorado Creative Industries in their efforts to advance creative industries in Denver and statewide.
- Lead research and policy efforts to advance art forms as creative industries (and economic drivers) in Denver and statewide.
- Convene students and inspire them toward action as agents of the artistic experience, perhaps creative industries researchers, possibly policy-makers, but always champions of nurturing creativity as "agents of the artistic experience." This is essential if they are informed through research to develop the flexibility, vision, social empathy, enterprise and entrepreneurship they will need to adapt to and thrive within new economic parameters.
- Embed with students from the three departments who can develop enabling mechanisms develop their capacities, that will in turn, identify other student leaders to become CAM ambassadors who will advance the creative industries.
- Provide support for CAM-related creative industries initiatives, including but not limited to 2017 Association of Popular Music Education National Conference, convening, Music Academy Start-Up (if repeated), and LYNX National Arts & Media Music Industry Summer Camp.
- Assume the role of CU Denver Partner Content Curator for the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru).
- Join the CU Denver team that is facilitating and hosting the November 2016 National Conference of a2ru that is being held on the CU Denver Downtown Campus and Anschutz Medical Center.
- Provide support and assistance with CAM’s participation in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project initiative and alumni survey in conjunction with the Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement.
- Attend departmental faculty meetings.
- Keep the Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement informed about communication that can boost efforts.
- Alumni—work collaboratively with Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement and Assistant Director of Development.
- Meet regularly with student leaders and co-stage events with the Scholar in Residence for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise (mixers, networking, fairs and other opportunities—both in person and in various digital/cyber formats that will encourage interaction).
- Record, document and quantify interactions, encounters, meetings and activities.
Some desired action items:
- Have contact and communication with other CU Denver units and community partners, including but not limited to: Bonfils Stanton Foundation, Denver Arts and Venues, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, Colorado Creative Industries, SCFD, Biennial of the Americas, AEG, and 7S Management.
- Become a voice in the national conversation of creative industries research and policy.
- Through scholarship and research posit how these proposed Centers may interact with the local research and policy ecosystem in meaningful and productive ways.
- Leverage the talents of CAM’s professional staff.
- Investigate opportunities for CAM engagement in the reimagining and animating of the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
- The creation of arts and entertainment databases that can inform planning on several different levels (local, regional and state governments, in addition to private agencies, arts organizations and philanthropy).
- Students will be polled at the outset (August 2016) and then in April 2018 about their abilities to research, advance, and advocate for creative industries, including the Scholar in Residence for Entrepreneurship and Engagement.
- Specific research deliverables relevant to core partners: Denver Arts and Venues, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, and Colorado Creative Industries.
- Quantify how both local organizations and campus entities will have gained a familiarity with the power of research and policy information that emanates from CAM.
- SiR will have presented at a national conference(s)
- SiR will have CAM represented in national organizations that further creative industries in Denver and Colorado.
- SiR will move faculty champions for creative industries to become visible leaders across CAM through their actions and thought leadership
- SiR will have helped advance CU Denver’s membership in a2ru through attending the national conferences and leading the student groups to the annual Emerging Creative Student Summits (and perhaps host one at CAM)
- Position the Dean to have the ability to increase visibility of CAM to the point that philanthropy may endow the present and future of creative industries at CAM (and perhaps fund this position)
- Feature articles in print media, interviews/features on radio, TV and internet will assure a type of viability that will attract attention from government, industrial, educational, creative and non-profit entities.
The funds being used for the CAM match on this hire are reserve funds that cannot be used for permanent raises or permanent hires. Thus, nothing is being “taken” from a source that could be used for regular faculty or staff positions.
The work of this Scholar has the potential to yield great benefits for the College of Arts & Media:
- Realization of new career paths for CAM students (in government, higher education, arts councils, state, regional, and national agencies, and others).
- Bringing CAM faculty and students closer to arts and entertainment policy makers in state and local governments, and extending their educations through formal and informal learning.
- Research in the creative industries is contextually linked to the social, cultural and economic factors in a community. CAM students maybe inspired to attend graduate school and enter this evolving field.
- This position will enhance the reputation and branding of CAM. It is a very distinctive area of study, and thus can be institution enhancing (adding value to CAM degrees) through publications of articles, white papers, books and presentations at local, regional, national and international fora.
- The intellectual side of CAM will be expanded, and compliment researchers already in place (art history, music history, music business, and others).
More information will be coming soon on this exciting opportunity for CAM. As always, my door is open should you have any questions.
Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
we approach this holiday weekend, I want to thank each of you for all that you
do for your units, CAM and CU Denver. The semester got off to a very smooth
start—due to the efforts of all of you to assure that our students had a smooth
entry into the semester.
weeks have passed already, and—
welcomed a new Chair of MEIS and two new tenure track faculty. These
significant, as MEIS has needed a full-time chair—and the two new tenure track
will help expand and diversify our curriculum. Yes, recruiting and retaining
and staff from diverse backgrounds remains a top priority of CAM and CU Denver. Yet,
if our curriculum is not infused with a global perspective and inclusion—we
will fall short
in all diversity efforts.
night, (Thursday, September 1) there was a remarkable fundraising event held in
of community partners, attended by influential Denver citizens, featuring CAM
featuring a talented LYNX Camper. It makes all the difference in the approach
to have events
for CAM hosted in the homes of people who understand the power of the College
& Media—and how their investment can bring them greater meaning in life and
to able to
see and hear where their money goes. Thanks to Owen Kortz, Peter Stoltzman,
and Katryn Bowdle for providing leadership on every level to advance the LYNX Camps
and the College of Arts & Media.
yesterday (it was a big day for CAM), we hosted the second visit in a year from
staff member. Representative Ed Perlmutter sent a leading legislative aid from his
office to learn more about the National Center for Media Forensics. This is
important, as it
represents a tangible return on the trip that I made to Washington, DC last
December with a
representative of CU Denver’s Office of Governmental Relations. We visited five
offices (of a senator
and four representatives) to tell the story of NCMF and CAM. This is laying the groundwork
for an eventual visit to CAM by an elected Colorado representative.
a safe and restful holiday weekend, and I look forward to all that lies ahead
for our College of Arts & Media this semester.
D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
College of Arts & Media (CAM)
I am very pleased to announce that the search committee for the Director for Creative Industries Research and Policy position has completed their work. I accepted their
recommendation of Dr. Michael Seman, PhD. National Public Radio, Wired, The Washington Post and many regional media outlets of
NBC and CBS seek his perspective concerning the creative economy.
Michael will be working across the entire college (music, film and
visual arts), and his position is partially funded by the City of Denver (Denver Arts &
Venues) and the State of Colorado (Colorado Creative Industries). Michael will start on October 17, 2016.
You may recall a message I distributed
earlier regarding this position. That message was sent on August 5th and details the projected scope of
work for the position. Provost Nairn suggested changing the position title from Scholar in Residence to Director,
and I gladly accepted his recommendation.
To provide additional context for this hire, let me share some
thoughts from Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky (Leadership on the Line, 12-13) on what they call “adaptive
change”:Leadership would be a safe undertaking if your organizations and
communities only faced problems for which they already knew the solutions. Every day, people have problems
for which they do, in fact, have the necessary know-how and procedures. We call these technical problems. But
there is a whole host of problems that are not amenable to authoritative expertise or standard operating
procedures. They cannot be solved by someone who provides answers from on high. We call these adaptive challenges
because they require experiments, new discoveries, and adjustments from numerous places in the
organization or community. Without learning new ways–changing attitudes, values, and behaviors–people cannot make
the adaptive leap necessary to thrive in the new environment. The sustainability of change depends on having
the people with the problem internalize the change itself.
At our meeting in August I challenged all of us to focus on these
Recruiting students is everyone’s business, retaining students is everyone’s business and reaching inside and outside of CU Denver is something we all should be doing.
Michael Seman will be standing with us as we reach to utilize "adaptive challenges because they require experiments, new
discoveries, and adjustments from numerous places in the organization or community."
So let’s do it!
Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
Dear faculty and staff colleagues,
The semester is well underway and a lot of important and purposeful work is being done. Here are some updates:
1. A special opportunity exists for a limited number of our CAM students on Friday, November 4. Author, inventor and artist, Todd Siler, will be conducting a special workshop for a limited number of CAM students during the 2016 a2ru national conference. The workshop is entitled “Metaphorming” and aims to challenge students to use art-based thinking to problem-solve and achieve goals. Workshop arrangements are being spearheaded by Angie Buckley and Tanida Ruampant. Since seating is limited, Angie Buckley will be calling upon the faculty to nominate two students each to take advantage of priority registration for this workshop. Nominated students will get the first opportunity to reserve a seat for the workshop – well before the registration is open to the entire 1200+ CAM student body. Please look for a communication from Angie today or Monday with instructions on how and when to nominate your students. This communication will also contain further details about the workshop and the benefits it presents for our students.
2. Collaboration between the three CAM departments is a mandate the students have presented me with and the need for interdisciplinary work is also appearing in academic and popular press. As you know, Angie Buckley, Scholar in Residence for Entrepreneurism and Enterprise, is working with faculty to find ways to connect students across the three departments. There has been discussion about an all-CAM course that would provide our new and incoming students with a basis of developing a creative identity and personal brand, interdisciplinary work, learning the value of internships, having an awareness of creative industries in Denver, navigating within CAM and other essential information to position our students for success.
I’ve asked Sam McGuire to work closely with Angie and to identify three-person faculty committee to help her shape this endeavor. This will be a good way to assure faculty input – before a proposal goes to the Executive Committee. As your Dean, I am also providing citations (see below) that underscore the importance of the direction we’re taking with this initiative and stating, once again, that the isolated nature of our programs is a student concern that is being addressed.
3. CAM student William Card (MEIS, ’17) is featured on the a2ru website.
4. CU Denver (not CAM) had an additional shortfall from the AY 2015-16. The Deans were all asked to turn back funds to cover this deficit. The CAM amount was $167,000. My choices were few – cut all four college operating funds (three departments plus the Dean’s office), or delay some commitments that I had made previously. I have chosen the latter as it will do the least amount of harm to the student experience.
As always, I welcome questions or comments. I am grateful for the important work you are doing. Faculty members, please watch for the communication about the Todd Siler workshop from Angie.
Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media
RECENT CITATIONS - THE NEED FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE ARTS
Leading authors in the academic and popular presses have written about the need for entrepreneurship in arts and media. William Deresiewicz in the January/February 2015 issue of The Atlantic Magazine wrote, “Creative entrepreneurship, to start with what is most apparent, is far more interactive, at least in terms of how we understand the word today, than the model of the artist-as-genius, turning his back on the world, and even than the model of the artist as professional, operating within a relatively small and stable set of relationships.”
Academic scholars have also stated the need for entrepreneurism in arts and media programs and curricula. In the journal Work and Occupations an article titled “Looking Back, Looking Forward: Arts-Based Careers and Creative Work,” Elizabeth L. Lingo and Steven J. Tepper state that, “… artists need to be masters of navigating across historically disparate domains, for example, specialization and generalist skills, autonomy and social engagement, the economy’s periphery and the core, precarious employment and self-directed entrepreneurialism, and large metro centers and regional art markets.”
The consultants from the University of Michigan concur with all of the above and shared the ideas that a faculty director specializing in entrepreneurism might be able to “nurture entrepreneurship capacity across the school in addition to the music business program…” and could possibly, “further galvanize entrepreneurship capacity across CAM, become pointperson for receiving internship inquiries (perhaps to develop a series of formalized partnerships), connect current students with alumni mentors, and to help broaden the reach and impact of existing programs.”
September 23, 2016
Subject: Diversity and equity is everyone’s responsibility
I’m typing this just several hours after attending a luncheon hosted by the Colorado Women’s Foundation.
The celebrated Principal Ballerina with the ABT, Misty Copeland was the guest speaker.
She spoke from the many experiences she has had and the challenges she regularly faces being both a worldclass ballet dancer and a role-model/pioneer who broke down racial barriers. As we all know, diversity and matters of race still need all of our attention. Recent national news just shows the challenges that highlight our need to be aware of the need to make diversity and equity strategic priorities of the College of Arts & Media.
Ms. Copeland’s strength of character is epochal, to say the least. She is a Principal with what many consider America’s foremost ballet troupe. At the same time, she carries the expectations and weight that come with being someone who has broken down barriers—that brings an extra set of expectations. The other members of the company can just dance…
Like Misty Copeland, our faculty, staff and students of color, varied sexual orientations, and all other diverse backgrounds carry extra challenges with them. And as your Dean, I want to be very clear about my expectations that we have an open and inclusive environment of mutual respect and the explicit acknowledgement that a CAM education will not be complete without the diversity that our population offers.
The CAM Diversity Council has been diligent and focused in developing the following systemic definitions-inprocess as a starting-point to encourage open engagement and discussion in a safe and nurturing environment.
Diversity encompasses the presence of a broad spectrum of differences among individuals and group/social constructs within our community. Some dimensions of diversity include the following: age, color, disability, ethnicity/national origin, family status, gender identity or expression, generation, language, life experiences, organization function and level, physical characteristics, race, religion/belief/spirituality, sexual orientation, thinking patterns, and veteran status.
The term inclusion is used to describe the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the CAM curriculum, in co-curricular activities, and in communities within the college as reflected in thought patterns, interpersonal and institutional behaviors, and in educational practices.
Equity is only found in communities in which all participants are provided the necessary tools and resources to access the same opportunities for success. The council works to maintain an environment of transparency and support to the overall student experiences at CAM. In addition, the group will make concerted efforts to develop systematic support for faculty, staff, and students from underrepresented backgrounds.
They also have provided us with 4 CAM Strategic Goals:
1) Improving student experience and services through more diverse support offered by the college and expanding/globalizing the college curriculum with course offerings and content to reflect a wider net of content and context for learning
2) Implementing concerted college recruitment efforts for underrepresented groups to diversify the college community of faculty, staff, and students
3) Empowering faculty and staff to create a safe community through communication strategies that encourage engagement, discussion, and thoughtful discourse with colleagues and students without retaliation
4) Promoting institutional and behavioral awareness and action to support the abolition of barriers which serve the purpose of exclusion
So as a college, let’s make doubly sure that we align these strategic priorities and diversity statement with the institution, bringing attention to fulfilling the new non-discrimination policy for UCD and Anschutz as of July 2016 that is at the bottom of this message.
Let me conclude by saying that as scholars, researchers, artists, designers, performers, professional staff and others in all areas of creativity we cannot ignore the news of the day that shows how far we still have to travel--to assure equal opportunity and treatment of all citizens. As your dean, I feel that we need to provide vital first-stage support to foster individual creative self-awareness, expression, and personal growth, but also to motivate our students to reach out and explore the potential of emerging areas of public consciousness and social accountability. I believe that when, by word and personal example, our students examine and address the steep social challenges and cultural barriers they witness in the world, they will become empowered to contribute, through their academic, professional, and social endeavors, as vital contributors to the betterment of our changing society.
Thank you to our CAM Diversity Committee, Shannon Squires (chair), Denise Larson, Stephanie Kelly, Leah Haloin, Katryn Bowdle, Aleysia Whitmore, Peter Stoltzman, Craig Volk, and Quintin Gonzalez.
This committee worked very hard, and I ask that all of you consider filling out this brief survey (<1 minute): https://ucdenver.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dh5GqJnCddJM1TL
Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Dean, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
Title: Nondiscrimination Policy
Source: Office of the Provost
Prepared by: Office of Equity
Approved by: Roderick Nairn
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
Effective Date: July 1, 2016
Applies: All Campuses
Unlawful discrimination and harassment has no place at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus and offends the University’s core values, including a commitment to equal opportunity and inclusion. All University employees, faculty members, students and community members are expected to join with and uphold this commitment. Robust discussion and debate are fundamental to the life of the University.
Consequently, this Policy shall be interpreted in a manner that is consistent with academic freedom as defined in Regent Law, Article 5D.
B. Policy Statement
The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to maintaining a positive learning, working, and living environment. As such, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, pregnancy, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities. (Regent Law, Article 10).
This policy: (1) provides a definition of discrimination and harassment based upon Protected Class status and related retaliation; (2) prohibits such discrimination; and (3) identifies the procedures (the “Procedures”) the University follows when it receives a report alleging a violation of the university core values. Individuals who violate this policy shall be disciplined or subjected to corrective action as outlined herein. This policy is meant to be read in conjunction with the accompanying University Nondiscrimination Procedures.
C. Prohibited Conduct
The conduct listed below is prohibited, as are attempts to commit and aiding, abetting, or inciting others to commit them. Prohibited conduct also includes conduct engaged in by electronic means including, but not limited to, computers, any type of phone, or any other means of electronic communication.
Discrimination occurs when an individual suffers an adverse consequence on the basis of a protected class. Examples include failure to be hired or promoted or denial of admission to an academic program based on protected class status. Harassment means verbal or physical conduct related to one’s protected class that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating or hostile work or educational environment.
Harassment means verbal or physical conduct related to one’s protected class that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating or hostile work or educational environment.
Hostile Environment. Whether a hostile environment exists is determined from both a subjective and an objective perspective. The subjective perspective evaluates whether or not the reporting party experienced unwelcome conduct [based on a protected characteristic]. The objective perspective evaluates whether or not the unwelcome conduct was, from the perspective of a reasonable person in the alleged reporting party’s position, sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits or deprives an individual from participating in or benefiting from the University’s education or employment programs and/or activities. [Harassment becomes prohibited by this policy where enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued participation or receipt of benefits from the University’s education or employment programs and/or activities.] Mere offensive conduct, such as petty slights and annoyances, such as stray negative comments in an otherwise neutral evaluation, “snubbing a colleague,” or negative comments that are justified by an individual’s poor performance or history are not enough to create a Hostile Environment.
Although repeated incidents increase the likelihood that harassment has created a hostile environment, a single or isolated incident of discrimination or harassment may be sufficient.
Retaliation. Means any adverse action threatened or taken against a person because an individual has filed, supported or provided information in connection with a complaint of discrimination, including but not limited to direct and indirect intimidation, threats and harassment. An “adverse action” is any conduct or action that would dissuade a reasonable person from reporting an allegation of discrimination or participating in an investigation of discrimination.
D. Protected Activity and Good Faith Reports
Protected activity includes complaints involving violations of the Non-discrimination Policy and the Sexual Misconduct Policy. It does not include complaints involving violations of other policies. Not does it include complaints raising ethical, financial or other concerns unrelated to discrimination. Protected activity does include requesting reasonable accommodation based on, for example, disability or religion. Protected activity is covered under this policy even if the claims involved were ultimately found invalid so long as those claims were made in good faith. It is a violation of this policy when a person knowingly or recklessly alleges a false complaint of protected class discrimination or harassment or provides false information during the course of an investigation, and violations may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including, expulsion or termination of employment, as applicable. This provision does not apply to reports made or information provided in good faith, even if the facts alleged are not later substantiated.
E. Reporting Obligations
Any faculty or staff member who is considered a Responsible Employee, as defined herein, who witnesses or receives information regarding possible prohibited protected class discrimination or harassment is required to promptly report the information to the Office of Equity or his or her designee. Such information about the alleged conduct, where possible, should include: name of the alleged complainant(s); name of alleged respondent(s); name of any alleged witnesses; and any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the alleged incident.
All other individuals who become aware of an incident of Prohibited Conduct are highly encouraged to report all known details about the Prohibited Conduct to the University Office of Equity by telephone, email, in person, or through the University’s online Incident Report Form.
The University may have an obligation to report to the police, keeping the name of the victim confidential, in circumstances where the incident includes an allegation that a crime has been committed.
Reports or complaints made pursuant to this policy will be addressed promptly and as practicably as possible after the report is made in accordance with the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Nondiscrimination Procedures.
G. Related Policies
University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Administrative Policy on Anti Violence, October 21, 2011 University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Nondiscrimination Procedures University of Colorado Administrative Policy Statement APS 5014 Sexual Misconduct For related complaint, grievance or disciplinary processes, refer to Regent Policies under 5. Faculty, 5. H. Faculty Senate Grievance Process and 5. I. Faculty Dismissal for Cause Process (for faculty), State Personnel Board Rules (for classified employees), and campus student disciplinary policies and procedures (for students). University of Colorado Denver Student Code of Conduct, including Student Conduct Codes promulgated by the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School, Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry.
Appointing authority/disciplinary authority. An appointing authority is the individual with the authority or delegated authority to make ultimate personnel decisions concerning a particular employee. A disciplinary authority is the individual who or office that has the authority or delegated authority to impose discipline upon a particular employee or student.
Complainant and/or Respondent. Within the context of this process and related procedures, the individual alleged to have been subjected to harassment or discrimination may be referred to as the “complainant or reporting party” and the person(s) against whom the complaint is filed is the “respondent” or “responding party.” For related complaint, grievance or disciplinary processes, refer to Regent Policies under 5. Faculty, 5. H. Faculty Senate Grievance Process and 5. I. Faculty Dismissal for Cause Process (for faculty), State Personnel Board Rules (for classified employees), and campus student disciplinary policies and procedures (for students). Equity, Office of. The Office of Equity at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus investigates allegations of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct and relate retaliation based upon an individual’s Protected Class status. This Office has the authority to impose discipline in conjunction with the appointing authority/disciplinary authority.
Protected Characteristics/Class. Are those personal traits, characteristics and/or beliefs that are defined by applicable law as protected from discrimination and/or harassment. They include race, creed, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital or domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation and/or other characteristics protected by applicable law. For further information on the definitions of protected classes, link to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/.
Responsible Employee. Means any employee who has the authority to hire, promote, discipline, evaluate, grade, formally advise or direct faculty, staff or students and/or has the authority to redress sexual misconduct. This definition does not include any medical, mental health, counseling or other office personnel, in addition to any other offices covered by a statutory privilege or designated in campus procedures as not subject to mandatory reporting to the university.
University Property. University property is defined as land, buildings, and facilities in possession or owned, used or controlled by the university or funded by university budgets.
October 31, 2016
CAM Faculty and Staff Colleagues,
CU Denver will be hosting the 2016 National Conference of the Alliance or the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru). Here is the agenda—as of last week:
Here are the conference apps, constructed by Visual Arts student Nico Van Poolin, Bravo Nico!
While I hesitate to recommend any specific sessions, if you had to choose one, try and attend Liz Lerman’s Keynote at 2:00 pm on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 in the Tivoli. Liz Lerman is an American icon and treasure, and just having her on our campus is a high honor.
Let me share again that the CU Denver membership in a2ru is shared by Dean Marc Ingber—College of Engineering and Applied Science (many of you know that we have received a large gift for CAM to collaborate with CEAS over a period of years), Dean Mark Gelernter—College of Architecture and Planning (there have been numerous collaborations with CAP—as well as the commonality of design between our units), and John Bennett--Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Director of inworks (he has funded numerous CAM faculty in the creation and offering of interdisciplinary courses).
There will be a special Friday morning session on creativity for CAM students hosted by author, inventor, artist, Todd Siler, and facilitated by Angie Buckley.
CAM Colleagues who will be presenting or serving on panels:
Thursday, Nov 3rd, 3:00pm Marina Buszek Artist Residencies in Research Institutions, Adirondacks, Tivoli 440 (on a panel with Liz Lerman)
Thursday Nov. 3rd 4:45pm CAM student William Card will be on a panel led by J.D. Talasek, National Academy of Sciences. Making the Future — Foresight Thinking to Motivate and Innovate, Bearsden Ballroom, Tivoli 320
Thursday Nov. 3rd 6:00pm VA Chair Brian DeLevie, The Time for the Arts and Entrepreneurial Endeavors Is Now! Or Is It? Tivoli Community Theater
The closing session on Saturday November 5th 12:15PM “Glocal” Rocky Mountain Entrepreneurship Marco Polo Ballroom, Curtis Hotel, Keynote by
John Bennett, Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation Initiatives, Director of Inworks – University of Colorado Denver
Moderated by Laurence D. Kaptain, Dean, College of Arts and Media, University of Colorado Denver
Gary Steuer, President and CEO – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation
Lisa Gedgaudas, Program Administrator — Create Denver
Michael Seman, Director, Creative Industries Research and Policy – University of Colorado Denver
Laurence D. Kaptain, Dean
November 6, 2016
Dean’s Message to CAM Faculty and Staff,
1) Our Assistant Dean for Business Operations Erin Hutchinson has accepted another position and her last day in CAM will be Wednesday, November 16th. That is coming up quickly and I have been in touch with CU Denver’s CFO to look at how to fill this opening—both short and long-term.
Erin Hutchinson came on board at a time when the CAM business and fiscal operations and tracking were
not in place to serve 1,200+ students, 120+ faculty and almost 30 professional staff members. Thus, she
entered CAM at a difficult time and worked with dispatch to put systems in place to provide compliance,
current information on accounts, planning, analysis and projections. That work has been of great benefit to
all of us in the college. Her expertise allowed for growth in faculty and staff lines and student enrollment—
along with many other positive contributions like remodeling the CAM Offices, the Tivoli construction
projects, CU bldg. 8th Fl. remodeling, and building the initial infrastructure for the new CAM Space in the
DPAC Galleria. She also led the search that brought us Karen Ludington—who has provided outstanding
support in the many areas of financial tracking and procurement.
While I hesitate to identify a single area of excellence, Erin’s abilities to forecast and find ways to fill
positions helped us to gain new tenure-track lines in art history, music history/ethnomusicology, a Chair of
MEIS, and a search for a new film/TV line that is about to be launched. She also helped facilitate new
staffing in CAM communications, LYNX Camps, CAM Admissions/Enrollment Management, and the
recent appointment for entrepreneurship/enterprise leadership, and the research position partially funded by
the City of Denver and State of Colorado.
Erin will be accepting a new position at CU Boulder. Please stop by her office to thank her for sharing her
expertise and skills to advance CAM.
2) Thanks to our faculty and staff who made the 2016 National Conference for Alliance for the Arts in
Research Universities (a2ru) a huge success. From Liz Lerman’s opening Keynote, to Todd Siler’s work
with over 60 CAM students, to the CAM ensembles who performed at MCA Denver, Anschutz and the
Curtis Hotel, to CAM student William Card’s (MEIS, ’17) presence on this high-level panel:
Making the Future — Foresight Thinking to Motivate and Innovate Baerresen Ballroom, 320
Moderated by J.D. Talasek, Director of Cultural Programs – National Academy of Sciences
Jerome C. Glenn, CEO – The Millennium Project
Peter Scupelli, Assistant Professor; Chair, Environments Track; Director, Learning Environments Lab –
Edward Finn, Director, Center for Science and the Imagination – Arizona State University
Charles Lilly, PhD Student – The University of Texas at Dallas
William Card, Student – University of Colorado Denver
Dan Novy, PhD Student – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Laurie Baefsky, Executive Director of a2ru told me how well William did—and how he brought positive
attention to CU Denver and CAM.
Todd Reid and Greg Garrison provided student ensembles who provided a major “wow” factor. Avenhart
(current CAM students and alums) performed out at AMC. Maria Buszek and Michael Seman appeared on
panels and Brian DeLevie made a presentation. Michelle Carpenter, Howard Cook and Storm Gloor were
on hand during the student session with Todd Siler that Angie Buckley facilitated, and then I saw many
more faculty at sessions and receptions.
Special thanks to Tanida Ruampant, Bill Lewis, Erin Hutchinson, Shannon Squires, Leah Halolin, Morag
Nairn, Dave Walter, Sam McGuire, Katryn Bowdle, CC, and any others whom I left out for excelling on
production excellence and showing the best face of CAM.
Chancellor Horrell, Provost Nairn, CFO Sobanet, Assistant Vice Chancellor DeLage, Associate Vice-
Chancellor Damrauer, and many other institutional officials were on hand during the conference.
The Interim Provost of the University of Illinois, the Dean of Art and Architecture at Penn State, deans
from Northeastern, the University of Utah, Northern Illinois, a team of 3 from the National Academies of
Science, and 250+ faculty and professional staff learned more about CU Denver, CAM faculty, staff and
students, and the special nature of all that you do.
Laurence D. Kaptain, Dean
College of Arts & Media--University of Colorado Denver
November 14, 2016
Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,
As you know, we have learned that Erin Hutchinson has accepted another position
and will have her last day in CAM on Friday, November 18th (officially, her last day at
CU Denver is November 23rd).
Karen Ludington has agreed to take on elevated duties and the fiscal responsibilities
for the college on a temporary basis while there is a search. This will greatly help the
college ensure continuity in financial management and I want to thank her for her
willingness to help fill the gap while we conduct a search for a replacement Assistant
Dean. Those of you that know Karen are aware of her diligence and professionalism.
The Executive Committee will serve as a search committee with a retooled position
description, “Assistant Dean for Business and Financial Systems.” This more
accurately reflects the needs of CAM. Before we added staff (in 2015)—this position
needed to do a number of other things—now it will be more strategically focused and
will head up all budgetary and fiscal operations (and that is plenty). We will be
conducting a search throughout the CU System—so as to have a pool of qualified
individuals who have experience with the nuances of the financial structures and
business practices of CU Denver and the University of Colorado System. The
paperwork for this position has moved quickly and has already received budgetary
approval from the Provost’s office.
I’ve asked Sam McGuire to Chair the search, Shannon Squires (to represent the staff)
and Stephanie Kelly to join the rest of the Executive Committee in this search process.
Please speak with your Chairs, Sam McGuire, Stephanie Kelly or me if you have input
you would like to share about this important position.
Laurence Kaptain, Dean