Bourgeois to serve as interim Art Department head

June 30th, 2014 Comments Off on Bourgeois to serve as interim Art Department head

Angi Bourgeois book portrait; outside ChapelEffective July 1, Angi Elsea Bourgeois, Ph.D., will take over as interim head for the Department of Art. Bourgeois will replace Jamie Burwell Mixon, who has served as interim head for the past year; Mixon will return to her former position as graphic design coordinator.

“I’m excited about this move,” said Bourgeois, who hopes to support the department and the college, faculty and students with her leadership experience. “Jamie has done a fabulous job, and I hope to continue the positive leadership that she has demonstrated.”

Bourgeois, who joined the department as an instructor in 2002, has most recently served as an associate professor and coordinator of art history. She has also held many other leadership positions – both within the College of Architecture, Art and Design and the university. In order to fulfill her duties as interim department head, she will step down from her current position as coordinator of the university’s Early Start program/Math Plus program.

Bourgeois is familiar with the tasks she’ll face as interim department head; she served as acting department head from July 2011 through September 2011.

One of her first tasks will be to oversee the hiring of new faculty.

Bourgeois is also excited about the establishment of the new Art Field Study course, Art 2990. The one-credit course is designed to provide students with an exciting alternative to classroom-based learning; students will travel to New York for five days to explore the city’s museums, artists’ studios, cultural attractions, galleries and graduate schools.

“The department is considering the option of introducing that course as a requirement for our curriculum,” said Bourgeois, who added that she is also excited about the college’s new study abroad partnership.

“Study abroad had such a positive impact on my life and career that I hope we can continue to grow the college’s new relationship with the University of Arkansas Rome Program.”

Bourgeois was the co-author of the department’s recent re-accreditation report, and she is excited to get to oversee the implementation of improvements that come as the result of the re-accreditation review.

“As challenging as the accreditation process is, we are very gratified to have received such positive feedback about our programs and to have gained the necessary funds to continue to improve our facilities through better ventilation, security upgrades and dedicated funding for technology. I’m looking forward to another great year for the Department of Art.”

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