I want to extend a warm welcome back to both our returning students and faculty and a special welcome to our new students and faculty. I’m so excited about this coming year, and I wanted to share a few important developments as we kick off the 2018-19 academic year.
First, please check out our brand-new website. We spent months researching, designing and thinking about ways to best serve you as we kick off our second year as the School of Design and Creative Technologies. I hope you love the new website as much as I do.
I’m proud to say that enrollment in our school is rapidly trending up. There are now more than 500 degree-seeking students enrolled in the SDCT, and they are being taught by the best in their fields. We’ve hired six new full-time faculty and several lecturers to teach our growing student body.
Additionally, the Center for Integrated Design continues to be a popular destination for students within the College of Fine Arts and beyond, with close to 300 students enrolled in our on-campus and off-campus offerings. I’m proud to say that we have added many new CID courses to give students even more depth in their particular area of study. We’re thrilled to welcome Gray Garmon, who will be taking the helm in running the Center for Integrated Design this year.
I’m also delighted to introduce you to Kate Canales, the new chair of the Department of Design. She joined us this summer and is already working on ways to further enrich the design curriculum. She comes to SDCT with decades of experience in both academia and the private sector. I encourage you to introduce yourselves and welcome her to the Forty Acres.
Over the summer, Julie Schell, our Executive Director for Learning Design, Effectiveness and Innovation, has been busy working to expand the offering of non-residential educational initiatives so we can partner with businesses, nonprofits, K-12, and colleges and universities to expand the reach of the SDCT and COFA. If you haven’t met her yet, please stop by and learn more about her passion for learning science and design thinking.
Jan Ryan, our creative entrepreneurship guru, has been designing curriculum around the entrepreneurial mindset. She’ll teach a class this fall called Creative Entrepreneurship and another in the spring titled Women in Entrepreneurship. Also, she’s already secured Richard Garriott in October to speak about the video game industry as part of the Pathways to Entrepreneurship speaker series.
We are working on expanding our campus footprint. Currently, we have four remodeling projects underway. We are working with the Butler School of Music, Texas Performing Arts, Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Art and Art History to support all of our space needs.
I continue to be inspired by the support and enthusiasm we’ve received this past year. Our unique position on maintaining a reactive curriculum is critical to supporting college-to-career trajectories, and the work we’re doing supports our students as they go out into the creative economy.
As always, my door is open. I’m eager to meet all of you as we continue on this creative journey together.
Proudly your Assistant Dean,