By a unanimous vote, the U‑M Board of Regents approved the appointment of Rebecca Strzelec to Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. Reporting to Dean Carlos Francisco Jackson, Strzelec has operational oversight of undergraduate programs and provides executive-level leadership on key initiatives that advance the vision and mission of the Stamps School.
Before joining Stamps, Strzelec served on the Penn State Altoona faculty for 21 years with the title of Distinguished Professor of Visual Arts, where she codesigned Penn State Altoona’s first art degree by building a “culture where artists are defined as multi-faceted problem solvers who move freely between art, design, science, engineering, and the humanities.” In announcing Strzelec’s appointment at the Stamps School, Dean Jackson wrote, “Rebecca will be my partner in collaborating with the Faculty Council, lecturers, staff, and students in assessing how we can sustain Stamps’ radical studio interdisciplinarity while building an academic program that can produce or facilitate depth of method.”
“This is an exciting opportunity to work with colleagues and students in this role,” said Strzelec. “I have found that our community of artists and designers is committed to the success of the school, its students, and each other. This is the rich environment for creating positive change and new innovations.”
Strzelec began her work at the university on July 1, working with faculty and staff to understand the culture and opportunities at the Stamps School. In this new role. Strzelec will focus on several areas, including but not limited to advising and student life initiatives; academic accreditation standards; serving as an Ex Officio member of the Executive Committee and the Undergraduate Program Committee; and serving as the principal liaison to the university and external constituencies.