School of Media Arts Appoints New Associate Dean

(Columbia College campus announcement, Spring 2012)

Robin Bargar, dean of the School of Media Arts, announced changes to the school's administration.

First, after seven years of dedicated service as associate dean, Alton Miller will be returning to his faculty position in the Marketing Communication department this August.

Miller had previously announced his plans to return to the faculty coinciding with the transition of former dean Doreen Bartoni last year, but he agreed to extend his term in this office for an additional year to assist Bargar in his new duties as dean.

Bargar said that during this time Miller has performed assiduously on a number of fronts, from curriculum to student grievances to funded research, to representing the School at the college level on a host of policy and process decisions.

"While he returns in fresh concentration to the classroom, I am glad to say Alton will continue to contribute leadership in the Dean's office toward funded projects and external partnerships he has developed," said Bargar.

To replace Miller, the School of Media Arts conducted an extensive search that focused on internal candidates, and produced two highly qualified finalists. The choice was difficult, as both candidates received excellent reviews from faculty, staff, and chairs who advised the decision, said Bargar.

After multiple consultations the school has offered the position to Associate Professor Mirella Shannon, and she has agreed to serve as the new associate dean for the School of Media Arts beginning in August.

Shannon joined the faculty of the Interactive Arts & Media (IAM) department in 2003, where she has served as chair of the departmental curriculum committee as well as a key contributor to the Game Design major.

She also served as the assessment coordinator for IAM and was instrumental in developing comprehensive assessment guidelines for each of the department's five core classes, as well as developing and implementing systems to assist in class scheduling, capturing and tabulating student assessment questionnaires, and the storage/analysis of course outcome data.

Prior to coming to Columbia College, Shannon served as vice president of institutional operations for the New York investment management firm Neuberger Berman, senior executive for the investment services firm of SEI Corporation, and president of her own management consulting firm which she started in 1992.