This May UMassD Provost Mohammad Karim announced the appointment of David Klamen as UMass Dartmouth's Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Over the past four years, Mr. Klamen, holding the rank of Chancellor's Professor, has served as Associate Dean, in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Northwest, supporting the college's administrative leadership, and long-range planning. Mr. Klamen supervises over 250 (full and part-time) faculty, serving approximately 2000 full-time students, stretching across 35 degrees in departments ranging from Fine Arts to Chemistry, History, and Minority Studies.
In addition to his work as an Associate Dean, Mr. Klamen has substantial experience in leading campus-wide strategic planning teams at IU Northwest. Mr. Klamen was chosen by the Chancellor of the university to chair the committees that promised to be the most divisive: creating a new code of conduct and defining "academic excellence" for IU Northwest.
As an artist, Mr. Klamen has created and exhibited a very extensive body of work ranging from large-scale oil paintings to conceptually based over-painted photographs. These artworks have been exhibited and acquired locally, nationally, and internationally by prestigious galleries and museums.
As a teacher, Mr. Klamen has presented at well over a hundred classes and engaged thousands of students. His teaching has been divided between the Department of Philosophy and Department of Fine Arts, creating new courses, expanding programs, introducing new concepts and techniques, and assisted in the ongoing growth of two departments.
Mr. Klamen received his B.F.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign and his M.F.A. from School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
"While I believe that my accomplishments over the past years clearly reflect my commitment to research/creative work, and to arts education, it is my personal love for the arts and the expansive potential of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth that compelled me to apply for this position."
The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is a comprehensive arts college with Bachelor's and Master's programs that prepare students for careers in art, design, music, and other creative endeavors. To assure that its programs meet appropriate standards, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the national accrediting body for the visual arts.