Two of Lindenwood University’s highly-regarded schools – Communications and Fine and Performing Arts – are joining forces and merging to become the School of Arts, Media, and Communications. The merger is effective in August.
Dr. Joe Alsobrook, dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, will be the dean of the new school. Mike Wall, dean of the School of Communications, will be the associate dean. Alsobrook said a job description is being developed for an assistant dean.
“It’s no secret that many of our programs overlap, often in courses, always in creativity,” Alsobrook wrote in an email to the faculty and staff of the two schools.
He said the merger would help the two schools capitalize on the collective achievements of faculty and students, forge new interdisciplinary programs and partnerships, and unite in efforts to ensure that our programs are optimized for a world of increasing complexity, innovation, and change. Alsobrook went on to say that the merger would empower integrative curricula, provide enrichment the campus and surrounding community, and focus on the talents, interests, and future of Lindenwood’s students.
Alsobrook and Wall, along with Vice President Deb Ayres and Provost Marilyn Abbott, met for 45 minutes with the faculty and staff of the two schools on Friday afternoon in the Lindenwood Theater. Alsobrook and Wall will be meeting with each department to seek input on the merger and explore ideas for additional efficiencies in instruction, advising, and mentoring.