Department Chair Planning Statement




The Department of Art, Art History, and Design (AAHD) looks to be a leader in the fields of art and design. The unit aims to build on the enormous possibilities offered by a dedicated professoriate and especially active cohort of newer faculty. AAHD is also working to take advantage of the immense opportunities made possible by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.


AAHD will enhance its own reputation by offering outstanding degree programs supported by state of the art facilities and integrated co-curricular programming. It will be known for having a strong sense of community and a curriculum that promotes the practice and study of the most enduring creative media, innovation using the latest technology, and the investigation of the rich intersections between them.


Students at all levels will engage their future professions through exhibitions, internships, fieldwork, residencies, and study away/abroad experiences. The AAHD faculty will not only be leaders in their fields, but committed educators, whose accomplishments across the mission will be rewarded and complemented by an active, widely recognized visiting artist/scholar series. Faculty and students will share their work with the campus, regional, and global audiences through programming at highly visible venues. AAHD will attract the brightest and most creative students and work tirelessly to ensure access and support for all who are qualified.


Within 3–5 years, AAHD will be further establishing itself as a leader among art and design programs at peer institutions in the areas of community engagement, global awareness, integration of cutting-edge technologies across discipline boundaries, and creative problem-solving appropriate for addressing the next generation of issues not yet even defined. AAHD will work to focus its strengths of a vibrant History of Art faculty with an international contemporary art emphasis, a Studio Art faculty working on the forefront of contemporary art theory across diverse media spanning the most enduring to the most cutting-edge, and a Design faculty concentrated on preparing future problem-solvers for the next generation of issues of communication, sustainability, social responsibility, and function.




1)    Increase grant activity. AAHD will actively seek new grant opportunities for outreach initiatives made possible with the establishment of the new off-campus gallery. Studio Art faculty are being strongly encouraged to investigate grant opportunities that may fund graduate students in conjunction with faculty research.


2)    Continue to build on high professional placement rates of undergraduate and graduate programs in Graphic Design and undergraduate programs in Apparel & Textile Design and Art Education. Through the successful and often prestigious placement of interns and student teachers, the high visibility of the new BFA in Graphic Design, the experiential learning opportunities of Design Center, SmART, and The Fashion Show, and the reinvigorated engagement with alumni working in the field, these programs will continue to raise the bar on the quality and quantity of the placement of its graduates.


3)    Continue to build on existing strength of publication/exhibition activity of faculty. Taking advantage of the recent re-instituting of a peer review committee in AAHD, the department will continue its progress to advance a culture of high performance and to prioritize research dissemination in the most prestigious venues. Faculty will work in collaboration with the department chair to develop a strategic plan to continue positive momentum in prestigious research dissemination.


4)    The department will continue to focus recruiting efforts to increase diversity and excellence of a student body that is passionate about the study of art and design among a community of leading professional artists, designers, and scholars at Michigan State University. Future plans include, but are not limited to: a “Day of Art & Design,” a high school art exhibition at (SCENE) Metrospace, a high school portfolio review day, community workshops, and new website content highlighting AAHD faculty, curriculum, alumni, and other opportunities.



Chris Corneal, Chairperson

Department of Art, Art History, and Design