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MICA Appoints David Bogen as its Next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Bogen brings 20 years of diverse experiences in higher education to the College

Posted 03.17.15 by MICA Communications

David Bogen.

BALTIMORE -- MICA announces the appointment of David Bogen, Ph.D., as the College's next provost and vice president for academic affairs, beginning in August 2015. Dr. Bogen brings 20 years of diverse experiences in higher education program development, research strategies, partnership building and internationalization to MICA. He currently serves as vice president academic and provost at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. He previously served as the associate provost for academic affairs at the Rhode Island School of Design and as the executive director of the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College in Boston. His appointment underscores the College's push to develop programs that cross creative boundaries, embrace multiple media platforms and become educational models of the 21st century.

"Dr. David Bogen has distinguished himself as an interdisciplinary scholar and innovative educator adept at creating a rich interface between the arts, design, hard and social sciences, humanities and technology. His vision and skills are uniquely aligned with MICA's surging academic leadership in groundbreaking curricular design," said MICA President Samuel Hoi. "At MICA, we aggressively find new ways to honor traditions while expanding the stage for artists and designers to engage, contribute and succeed in society culturally, socially and economically. Leading our already trailblazing faculty, he will contribute powerfully to delivering educational outcomes that position today's art and design students to be shapers of tomorrow."

A social theorist and philosopher of language by training, Dr. Bogen has broad experience in pioneering interdisciplinary programs based on diverse pedagogical models, including project-, studio- and community-based approaches and the integration of digital media in instruction. He was also instrumental in the development of major research initiatives and partnerships at his former institutions involving health design, social practice, art and science collaborations, digital fabrication and materials analysis.

Dr. Bogen's passion for community outreach attracted him to MICA, where he believes the institution's commitment to sustained community-based research and education is a model for other institutions.

"I believe deeply that MICA is poised to lead a transformation of the purposes and pedagogy of higher education, a transformation that recognizes our connections to the communities that surround us and of which we are a part," Dr. Bogen said. "I look forward to working collectively with the College's extraordinary faculty, staff, students, alumni and institutional partners to continue MICA's tradition of building innovative programs that are bold and relevant, foster creativity and prepare our students for careers in the emerging economy."

At Emily Carr University, he worked with colleagues to develop and implement a multi-year enrollment strategy, institutional strategies for expanding international student recruitment and a multi-year faculty recruitment plan with the strategic goal of diversifying the full-time faculty and growing their numbers by 15 percent. He also led the successful recruitment process for two new Canada Research Chairs, part of a program to attract the world's most accomplished minds to achieve research excellence at universities in Canada.

Dr. Bogen holds a B.A. in philosophy from Macalester College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology from Boston University. He is the author of Order Without Rules: Critical Theory and the Logic of Conversation (SUNY Press: 1999) and the co-author of The Spectacle of History: Speech, Text, and Memory at the Iran-Contra Hearings (Duke University Press, 1996). His most recent work explores social, organizational and perceptual issues in the design of emerging media environments.

In his new role at MICA, Dr. Bogen will serve as the chief academic officer, responsible for all aspects of the development and delivery of educational programs, including curricula, faculty, facilities and budget, and ensuring and supporting the achievement and fulfillment of academic excellence across all disciplines of the College. He will succeed retiring provost Ray Allen.

Dr. Bogen is married to Pamela Spatz, M.D., an emergency room physician and medical director, and has two adult children.

Image caption: David Bogen.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.