Vision: To be a premiere center for interdisciplinary education in studio art, design, art history, and art education dedicated to creative research and socially engaged practice.

Mission: To promote art and design as a significant means of inquiry, integral to problem-solving and the production of knowledge
To educate students to be empathetic and engaged citizens and to prepare them for careers as creative professionals
To address critical issues facing Georgians and the nation through innovative research in art, art education, and design.

Five-Year Plan for the Lamar Dodd School of Art

GOAL: Enhance Reputation and Visibility Locally and Globally


  • Enhance institutional presence in national and international venues through support for publications, conferences, and exhibitions, etc.
  • Advertise the flexible, interdisciplinary structure of our graduate program of study and opportunities for cross-campus engagement
  • Create a consistent identity system and brand guidelines
  • Improve recruitment through additional publicity and funding
  • Develop a summer continuing education program for high school art teachers
  • Create a downtown presence via a gallery / workspace
  • Improve external communications, including website and PR materials
  • Strengthen alumni connections and community engagemen

GOAL: Enhance Research Excellence


  • Develop initiatives to assist faculty in earning external research support
  • Develop research-oriented initiatives such as colloquia, round-tables, and year-long school-wide thematic inquiry
  • Further recognize and reward research-active faculty
  • Establish graduate research assistantships to aid faculty and to develop student research skills

GOAL: Increase Diversity


  • Develop a long-term plan to enhance diversity among students, faculty, and staff
  • Charge all standing and ad-hoc committees to prioritize diversity in accordance with their mission
  • Identify resources, funding, and opportunities to attract and enhance the experiences of students from underrepresented populations
  • Reach and attract underrepresented audiences through programming, outreach, and new course offerings

GOAL: Foster a Fluid, Sustainable, and Supportive Culture


  • Consolidate all Dodd facilities and areas onto East Campus
  • Improve internal communications and clarify roles of administrators, faculty, and staff
  • Develop and implement effective models for mentoring all faculty, staff, and part-time and graduate instructors
  • Create opportunities within the course schedule for school-wide dialogue and engagement such as guest speakers, workshops, workgroup discussions, and faculty sharing research
  • Streamline, recognize, and compensate faculty administrative work in the various areas of the school
  • Establish departmental awards for excellence in Research, Teaching, and Service
  • Establish centralized, intra-departmental resource-labs for faculty and student use
  • Transform four major spaces (front entrance, atrium, loft, and garden) to increase visibility, cross-disciplinary and collaborative practices among students and faculty

GOAL: Develop a Fluid and Integrative Curriculum and Enhance the Quality and Effectiveness of Instruction


  • Develop courses and programs of study that support interaction between students from different areas of concentration and courses that integrate with other disciplines on campus
  • Support team-taught courses and collaborative projects
  • Streamline curriculum by reducing redundancy, support shared courses between areas, and reduce multi-level courses
  • Support team-taught courses and collaborative projects
  • Periodic review and development of curriculum and graduate programs
  • Create an effective model for assessing and guiding junior faculty, part-time, and graduate instructors
  • Measure the effectiveness of instruction, e.g. through peer review, student learning outcomes assessment
  • Consolidation and organization of online resources related to instructional support
  • Increase opportunities for international teaching and learning experiences