Central Michigan Life – College of Arts and Media Dean Candidate Jefferson Campbell discusses retention and merging of departments


Jefferson Campbell discussed retention and merging of departments at the second forum as part of the ongoing research of the upcoming Dean of the College of Arts and Media at Central Michigan University.

Campbell spoke to students and faculty on November 30 in the Staples Family concert hall of the Music Building during the second of four Applicant Forums.

Currently, Campbell works at the University of Minnesota where he has held several positions since 2005. He is Professor of Bassoon and was Head of the Music Department, Acting Associate Dean of the School of Fine Arts, Acting Associate Dean of the College. of Liberal Arts and Acting Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, a position he has held since July 2021.

“I am very aware of the challenges facing your campus,” said Campbell. “I am not afraid of signing up. I have a solid background in recruitment and retention, it’s something that fascinates me. “

Campbell said a lot of retention helps all students feel comfortable and welcome. He stressed the importance of emphasizing diversity, equity and inclusion within the college.

“Part of retention with first (and) second year retention creates opportunities for students to feel right at home, especially during the first two weeks they are on campus,” Campbell said. . “It involves certain social events (and) it also involves making them feel like they are part of a cohort within their own academic discipline.”

In addition to retention, Campbell spoke about his experience with merging departments. He had already participated in the merger of departments and colleges. He discussed how CMU could make departments work more together.

“One of the cool things is the sheer amount of potential things you’re already doing with each of your students in the individual programs,” Campbell said. “When I passed by the Broadcasting and Communicative Arts Center and saw the two radio station booths and the video booth, my mind started to go to about a million different places on the way that could be incorporated into one of the other majors. “

Campbell’s forum followed that of Michael Thrasher yesterday. Two more will take place Thursday and Friday this week.


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