IlaSahai Prouty, assistant professor in the Department of Art at Appalachian State University, has been named associate dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Prouty began her new role on January 1, 2017.
Prouty, who received her MFA from the California College of Art and her BA from Brown University, was hired by the College of Fine and Applied Arts in 2009 and has served as both assistant professor and general education coordinator in the Art Department. She is also active in the local, regional and national art community, with installations in various North Carolina spaces as well as in museums and galleries on the east coast.
"I look forward to collaborating with the accomplished faculty and staff of Fine and Applied Arts to help build healthy systems in our college while I work on issues ranging from interdisciplinary initiatives to assessment to diversity,” she shared. “I hope to bring my experiences and perspectives to bear in a way that benefits our amazing students."
Prior to her role with the college, she was a resident artist at the Penland School of Crafts and has served as Art Department chair at the Waring School and as a teacher, curator and advisor at the Governor’s Academy, both in Massachusetts. She has also authored three books about experiential education and has served as a facilitator and curriculum writer.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ila into the role of associate dean,” remarked Phyllis Kloda, dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. “Her dedication to the college, coupled with her previous administrative experiences, make her an excellent fit to serve our students and the university community.”
About the College of Fine and Applied Arts
Appalachian State University’s College of Fine and Applied Arts is a dynamic and innovative group of seven academic departments, bringing together a variety of perspectives, experiences and real-world education to provide unique opportunities for student success. The college has more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate majors. Its departments are Applied Design, Art, Communication, Military Science and Leadership, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, and Theatre and Dance.
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.