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Academic Affairs Staff & Faculty Changes

I am pleased to share news of some changes to Academic Affairs staff and several new appointments for the upcoming academic year.

Please join me in congratulating staff on their promotions and in welcoming the extraordinary new hires to our community.

Wishing you all the very best this summer.

Robert Ransick

Vice President of Academic Affairs


Alex Mitchell has been promoted to Assistant Director of Online Learning.

Ellen Mueller, Director of the MFA program, has added Associate Professor to her role.

Naomi Sack has been promoted to Director of Academic Administration.

Lafe Smith, Director of the MA in Graphic and Web Design, has added the role of Interim Director of Online Learning as we search for a new Director.

In an effort to better serve students and faculty, the Service Bureau and Media Center are now within Academic Affairs.

Dr. Patience Lueth has been appointed as Director of Foundation Studies and Professor, Foundation Studies. She will begin July 1, 2021.

With 20 years of teaching experience in design, Dr. Patience Lueth has strengthened the art and design classroom by using pedagogical design processes such as learning assessment, curriculum design and rubric construction to enhance teaching and learning. Dr. Lueth has taught courses in architecture, design studies, and interdisciplinary art and design that have sharpened student skills and focused on drawing, 3D design, conceptual development, reflective practices, and community engagement. Through these courses, Dr. Lueth’s students have produced commissioned work and exhibited in the community. 

As the director of a first-year design course that enrolls over 400 students, Dr. Lueth has unified colleagues towards the common goal of student success through program development and intentional exhibition. Under Dr. Lueth’s leadership, a runway exhibition - “The Wearables Design Show”- was created involving the joint effort of students, staff and faculty from multiple departments and colleges. During her tenure as director, the course projects were shaped into a well-balanced play between 2D design, visual art and multi-media representation. 

Dr. Lueth has led workshops that introduce students to beginning art and design and served as a judge for various design competitions that encourage design thinking in the k-12 arena. She has been a guest reviewer for first-year architecture design, presented at national conferences on design learning, and has peer reviewed several scholarly works. She has served on committees at the institutional, departmental and collegiate level that created programs focused on enhancing learning communities, curriculum change, student affairs, diversity, work-life balance, and peer mentoring.

Dr. Lueth is a recipient of several awards in teaching, achievement, and leadership. She earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis in higher education, a Masters of Science in Architectural Studies, and Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University. Dr. Lueth is honored to be a scholar, educator, mentor, and visionary, lifted by the support of her husband and five children.

“I am looking forward to working with a team of leaders in art and design who bring great value to the foundations program at MCAD. I recognize the positive impact that art and design has in society and the community, even at the first-year level. I am eager to be a part of MCAD, as we move towards building an amazing foundations program together. Thank you for welcoming me to this jewel!”


Regan Golden-McNerney has been appointed as Assistant Professor, Fine Arts department, and will be teaching primarily in the Fine Arts Studio area.

Regan Golden depicts ecological change in the American landscape using drawing materials and altered photographs. Golden's collages and cut-paper installations have been exhibited in solo and group shows at Harvard University's Fisher Forestry Museum, The Cue Foundation in New York City, The Soo Visual Art Center in Minneapolis, and The Midwest Photographers Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Golden has received numerous grants and fellowships, including The Core Program Fellowship in Critical Studies at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant and a Long-term Ecological Research Grant in the Arts from The National Science Foundation. Golden is a 2020/21 recipient of the MN State Arts Board Creative Support for Individuals Grant and the Next Step Fund Grant.  As a writer, Golden focuses on how urban landscapes are seen and experienced, her recent publications are “Collage As A Way of Living” in MARCH: Journal of Art & Strategy and “Seeing Plants: Vision and Botany in Contemporary Art” in MnArtists/Walker Art Center Online Magazine. Golden received a BA in History & Studio Art from Grinnell College and an MFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee.


Dr. Cristin McKnight Sethi has been appointed as Visiting Faculty in Art History, Liberal Arts department.

Cristin McKnight Sethi is currently on leave from her position as an assistant professor of Art History at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University (GW). She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley (2015) and a Master’s in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin (2008). Her research and teaching interests focus on South and Southeast Asia and include the study of textiles and vernacular art, the intersection of gender and practices of making, networks of circulation and exchange, and histories of colonialism and British imperialism. Prior to joining the faculty at GW, Cristin taught at the California College of the Arts and at Colorado College. She has held curatorial and research positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the UCLA Fowler Museum, the Asian Art Museum San Francisco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Cristin's current book project examines gender, labor, and hand embroidery in Punjab during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Thursday, June 10