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Scott Named as Interim Dean of the College of Fine Arts

Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit announced the appointment of Madeleine Scott as interim dean of the College of Fine Arts.  

Scott is a professor in and has served as the director of the School of Dance for 15 years. Since 2010, she has also been the interim director of the School of Theater.  

She will replace the current dean, Charles McWeeny, on July 1. After a distinguished administrative career that has spanned 11 years, McWeeny has elected to return to the faculty and his work as an artist and a teacher in the nationally known ceramics program. A national search for a permanent dean will begin in the fall.

In making the announcement, Benoit indicated that the interdisciplinary nature of Scott's leadership and her accomplishments as a professor and a director played a significant role in her selection.  

"In reviewing the work that Madeleine has done, it was clear that she has successfully taken on a number of challenging roles across the college," said Benoit. "Her work has enabled her colleagues and students to pursue their artistic passions. She has the knowledge, the experience, and the motivation necessary to guide the college during the upcoming year."

Scott joined Ohio University in 1980. She received a B.A. in Theater Arts from Loyola Marymount University and a M.A. in dance performance from the University of California-Los Angeles. Scott is the recipient of the University Professor Award and the Ohio Dance Outstanding Teacher Award. In 2011, she was selected to participate in the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration.

As an artist, Scott has been a soloist with Douglas Nielsen Dance Company, the Manuel Alum Dance Company, and Dance/LA. She has choreographed over twenty dance works, including a dance video and site-specific works performed at venues across the country.  

Her research centers on movement analysis both from an artistic and a behavioral perspective. In particular, Scott has used motion capture to study movement sequences created by Rudolph Laban, a movement theorist and major figure in the development of Modern Dance. She also studies Movement Pattern Analysis (MPA), which uses the disciplined analysis of nonverbal behavior to understand how individuals approach decision-making. Scott's work on MPA has focused on its potential contributions in academic teaching, learning, and administrative environments.  

During her time at Ohio University, Scott helped to found the Chairs and Directors Council. She has served on Faculty Senate, the Budget Planning Council, and an extensive number of university-wide task forces and planning committees. She has been equally active within the college with her most recent work focused on the Future of the College Committee, which produced a plan for restructuring the college. The plan, which Scott will help implement as interim dean, creates an organizational model that will allow new opportunities for growth and collaboration for students, faculty and staff across disciplines.

Scott stated that she was looking forward to the opportunity to help the college make progress on its priorities.

"The College of Fine Arts contributes much to the heart of the university and to the vitality of our community through the excellence of its programs, the dedication of its faculty and staff and the achievement of its students and graduates," she said. "I am honored to serve the college as interim dean and excited to work with everyone as we move forward."

The College of Fine Arts was established in 1937. It currently offers three undergraduate degree programs (B.A., B.F.A., B.M.) and four graduate degrees (M.A., M.F.A,, M.M., and Ph.D.). There are 6 schools in the college: Art, Dance, Film, Interdisciplinary Arts, Music, and Theater. In Fall 2011, the college had 797 undergraduate students and 244 graduate students.

On April 14, the college celebrated its 75th anniversary. Benoit reflected on that event in announcing Scott's appointment.  

"The 75th anniversary celebration was magnificent. It illustrated the outstanding work that faculty do as teachers and artists," she said. "Hearing from so many alumni and seeing the work of current students underscored the importance of the college to our mission as a university. I have great confidence that Madeleine, who has done so much to build this legacy of excellence, will advance it during her term as interim dean."