According to Temple University President Richard M. Englert, Susan E. Cahan has been appointed dean of Tyler School of Art, which will become effective on July 1.
Cahan currently serves as associate dean for the arts at Yale College, Yale University’s undergraduate liberal arts college. She will follow Hester Stinnett, who has been Tyler’s interim dean since September of 2015.
“Hester has served the Tyler School of Art faithfully for more than three decades, including multiple stints as interim or acting dean,” Provost JoAnne A. Epps said. “Tyler would not have established the momentum that has defined the school in recent years without her guiding hand.”
Cahan’s portfolio at Yale College includes academic programs, co-curricular initiatives, fundraising, budgets, facilities, and public programs. Her research focuses on the relationship between artistic and social change.
“Tyler is a school with a purpose,” Cahan said. “I am inspired by Tyler’s bold vision of cultural production as aesthetically and socially transformative action, and I am thrilled to join a creative community in which faculty, students and their collaborative partners pursue this vision with passion and skill.”
Tyler School of Art is ranked No. 15 among American fine arts graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report. Several programs are in the top 10, including glass, printmaking, and painting and drawing. The school’s expanding curriculum was accompanied by a new building in 2009.
“Tyler is also a school with a place,” she continued. “Tyler’s engagement with Philadelphia, one of the world’s most vibrant arts centers—especially its engagement with the North Philadelphia community—puts the school in a unique position of strength. I look forward to experiencing the power of this relationship first hand.”