MORAGA, Calif. (June 17, 2011) -Saint Mary's College of California announces the appointment of Richard Carp as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academics. Carp was selected after an extensive national search and is recognized for his exceptional academic experience, scholarship and leadership in higher education. His appointment is effective July 1, 2011.
Currently the Interim Chair of the Department of Art at Appalachian State University (ASU), Carp has also chaired the Departments of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at ASU. His extensive academic experience includes serving as Chair of The School of Visual Art at Northern Illinois University, Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Art Institute of Southern California.
"We are very fortunate to have an esteemed academic administrator and scholar such as Dr. Carp join Saint Mary's College. He will bring insight from more than 25 years of administrative experience in higher education as well as a stellar record of commitment to the liberal arts and spiritual development of students," said Provost Beth Dobkin.
An accomplished scholar and teacher, Carp has published essays on religion and material culture, and teaching materials for film, art, and world religions in academic books such as "Teaching Religion and Film," and "The Politics of Interdisciplinary Studies." Additionally, the forthcoming book, "Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion" includes a chapter by Carp on religion and material culture.
Carp is also a seasoned theatre performer, having directed or acted in productions as diverse as "Hamlet," "Oedipus," and "Sea Marks."
Carp said he is delighted to join the College and participate in its distinctive traditions of transformative learning through shared inquiry and enriching students through community and civic engagement. "Saint Mary's College has a long and distinguished history in the Lasallian tradition, integrating religion, action for social justice in solidarity with the poor, and liberal arts as the arts of freedom," said Carp. "I look forward to collaborating with Saint Mary's faculty, staff and administration in realizing the College's mission and vision today and in the future."
Carp received his Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, a Master of Arts in Religion and Art from the Pacific School of Religion, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University.