Adrian College Announces New Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Carissa Massey Named AC Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Carissa Massey, professor of art history and chair for the department of history and art history, has been named Dean of Graduate Studies according to Dr. Andrea Milner, the College’s Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs.

“Dr. Massey brings with her a wealth of institutional and professional experience,” Dr. Milner said. “Graduate Studies will thrive under Dr. Massey’s supervision.  Her liberal arts pedigree will enrich current programs and well equip us to build new ones.

Dr. Massey joined the Adrian College faculty in 2007 after teaching at Bemidji State University in Minnesota.  She earned her PhD in art history and aesthetics from Ohio University in 2009.  From 2009 to 2012 she served as the Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program.  And from 2012 to 2017 she was chair of the Department of History and Art History.   Her campus work has included service on numerous committees and leadership in campus-wide assessment initiatives, including training faculty on constructing program assessments and using course management systems to assess student learning.  She also served as a faculty peer reviewer at Adrian College and has chaired a number of campus committees, including the Assessment Committee.  As professor of art history, she has taught over twenty five courses over the course of ten years.  Many courses included service learning projects such as rebuilding homes in the coalfields of southern West Virginia and producing research about Michigan women artists for public school art teachers.  

Since joining Adrian College, Massey has received four teaching awards recognizing her outstanding teaching practice and highlighting her support for students with disabilities and mentoring of first-generation college students.  Her research is in Appalachian Studies and she has presented twenty papers to national conferences such as the American Studies Association and the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association National Conference.  She has published four articles about art, identity, and stereotypes of Appalachians in American visual culture. 

As dean of graduate studies, Dr. Massey will preside over the growth and expansion of the College’s six 4+1 master’s degree programs: accounting, athletic training; industrial chemistry; criminal justice; education curriculum, instruction and assessment; and sport administration and leadership. Dr. Massey says she’s honored to be selected for the position and excited to begin her new duties.  

“AC’s Graduate Studies programs are outstanding.  They offer rigorous, one-on-one learning experiences for professionals and provide contemporary and relevant knowledge to students,” Dr. Massey said. “I will continue to support and promote our current programs as well as expand our Graduate Studies offerings to meet the demands of today’s rapidly changing job market.”