College of The Arts Dean Appointed

James S. Moy’s global leadership experience extends from Hong Kong to Canada.


By Kevin Burke

Special to USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 13, 2011) — From eastern Canada to the west coast of Florida, James S. Moy will join the University of South Florida in summer 2012 as the new dean of the College of The Arts.


Moy leaves Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, among the world’s most important art and design schools, to assume leadership of the College of The Arts in fulfilling its charge of challenging and inspiring students and faculty to make significant contributions to the arts.


Comprised of the Schools of Art and Art History, Theater and Dance, Music, Architecture and Community Design as well as the Institute for Art Research, including the Contemporary Art Museum and Graphicstudio, the college enrolls more than 1,200 undergraduates and 270 graduate students, conferring nearly 250 degrees from baccalaureate to doctoral level annually. Among the latest advances for the college is a new $47 million All-Steinway Music Building opened last spring.


Currently serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs and research at NSCAD, Moy’s leadership and oversight responsibilities extend across all academic and research enterprises. His current portfolio includes supervising the deans and directors of undergraduate and graduate studies, recruitment, student services, extended studies, research, and the registrar. He also oversees the college’s vast array of world-class support facilities, including libraries, visual archives, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Press.


“USF’s College of The Arts aspires to national and global recognition as a center for study, creation, and research across the myriad of disciplines,” said Provost Ralph Wilcox. “In order to reach that goal, we must continue to provide an innovative and exciting environment in which to prepare the next generation of architects, artists, designers, educators, performers and scholars, while engaging and enriching the Tampa Bay community’s dynamic and diverse cultural landscape.


“In addition to his proven success as an academic administrator, Professor Moy brings international expertise in studio-based learning and practice-based research,” Wilcox added. “We are thrilled that he has chosen to bring his many talents to USF and look forward to welcoming him to campus.”


Prior to his tenure at Nova Scotia, Moy was dean and professor in the faculty of art at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto and earlier served as dean and professor in the School of Creative Media of the City University of Hong Kong. He also served as dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico.


Dr. Moy began his higher education career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was promoted to chair and professor in the Department of Theater and Drama after rising through the professional ranks. While at UW-M, Moy gained particular notice for his efforts in support of diversity issues, including organizing and guiding a fundraising campaign that generated $1.5 million toward the establishment of the Lorraine Hansberry Professorship for a visiting professor of color. He also has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Northwestern University, and the University of Oregon.


“The arts engage and express the highest aspirations of any society.  Within this context, I am truly excited at the opportunity to lead the University of South Florida’s College of The Arts and to facilitate the great work of its talented students, faculty, and staff,” said Moy. He noted further, “The University of South Florida aims to be a global presence in academia, and I feel that its arts programs can figure prominently in this trajectory.”


A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in art and a master’s in theater, Moy earned his Ph.D. in cultural studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, the Association for Asian American Studies, the National Association of Schools of Theater and the American Drama Society, among other professional affiliations.


USF’s College of The Arts is one of 14 colleges and schools on the main Tampa campus. It is continually developing as a distinguished metropolitan-based center for learning and research in the arts as well as exploring new forms of artistic expression and examining contemporary perspectives within the arts. Faculty and students critically investigate and sustain the ideas, traditions, and practices in which the present is grounded through a full range of educational experiences; students are prepared to create, perform, present, teach, and understand through the arts.


Kevin Burke can be reached at 813-974-0192.