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Ward to Become New Head of Art Department

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Dr. Dawn Ward has been selected by the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees to become the new head of the Department of Art on the Russellville campus.

Ward (photographed) will assume her new duties on July 1. She will hold the rank of professor of art.

A graduate of Northeastern State University (Okla.) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism, Ward earned a Master of Arts degree in studio art and a Ph.D. in art education from New York University.

Her prior teaching experience has included time on the faculties at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Northeastern State University, Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire and Becker College in Massachusetts.

At Becker College, Ward taught courses in art history and graphic design. She served on the academic planning committee at Becker College and developed a Bachelor of Fine Arts program in digital media.

Ward's professional experience in the fields of advertising and promotion includes work as a graphic designer, media/print coordinator and art director.

She edited a volume of early works by Jack Kerouac entitled "The Sea is My Brother: The Lost Novel," which was published by Penguin Classics of the United Kingdom in November 2011. Ward presented the work to scholars at the Center for Kerouac Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in March 2012.

A past presenter in the "Artists Talk on Art" series at SOHO20 Gallery in New York City, Ward was among twenty participants from across the country selected to participate in a seminar fellowship entitled "Living With Art in Renaissance and Baroque Europe" at the High Museum in Atlanta, Ga., during June 2011.

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