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Thursday, June 1 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Our Turn to Learn: Alumni Outreach and What It Can Tell Us

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Making the Case for An Arts Degree: Using Alumni Feedback to Improve Advocacy, Pedagogy and Institutional Decision-Making
Sally Gaskill, Larry Epstein

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) has collected, analyzed, and reported on educational and career data from arts graduates of more than 300 institutions in North America. While SNAAP was not meant to be an advocacy organization, its data can inform us about employment trends and overall satisfaction of people with degrees in the arts and arts administration. This session will (1) demonstrate how SNAAP and other data can be used for advocacy for the arts in higher education, and will include information on trends in arts enrollment and the latest findings from SNAAP; (2) focus on how one institution has begun to use its SNAAP data for institutional improvement, from admissions to curriculum revision to career counseling to alumni relations.

From the Ivory Tower to the Battlefield: Early Careers of Arts Management Graduate Program Alumni
Julie Hawkins, Kathryn Heidemann

This session explores alumni data from graduate arts administration and management programs in two major metropolitan markets in the United States (Philadelphia and Pittsburgh), seeking to understand the early career paths of alumni and the relevance of their academic work to their professional experiences. Case studies of the two graduate programs will explore alumni participation in the profession in the first five to fifteen years following graduation, providing a look at how alumni progress in the field. Their readiness to work and the applicability of academic program content and training to their early career experiences will also be examined. A review of existing academic literature on the subject will help provide context for the case studies and illustrate the need for additional research in this area.

Speakers
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Larry Epstein

Teaching Professor and Department Head, Arts & Entertainment Enterprise, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University
Larry Epstein is a Teaching Professor and Department Head of Arts & Entertainment Enterprise for the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University. He was the Director of the BS in Entertainment & Arts Management (EAM) since the program was launched in 2006 until 2012 when he was promoted to Department Head. From 2003-2006, he was the college's Assistant Dean, where he led the College's strategic planning process and developed strategic partnerships with regional entertainment companies. He has also played an active role in curriculum development and teaches in the college's Television Management graduate program. Larry is a member of several university committees including the Steinbright Career Development... Read More →
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Sally Gaskill

Director, Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, Indiana University Bloomington
Sally Gaskill became Director of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) in 2012, following four years as the project's Associate Director. Based at the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University Bloomington, SNAAP is the nation's largest source of inform... Read More →
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Kathryn Heidemann

Assistant Dean of Arts & Entertainment Management, Carnegie Mellon University
Kathryn Heidemann is a senior arts management professional, performing artist, and higher education administrator, currently serving as Assistant Dean of Arts and Entertainment Management at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts and Heinz College of Information Syst... Read More →


Thursday June 1, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
QMU MacKay Room Queen Margaret Dr, Musselburgh EH21 6UU, UK

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