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Grace Hampton and Steven Rubin appointed to SoVA administrative roles

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Former Penn State administrator and faculty member Grace Hampton, who held a variety of positions in the arts and administration at the University before her retirement in 2014, has been appointed interim director of the School of Visual Arts for January–June 2020. Barbara Korner made the appointment before her retirement on December 31, 2019. She also appointed Steven Rubin, associate professor of art (photography), to serve as assistant director, January 2020–June 2021.

“With decades of experience as an educator and administrator at Penn State, including a previous stint as director of the School of Visual Arts, Grace Hampton is uniquely qualified to take on this interim role,” said Korner before her retirement. “In addition, the appointment of Steven Rubin, also a longtime faculty member, through June 2021 will ensure efficient and effective leadership until a permanent director is hired.”

B. Stephen Carpenter II, dean of the College of Arts and Architecture effective January 1, said SoVA is fortunate to have Hampton and Rubin to serve in these administrative roles.

“I appreciate Dr. Hampton’s willingness to accept the invitation to serve as interim director. Her experience as past director of SoVA and her leadership in other administrative roles at Penn State make her particularly well-suited for this role,” Carpenter said. “I am also grateful Professor Rubin, a respected member of the SoVA faculty, has agreed to take on the responsibility of assistant director. His guidance will enable the school to maintain continuity with curriculum matters during the current administrative transition.”

Hampton, professor emerita of art, art education and integrative arts and former affiliate faculty member in African and African American studies, most recently served as senior faculty mentor at Penn State, where she addressed a wide range of issues that impact the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty.

In addition to previously serving as director of the School of Visual Arts, Hampton served as executive assistant to the provost for development of the arts and head of the African and African American studies department at Penn State. She received a Fulbright Specialist grant to support the establishment of a research consortium including Penn State, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi and the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale (both in Ghana). 

Rubin, a Penn State faculty member since 2008, spent more than 20 years as a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer, traveling on assignment in Chile, Cuba, Iraq, Kosovo, Pakistan, Rwanda and Thailand, throughout Central America and across the United States. His photographs have been published in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Time, Newsweekand The Village Voice, in addition to other international and national publications. His work has been exhibited across the United States and in Europe, Asia and Central America. A former Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in northeast India, he is also the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards from institutions across the United States.