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ISU College of Design names new associate deans

December 17, 2015


Cameron Campbell

AMES, Iowa — Following an internal search, the Iowa State University College of Design has appointed Cameron Campbell to serve as its associate dean for academic programs. Mark Chidister will serve as the new senior associate dean for planning and academic personnel and Kevin Kane as the associate dean for research and outreach.

Campbell, an associate professor of architecture, will oversee the college's undergraduate and graduate academic programs, including international programs, interdisciplinary programs and the first-year Core Design Program.

He will also provide oversight for the Office of Student Services and Programs, including student recruitment and retention activities, career services and learning communities; and coordinate course scheduling, option studios and summer session. Campbell will begin his appointment as associate dean on Jan. 1. He will continue to teach in the architecture department.

Mark Chidister

Associate Professor Mark Chidister, who has served as the college's associate dean for academic programs since July 2014 and interim senior policy adviser since 2012, will become the senior associate dean for planning and academic personnel.

This new position will facilitate collegewide strategic planning and assessment; support departments in matters pertaining to academic personnel and faculty development; oversee budgets and budget planning with the college’s fiscal officer; provide continuity in the daily operation of the Dean's Office and serve as the dean in his absence. Chidister also will begin his appointment on Jan. 1.

Kevin Kane has served as the college's associate dean for research and associate director of the Institute for Design Research and Outreach (IDRO) since March 2013. Following the retirement of Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach Tim Borich in September, his duties also now encompass college outreach and distance education.

Kevin Kane

Kane oversees the daily operations of IDRO, which include supervising College of Design research and outreach support staff, supporting the college's research centers and directing the ISU Geographic Information Systems Support and Research Facility. He also serves as the primary liaison for the college’s extension activities.

Campbell joined the Iowa State faculty in 1999 as a temporary assistant professor of architecture. He moved into a tenure-track assistant professor position in 2003 and was promoted to associate professor in 2009. He has served as the faculty adviser for the DATUM Student Journal of Architecture since 2000 and has held many roles working with the architecture curriculum, including chair of the departmental curriculum committee. He has co-taught an interdisciplinary option studio for the past four years.

Campbell served on the College of Design's Academic Affairs Council from 2010 to 2015, including three years as chair, when he also served on the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee. He led development of the Design Studies 132X Digital Media Foundations course and developed the ARCH 230 Design Communications course. He was part of an interdisciplinary faculty team that received an ISU Miller Faculty Fellowship in 2005-2006 to develop Design Studies 230X: An Introduction to Digital Design Media course.

Chidister joined the ISU faculty in 1981 as an assistant professor of landscape architecture and was promoted to associate professor in 1988. His many leadership positions include interim chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture from 1992 to 1994, associate dean for academic programs in the College of Design from 1995 to 2001, and assistant to the president for budget planning and analysis from 2001 to 2006. He returned to the College of Design in 2006 to teach in the integrated studio arts department.

Kane began his Iowa State career in 1997 as the director of the ISU GIS Facility and an adjunct assistant professor of landscape architecture. He also served as ISU assistant director of academic information technologies from 2001-2005 and director of research in the College of Design before becoming associate dean for research in 2012. He previously served as GIS coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for 12 years and taught GIS courses as an adjunct professor at Drake University.

Luis Rico-Gutierrez, Design Administration, (515) 294-7428,
Cameron Campbell, Design Administration, (515) 294-8881,
Mark Chidister, Design Administration, (515) 294-5158,
Kevin Kane, Design Administration, (515) 294-0526,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,