College of Fine Arts, School of Art

School of Art Professor David Taylor has agreed to serve as interim associate dean for faculty affairs for the 2023-24 academic year. His appointment will begin in early August.

As announced at the end of spring semester, our current Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs John Milbauer has left the university to become the Dean of the School of Music at DePaul University in Chicago. 

Milbauer began in that new role on July 1.

Taylor joined the School of Art as a Professor of Photography in 2013, having held previous faculty appointments at New Mexico State University, Linfield College, and the Oregon College of Art and Craft. His groundbreaking work examines place, territory, history, and politics, with a particular focus on the Borderlands. 

Taylor’s artwork has has been widely exhibited, recognized through prestigious honors and awards, and is in the collections of major institutions including the Library of Congress, the MFA Houston, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Portland Art Museum, and the Phoenix Art Museum, among many others. Over the course of his career, he has provided significant service and leadership to a wide range of cultural organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors of MOCA Tucson and on the Advisory Board of the University of Arizona Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry.

In Tucson, Taylor has been particularly engaged with faculty development and evaluation. He has been a member and chair of faculty review committees at the school and college levels, including chairing the College of Fine Arts Promotion and Tenure Committee.

David Taylor in the Borderlands.

You can learn more about David by visiting his faculty webpage.

“I am confident that David will provide outstanding leadership during this interim year, and I very much look forward to working with him and our entire leadership team as we continue to support faculty at all career stages,” said Andy Schulz, dean of the College of Fine Arts in a message to the staff. “As always, please reach out to me directly with any questions you may have about this or any other matter.”