Belmont University has recently announced that Dr. Jane Duncan has been named as the University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts Associate Dean, a new position that was recently created. Duncan will begin her new role July 1.
Coming to Belmont from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Duncan has worked as a theatre educator for many years and with many populations including students ranging in age from 4- to 90-years-old. While at NSU, she served the institution as the Director of Accreditation, on a Department of Education Title V Grant and most recently, as Executive Director of Assessment and Accreditation. She was also recognized with the Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011.
In addition to her 12 years at NSU, Duncan has held appointments at the University of Central Arkansas and Barry University. She has experience working within academic affairs, program review, assessment of student learning outcomes, curriculum and faculty development and oversight of compliance with regional, specialized and accrediting standards. Duncan holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from Florida State University, an MFA in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in Theatre from the University of Dayton.
Duncan said, “I am thrilled to join the Belmont community and combine my academic credentials (theatre) and recent professional experiences (assessment and accreditation) to serve the students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. I felt so comfortable and welcomed when I visited campus in January and look forward to building on the practices and traditions that have already been established. I eagerly anticipate working with students, faculty and staff in upholding the mission, vision and values at Belmont.”
In her new role on Belmont’s campus as Associate Dean, Duncan will focus on accreditation, curriculum and assessment. She will serve as a collaborative leader among various departments, working to develop and implement academic curricula, procedures and processes pertaining to curriculum development, accreditation reporting and planning, assessment and assurance-of-learning activities, student advising and faculty development.
Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Dr. Stephen Eaves said, “Dr. Duncan brings a perfect mix of academic, teaching and arts experiences to our campus. We know that her engaging personality, creativity and passion will greatly benefit all.”