Announcement: UNT Promotions & Tenure in CVAD!

Great news from the UNT Board of Regents! Congratulations on the well-deserved promotions in CVAD!

Rachel Black

Rachel Black, Principal Lecturer

Alumna 2006, M.F.A., Studio Art: Drawing and Painting

“Rachel has played a significant role in reshaping and creating currency in the Foundation program," said Dean Greg Watts. "This work is critical. These courses are the lifeblood of the college and her dedication and focus in both teaching and service to the area is commendable. Congratulations!”

“It is an honor to receive this promotion," said Black. "The opportunity for advancement as a lecturer is an indication of the value given to teaching as a professional pursuit at CVAD. I started teaching at UNT as a graduate student assistant in 2003. This fall will be my 19th year at UNT. Our amazing students keep me motivated and inspired every semester."

"This achievement is a milestone in your career and one that we are particularly honored to recognize," wrote President Neal Smatresk in a letter to Black.


Christian Fagerlund

Christian Fagerlund, Principal Lecturer

“With a significant record of achievement for his exquisite figurative artwork, Christian repeatedly has provided wisdom to numerous students in support of their learning in the Drawing and Painting program," said Dean Watts. "Congratulations!”

“I am truly honored. It is a privilege to work with colleagues that I deeply respect, along with the talented and dedicated students CVAD attracts,” said Fagerlund.

"Your accomplishments reflect upon your commitment to your discipline, your students and UNT, and all of us are so very proud of you," wrote Smatresk.


Liss LaFleur

Liss LaFleur, Associate Professor with tenure

Alumna: B.A., 2011, Art History, and B.F.A., 2011, Studio Art: Photography

Dean Watts: “It is clear that Liss is evolving rapidly and gaining powerful endorsements for the artwork she makes — and for the worthy questions asked through that artwork. Congratulations!”

“It is a privilege and brings me great joy to earn tenure as a New Media artist at the University of North Texas," said LaFleur. "This is the first tenured position in this discipline at UNT, and it demonstrates an institutional dedication to art and technology-based practices, queer art, and interdisciplinary research. As an alumna, I am also grateful for the influence of my mentors and colleagues, and I look forward to many more years among a dedicated and richly talented community.”

"Tenure is earned by performance exceptional enough to receive the approval of senior colleagues, external reviewers, and university administrators. Your accomplishments reflect upon your commitment to your discipline, your students and UNT, and all of us are so very proud of you," wrote Smatresk.

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