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For Immediate Release


 Eric Davis, Marketing & Communications Director
505.424.2351, or 
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
Announces Faculty Promotions
Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane) 
Names Three to New Positions   

SANTA FE: April 15, 2020

IAIA Acamedic Dean  Charlene Teters (Spokane) has announced new positions for three members of the IAIA faculty.
The Academic Dean appoints:

·   Dr.  Porter Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo), Associate Academic Dean
·   Dr. Lara M. Evans  (Cherokee Nation),  Interim Director of the 
          Research Center
·   Russel Stolins, Interim Director of On-Line Learning
Dr. Porter Swentzell

Associate Academic Dean
Dr. Swentzell , holds the rank of Associate Professor of Indigenous Liberal Studies and serves as the Department Chair. His Doctorate is in Justice Studies from Arizona State University and he also holds a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in history and political science. He will begin his new role as Associate Academic Dean immediately assisting the Academic Dean with all tasks to get ready for the next academic year.

Dr. Lara Evans

Interim Director of the Research Center
Dr. Evans  holds the rank of Associate Professor of Museum Studies. She earned her PhD in Art History at the University of New Mexico, specializing in Native American art as contemporary art history. Lara will continue her work as Associate Professor and the Program Director for the IAIA Artist in Residency Program which brings 12-14 Native Artist to campus for residencies.

Russel Stollins

Interim Director of On-Line Learning
Russel Stolins (MA, Educational Technology) is an educator and author with nearly 40 years of experience in technology, education and textbook publishing. He started designing online courses in 1999. He has taught Technical Communications and Business Communications online and in the classroom. Russel is also the Editorial Co-Director of the AAEEBL ePortfolio Review; an online academic journal.

Dean Teters had this to say: " IAIA is in good hands with this next generation of creative leadership. I look forward to working with them in their new roles."

To arrange an interview with any of the new faculty, please contact Eric Davis at 505.424.2351, or .

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Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, and Performing Arts -- an MFA in Creative Writing -- along with certificates in Business and EntrepreneurshipMuseum Studies, and Native American Art History -- IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves 495 full time equivalent (FTE) Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe.  IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission -- and is the only college in New Mexico accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

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