Dean's perspective: Matthew Seeger

Wayne State University has always been a distinct institution. Our location and urban mission allow us to have a fundamental relevance that is unlike many other universities. WSU is distinct in having programs of research and scholarship that address basic issues and problems associated with urban contexts. It is a place where we embrace broad notions of what constitutes excellence. In my experience, it is this last attribute that makes WSU such an interesting place to work, discover and learn.

At Wayne State, the choreographer, director, composer, painter, filmmaker and social scientist is appreciated as much as is the chemist, biologist and engineer. Beyond being appreciated, arts and humanities scholars and social scientists are increasingly treated as partners in the process of discovery and learning. We expand the relevance of our research and scholarship by embracing multiple approaches to creating new knowledge.

The arts and communication help the university engage the community in positive and rewarding ways. The Hilberry Theatre, MovingMedia International Student Film Festival, Mondays at the Max with Wayne State concert series, and the Elaine L. Jacob and Art Department Galleries are places where the community engages with WSU. More than 100,000 patrons attend at least one of our events each year. Moreover, these events are resources for Wayne State faculty, staff, students and alumni to experience and explore. If you have not taken advantage of these, I encourage you to do so.

Students in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts are committed, creative and, like all Wayne State students, bring true Detroit grit to their education. This makes us distinct. Whether working at WAYN Radio or The South End newspaper, installing art in the galleries, dancing on the Bonstelle stage or performing at the Detroit International Jazz Festival, our students make Wayne State a more beautiful, interesting and unique place.


Matthew W. Seeger
Professor and Dean
College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts

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