Shannon to Resign as Dean of UA Architecture School

by Jan Cottingham  on Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013 8:58 am  

Jeff Shannon will resign May 15 as dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. The UA says it will appoint an interim dean soon.

Jeff Shannon, the dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, has announced that he will resign as dean on May 15 to return to teaching, the UA said Tuesday in a press release.

The university noted that the renovation of the Vol Walker Hall and the Steven L. Anderson Design Center addition, which will house the Architecture School, were nearing completion.

However, just a few months ago, in December, the UA announced that Shannon had been reappointed to a five-year term as dean of the Architecture School.

The university did not immediately respond to questions about Shannon's departure. Arkansas Business will update this story.

The Fay Jones School of Architecture has received positive recognition in the last few years, including notice in the November/December issue of DesignIntelligence. In a survey conducted by the Design Futures Council, the Fay Jones School tied for No. 1 in the nation in the Top for Regional Respect and Admiration category.

“I am proud of the accomplishments made by the Fay Jones School of Architecture during my tenure as dean,” Shannon, who has been dean since 2000, said in Tuesday's release. “I have been fortunate to have been surrounded by talented and dedicated colleagues. The school, with the new building addition and renovation, is poised to reach even greater heights in the future.”

An interim dean will be named soon, the UA said.

“Jeff and his strong faculty and staff in the Fay Jones School of Architecture have earned an international reputation for academic excellence and creative work,” said Provost Sharon Gaber. “Chancellor Gearhart and I are committed to appointing a leader who will continue the school’s tradition of excellence in the design professions.”

Shannon will teach one seminar course this fall and will return to the classroom full time next year. He'll also continue to serve as the executive editor of the collaborative publishing venture between the school and the University of Arkansas Press.

“One of the main motivations for this decision was my missing teaching,” Shannon said. “I always promised myself that I would end my career teaching. It’s my first love and the reason I came to the university in the first place. I’ve tried to teach one course a year since I’ve been dean and that’s always been one of the highlights of each semester. So I wanted to make sure I had the chance to teach again fulltime while I still had the energy and enthusiasm to do it well.”

Shannon is the fourth dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture.



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