I am pleased to share that Alain Frogley has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the School of Fine Arts. Alain has served in the Dean’s Office for the school since 2014 as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Research, and Creative Practices.
As associate dean, Alain has been closely involved with a number of key initiatives, including the development of the STEAM Innovation Grant and the School of Fine Arts Anti-racism Research Grant, the establishment of the Krenicki Arts and Engineering Institute, accreditation reviews, graduate curriculum development, tenure and CIRE review processes, and the school’s COVID response. This appointment is effective June 1, 2022.
Alain is highly respected within the school and across the University for his ability to collaborate and form innovative, interdisciplinary partnerships. He has worked closely with every academic department and arts venue in the school, and has been a leader in expanding our research productivity. He has worked on several key initiatives around policies and procedures and will be able to step seamlessly into this new role.
Alain is a musicologist specializing in the 19th and 20th centuries. He has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate music history courses; these include the large general education course Popular Music and Diversity in American Society, which he developed with Emeritus Professor Glenn Stanley in 2010, and which has since been taken by thousands of UConn students. He has published widely on 20th-century British and American music and on Beethoven, focusing on compositional processes, reception, and cultural contexts, and including topics ranging from racial discourses in American music criticism to the relationship of music and the modern metropolis. He is a leading authority on the British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, on whom he has published three books and numerous articles and book chapters, and has made a number of programs for the BBC’s national arts and culture network, Radio 3. He has been a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and a Hewlett Teaching Fellow, and in 2008 was Visiting Professor at Yale University.
Please join me in welcoming Alain to this new role. I look forward to partnering with him in the leadership of the School of Fine Arts and the broader academic mission at UConn.
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs