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Press Release : Mar 30, 2017

Jennifer Setlow named Associate Dean of the UF College of the Arts

Gainesville, Fla. March 30, 2017 — Jennifer Setlow has accepted the position of Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs of the University of Florida College of the Arts. Her status as Associate Dean will begin on July 1, 2017. 

As associate dean, Setlow will oversee all undergraduate and graduate curricular matters for the college’s schools and centers including the School of Art + Art History, School of Music, School of Theatre + Dance, Digital Worlds Institute, Center for Arts in Medicine, Center for World Arts, and Center for Arts and Public Policy. She will also oversee student advising and all other student services. Setlow will also direct the college’s work with the affiliate New World School of the Arts in Miami.

“Jennifer’s years of experience at ASU in management and development of curriculum in traditional arts courses as well as interdisciplinary classes, expansion of online course offerings, and strategic planning of the student experience, from their first day on campus to when they walk across the commencement stage, make her an ideal fit for the College of the Arts,” said College of the Arts Dean Lucinda Lavelli. “We are pleased to have her join our outstanding group of faculty and staff in achieving the goals of the college.”

Prior to coming to UF, Setlow served as the associate dean for students and associate professor of lighting design at Arizona State University’s (ASU) Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts for three years. As associate dean at the Herberger Institute, she was responsible for all aspects of student success, from orientation to convocation, including, program development and assessment, curriculum development, ASU’s online arts and design courses, and student engagement and retention.

As associate professor of lighting design, she has taught 13 different lighting and design courses and oversaw the mainstage lighting production of more than 50 performances and events at ASU. She also served as a thesis advisor for Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Bachelor of Arts (BA), and Honors students. Prior to becoming an associate professor, Setlow was an assistant professor in ASU’s School of Theatre and Film for six years and was a lecturer at the University of California, San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance for two years.

Setlow has been the recipient of numerous awards including, an NAACP Theatre Award, ariZoni Theatre Award and an ASU Institute for Humanities Research award.

Additionally, she has created the lighting design for more than 35 national venues, as well as several regional and academic venues.

Setlow holds an MFA in lighting design from the University of California, San Diego and a BA in Theatre from Swarthmore College.

About the College of the Arts

The College of the Arts, previously known as the College of Fine Arts, is one the 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. The College of the Arts offers baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its three fully-accredited schools — the School of Art and Art History, School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance. The college is home to the Center for Arts in Medicine, Center for World Arts, Digital Worlds Institute, University Galleries and the New World School of the Arts in Miami. More than 100 faculty members and more than 1,220 students work together daily to engage, inspire and create. The college hosts more than 300 performances, exhibitions and events each year. Faculty and students also exhibit and perform at other local, national and international venues. To learn more, visit

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