News Release| College of Arts and Letters; Cal State L.A.

Cal State L.A. names Peter McAllister as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters

Los Angeles, CA— Peter McAllister has been named dean of the College of Arts and Letters at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), and will begin his new position July 1, 2011. McAllister, the current director of the School of Music at the University of Arizona (UA), will bring diverse experience to the University as a leader, professor, author and performer.

McAllister has served UA as director of the School of Music since 2005. He currently sits on the campus Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee, and authored the university’s Institute for Arts of the Americas initiative.

I am excited to lead the top-tier faculty and staff, as well as celebrate the amazing student achievements in the College of Arts and Letters as it serves the campus vision under President [James M.] Rosser,” said McAllister. “The College is extremely well positioned as it moves to embrace the new synergies and strategic initiatives underway by Provost Ashish Vaidya and his team. I look forward to celebrating and discovering how each unit within the College intersect other disciplines on campus and, importantly, serve the community.”

As a music educator, McAllister, who received his Ph.D. in music education from Kent State University in 1995, has co-edited 11 books, presented more than 45 research papers and has published in most of the important research journals in his field. He has been appointed to the Music Educators Journal editorial committee for six years, and continues to serve as an accreditation site visitor for the National Association of Schools of Music.

Before arriving at UA, McAllister was director of the Ball State University School of Music in Indiana where he was instrumental in opening a new $21 million Music Instruction Building.

A renowned classical and jazz guitarist, McAllister has premiered more than 30 new works. His artistic abilities have been called “virtuosic” and “gifted” by the Washington Post.

“McAllister will be a tremendous asset to Cal State L.A. and within the College of Arts and Letters as it continues to expand both physically and in reputation,” said CSULA Provost Vaidya. “His gifts as an educator, advocate, and fundraiser will prove vital as he works in conjunction with faculty and staff to guide the College into the future, and his passion as a musical artist will enable him to understand the needs of the thousands of talented students who we serve here on campus.”

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The College of the Arts and Letters at Cal State L.A. includes the departments of Art, Communication Studies, English, Liberal Studies, Modern Languages and Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theatre Arts and Dance, and Television, Film and Media Studies.  

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