NHIA Announces New Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Jennifer Robertson on 05.27.16

The New Hampshire Institute of Art Announces New Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Manchester, NH (May 27, 2016)—The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of an international search resulting in the appointment of a new Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Bill Schaaf. Schaaf will be moving to New Hampshire from the United Kingdom where he is currently Head of the Department of Creative and Visual Communications at Buckinghamshire New University.

As the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at NHIA, Schaaf will be charged with broadening and strengthening the undergraduate curriculum which currently includes majors in Design, Illustration, Creative Writing, Ceramics, Fine Arts, Photography and Art Education. A concentration on integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines with art and design as well as bringing a global perspective to NHIA’s programs will be two areas of his initial focus.

Schaaf is an artist and designer who was originally trained in the U.S. as a product designer and worked for the next ten years developing a diverse range of products for such high-profile clients as Dell, Siemens, Black and Decker and Johnson & Johnson. While studying for his Masters in Industrial Design he began a career in design education and worked as a research fellow on a $2.5M federally-funded project through the Department for Transportation to develop computer-based tools for concurrent design and assessment of advanced automobile interfaces.

After completing his Masters in Industrial Design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Schaaf moved to the United Kingdom, where he has taught and developed new curricula across a range of programs at the University of Salford, Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, and most recently at Buckinghamshire New University where he has currently been developing a new Master of Arts in Design for the Internet of Things (IoT) graduate degree program.

Schaaf’s research and professional interests lie in developing new creative tools and design methods and he has spoken widely across Europe, Japan, China and South Korea on these topics.

“We are extremely pleased that Bill will be joining us as our new Dean of Undergraduate Studies at NHIA,” said Kent Devereaux, President of NHIA. “His vast, global experience in education, visual communication, and product design makes him the ideal candidate to lead our program into the next decade.”

Schaaf earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design in Product from North Carolina State University (’82) and his Masters of Industrial Design from the University of the Arts (’95).

He fills his spare time reading, ringing “changes” on 600-year-old church bells, and drawing inspiration from his wife and their two children.