Educating Change Makers: The Power of Undisciplined Thinking, USC's Erica Muhl
Thought Leadership in Higher Education speaker series.
Technology has driven the rate of change in business and industry to a point where established modes of education are no longer sufficient to give our students the advantages they need in today’s marketplace. Dramatic and ongoing shifts to traditional career paths for college graduates are causing institutions around the globe to examine usual practices, and re-think decades of educational norms.
Erica Muhl, Founding Executive Director of the USC Iovine and Young Academy discusses the program’s radical new bachelor of science degree in Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, and the New Literacies that will allow coming generations of college graduates to master change by un-linking innovation from state-of-the-art technology.
In May of 2013, Erica Muhl was appointed as the founding executive director of the USC Iovine and Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, which welcomed its first freshman class in fall 2014. Simultaneously, she serves as the dean of the USC Roski School of Art and Design. Previously, she served as associate dean of the USC Thornton School of Music. Dr. Muhl joined USC in 1991 as Assistant Professor of Composition in the Thornton School. A full professor with tenure since 2004, she now holds a dual appointment as Professor of Art and Design, and Composition.
As a creative artist, scholar, teacher and administrator, Muhl has remained committed to maintaining rigorous standards for academic excellence, while helping to forge new models for higher education that address a growing societal need for cross-disciplinary expertise. She has been a catalyst for change in the field, in particular as a strong public advocate for integrative programs that emphasize critical thinking, and utilize arts-based pedagogical models to support unique and individual pathways to the degree.