|Matthew Shenoda, Associate Dean, School of Fine and Performing Arts. Matthew hails from California where in 2009 he was hired as the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) first Assistant Provost for Equity & Diversity. While at CalArts, Shenoda was instrumental in spearheading and implementing policy changes for faculty hiring practices and equity initiatives. He also made regular contributions to furthering curricular and programmatic development and founded “Art, Justice, and Global Aesthetics: The Equity and Diversity Lecture Series”. As a faculty member in CalArts' School of Critical Studies, he taught courses in cultural studies, creative writing, and the literary arts.
Previous to CalArts, Shenoda taught at a number of colleges and universities in the fields of creative writing and ethnic studies. Additionally, Shenoda serves as Director of Art and Ecology at the Institute for Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (ISEEED) in Oakland, CA, where he is currently developing a curricular initiative that uses poetics as a framework to teach global sustainability issues to urban youth.
An award winning writer, Shenoda’s poems and writings have appeared in a variety of newspapers, journals, radio programs and anthologies. He has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his work has been supported by the California Arts Council and the Lannan Foundation. His debut collection of poems, Somewhere Else, was named one of 2005's debut books of the year by Poets & Writers Magazine and was the winner of the inaugural Hala Maksoud Award for Emerging Voice, as well as a 2006 American Book Award. His latest collection, Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone, was published in 2009.
Shenoda holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and a BA in English with a minor in Writing from Oregon State University with a focus on American Literature and Creative Writing.