Walsh University Appoints Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences

Walsh University has announced that Katherine T. Brown, Ph.D., has been appointed the Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, effective immediately. Dr. Katie Brown replaces Michael Dunphy, Ph.D., who is currently serving as the University’s Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Brown has most recently acted as Walsh University’s Director of the Honors Program.

Dr. Brown came to Walsh University in 2011 as Director of Museum Studies and Assistant Professor of Art History. In May of 2016, she received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor. Among her most recent scholarship accomplishments is a monograph, The Legend of Veronica in Early Modern Art, published by Routledge in March 2020. Dr. Brown was promoted to full Professor in May 2020.

“The liberal arts are at the heart of the University curriculum,” said Dr. Katie Brown. “As Dean, I will work to ensure the viability of these disciplines as part of every student’s experience at Walsh University.”

Before joining Walsh in 2011, Dr. Brown served for five years as the Director of Hay House, an Italian Renaissance Revival historic house museum owned and operated by The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and Curator of Historic Macon Foundation (2004-06), both sites in Macon, GA. From 2000-2004, she served as the Art Historian and Program Coordinator for the University of Georgia's Study Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. Dr. Brown was Head of Education for the American Federation of Arts in New York (1997-99), Curator of Education at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha (1995-97), and Curator of Education at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia (1993-95).

Furthermore, Dr. Katie Brown has taught Art History as an adjunct professor at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA; Hunter College (CUNY); and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She earned her Ph.D. (1998) and M.A. (1992) from Indiana University-Bloomington and her B.A. from Florida State University (1989), with all degrees in Art History. Leo S. Olschki Press in Florence published her dissertation on Venetian self-portraiture as a volume in their Pocket Studies in the History of Art Series (2000), and her book Mary of Mercy in Medieval and Renaissance Italian  Art: Devotional Image and Civic Emblem was published by Routledge in 2017, both with subventions from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Dr. Brown has given conference presentations at the Ohio Museums Association, The Renaissance Society of America, the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo (MI), and the Medieval and Renaissance Conference at New College in Sarasota (FL). She was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome during Summer 2019 and currently serves on the board of the Italian Art Society. Dr. Brown has led Walsh groups to Rome in 2012 and 2015 and to London in 2014, 2017, and 2020.

Dr. Brown lives in North Canton, OH, with her daughter.