Paris College of Art is pleased to announce that Linda Jarvin, who has served as our Dean since 2011, has been appointed by our Board as the new President and Chief Academic Officer.
After teaching and completing a doctorate in cognitive psychology and individual differences in France, Linda, a native Swede, spent 13 years in American higher education (Yale and Tufts universities), and now puts this dual European and U.S. experience to use for the Paris College of Art international community. She has explored most facets of higher education, including admissions, curriculum review, new degree development, accreditation, and faculty development, while simultaneously pursuing education research to further our understanding of how students optimally learn.
The majority of Linda’s research and peer-reviewed publications have focused on designing, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of educational interventions in a wide range of settings, including K-12 and higher education in the United States and Africa. Recognized as a leader in the field, Linda has served as a consultant to elite preparatory schools (e.g., Choate Rosemary Hall) and universities (e.g., MIT) on issues of learning, assessment and admissions.
In her 8 years as Dean, she worked alongside PCA’s academic and administrative teams to improve facilities, secure re-accreditation, develop new undergraduate majors, and launch PCA’s graduate school, the latter under the leadership of Associate Dean Klaus Fruchtnis.
“In my new role as President and Chief Academic Officer of Paris College of Art I will continue to strengthen our academic offering while maintaining our commitment to pluri-disciplinarity, diversity, and the importance of the role that artists and designers play in shaping our societies. In a world of increasingly complex issues that affect us all, the creativity and problem-solving skills that our excellent faculty nurture in our students is key to positive change and progress.”