Emerging Arts Administrators Fellowship

The NCAA Fellowship includes a one-year membership in NCAA and a waiver of the NCAA conference registration fees. In addition, NCAA Fellows are matched with a seasoned NCAA member who serves as a mentor before and at the conference. Candidates for the fellowship are nominated by another arts administrator and have an endorsement from an administrator at their home institution.  The 2018/19 nomination process will begin shortly.

2017/18 NCAA Fellows: 


Dave Beck is an associate professor of game design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He currently serves as the Director and Associate Dean of the School of Art & Design, which consists of roughly 1,000 BFA students and 60 faculty and staff. From 2013 to 2016 he served as the founding director of UW-Stout’s game design program, which is ranked as one of the top game design programs in the country by the Princeton Review. Additionally, student projects from his classes and mentorship have won awards such as 1st Place at the 2013 E3 College Game Competition and 1st Place in Visuals at the 2017 GDC Intel University Showcase

Beck received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College. Regarding research, Beck's digital art and game design work has been featured in publications such as the New York TimesSculpture Magazine, National Geographic, the journal Science, and the book GameScenes: Art in the Age of Videogames.  Beck has been a fellow at a number of different artist residencies and organizations, including the National Park Service, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the The Science Museum of Minnesotahttps://www.davebeck.org/     

Dave Beck, Director & Associate Dean, School of Art & Design, University of Wisconsin-Stout, is being mentored by Greg Watts, Dean, College of Visual Art & Design University of North Texas.

Audrey G. Bennett is a 2015 Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Scholar of the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is also a tenured Professor and the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Communication and Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she teaches graphics theory and research to multidisciplinary undergraduate and graduate students in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and STEM. She studies the user-centered design of multimodal and intersensory images for communication across cultures. Her publications include: How Design Education Can Use Generative Play to Innovate for Social Change; Engendering Interaction with Images; The Rise of Research in Graphic Design; Interactive Aesthetics; Good Design is Good Social Change; Follow the Golden Ratio from Africa to the Bauhaus for a Cross-Cultural Aesthetic for Images. She is the co-editor of the Icograda Design Education Manifesto 2011, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Image and Text journal, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Communication Design. She holds an M.F.A. in graphic design from Yale University.

Audrey Bennett, Professor & Graduate Program Director, Communication & Media, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is being mentored by Nan Goggin, Professor, School of Art & Design, University of Illinois at Urbana.

Arnold Holland joined the Cal State Fullerton faculty in 1998 after receiving his MFA in Visual Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University, and his BFA in graphic design from Arizona State University. Professor Holland also received his Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from CSUF.

His research interests include semiotics; typography; best practices service learning; and theory to practice gaps in the visual arts. In his teachings, he is committed to connecting the campus with the surrounding community through partnerships that enhance student learning, address local needs, and encourages students to be active citizens. In addition to teaching in the College of the Arts, he is also the Office of Research and Development Faculty Fellow for Scholarly and Creative Activities.

Throughout the years, Professor Holland has served on numerous departmental and university committees including Academic Senate, WASC, NIH BRAD, AEEC, NASAD, Department Personal Committee, and many university search committees.

He collaboratively works with various departments and colleges on campus including education, communications, and natural sciences and mathematics, The Center for Internships & Community Engagement (CICE), and Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (CREAL). 

Arnold Holland, Associate Dean, College of the Arts, California State University Fullerton,  is being mentored by A. Blake Pearce,  Dean, College of the Arts, Valdosta State University.

O. Gustavo Plascencia is a visual artist and educator whose creative work explores the constructive nature of identity, the conflict that individuals face building their identities, and the duality – sometimes conflict – between domesticity and utilitarianism, personal and communal, and self and society. Plascencia attended the Escuela de Artes Plasticas “Ruben Herrera” in Saltillo, Mexico before immigrating to the USA. He holds a MFA in Photography and New Media from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a BFA in Photography from the University of Texas at Arlington. Plascencia is currently the Director of MFA programs and an Associate Professor of Art at Memphis College of Art in Memphis, TN.

Plascencia’s work has been shown nationally and internationally including: Instituto Fotografico de Medellin, The International Center of Bethlehem, The Polytechnic University of Valencia, Academia de Bellas Artes San Carlos, Galleria Le Logge and the Raphael Mihailov Exhibition Hall. Plascencia has been an active member of Society for Photographic Education since 2003, he served as the secretary for the Multi-Cultural, 2009-2013 and in 2016 he was elected as the treasurer for the Southwest Chapter. 

O. Gustavo Plascencia, Associate Professor and Director of MFA Programs, Graduate Studies, Memphis College of Art, is being mentored by Patricia Olynyk, Florence and Frank Bush Professor of ArtDirector of Graduate School of Art, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University.


Beth Thomas currently serves as Art Department Chair at the State University of New York at New Paltz where she also teaches courses in Art Education. Prior to joining the faculty at SUNY New Paltz, she was a faculty member and Interim Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a visual art teacher in Ohio public schools. Beth holds a B.A. in Art Education from the University of Cincinnati, and an M.A in Integrated Teaching and Learning and a Ph.D. in Art Education from The Ohio State University.

Beth’s scholarly work draws on sociolinguistics to examine ideological commitments embedded in language related to art and education and their implications for art teaching practice. Most recently her research is focused on ways art students use writing to activate past experiences in the construction of artistic identities and the implications of those formations for art education in K-12 and higher education contexts. Her writing has been published in journals including Studies in Art Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Visual Arts Research, Journal of Reading Education, and SYNNYT/Origin.

Beth Thomas, Chair, Department of Art, SUNY New Paltz, is being mentored by Hester Stinnett, Professor, Tyler School of Art at Temple.


Maureen Quigley is an Associate Teaching Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Design at the University of Missouri - Saint Louis. She followed her Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Texas at Austin with a post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Western Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library and with teaching positions at the American University of Paris and Saint Louis University before arriving at UMSL.    Maureen’s scholarship focuses primarily on her specialty in the history and visual culture of the medieval world and includes a chapter in the recent book The Crusades and Visual Culture and presentations at the Paleography Lectures at King’s College, London and the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Leeds, England.  New interests include medievalist approaches to contemporary art and culture, gamification of the humanities classroom, and professional practice and entrepreneurial preparedness in the arts and humanities. 

Maureen Quigley, Associate Teaching Professor & Department Chair, Department of Art & Art History, University of Missouri-St. Louis, is being mentored by Peter Chametzky, Director, School of Visual Art & Design, University of South Carolina.