Robert K. Fessler, Ph.D.
Acting Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
Robert K. Fessler is a clinical psychologist who began his career working as a psychotherapist in both private practice and hospital settings. In recent years, he has become increasingly interested in cross-cultural psychology, particularly cultural differences in the understanding and treatment of abnormal behavior. Widely traveled, he has worked and done research in 42 countries on five continents.
As a global studies director, Fessler also participated in the Semester at Sea program in the fall of 2001 and spring of 2005. Stops included Japan, China, Vietnam, Singapore, India, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Brazil, Cuba and Venezuela.
Fessler earned his Doctor of philosophy in psychology from Duquesne University, he has a Master of Arts in psychology from Miami Univeristy of Ohio and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Duquesne University.
Dean, Conservatory of Performing Arts
Fredrick Johnson has over fifteen years of media production experience, principally in Los Angeles, where his work included productions for MTV, VH1, Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola, Warner Bros., and Universal Studios Theme Parks. As a writer and director, his work has won many awards and screened at festivals around the world, including the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival; the Deauville Festival of American Film; the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival; the Atlanta Film Festival; CineAsia Hong Kong; ShoWest Las Vegas; the One World Human Rights Film Festival (Prague, Czech Republic); and the Pan-African Film Festival (Los Angeles).
Johnson has more than 10 years of experience in media production education, previously at the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, where he also earned an MFA at the School of Cinematic Arts.