Hopkins Named Director of Arts and Humanities Center

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Hopkins Named Director of Arts and Humanities Center



Christopher Hopkins, Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, 515-294-0396, hopkinsc@iastate.edu
Sarah Nusser, Vice President for Research, 515-294-6344, nusser@iastate.edu
Sandy Clarke, Office of the Vice President for Research communications, 515-294-6257, sclarke@iastate.edu
Hopkins Named Director of Arts and Humanities Center
Christopher Hopkins, associate professor of music and theatre, will lead Iowa State’s Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH) as its new director, effective Feb. 1.
Hopkins teaches composition, electronic music, and advanced sound synthesis design. He developed an undergraduate minor in music technology and an integrated electronic arts cluster for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program at Iowa State. He is also on the faculty of the graduate program in human-computer interaction and has conducted interdisciplinary research in the musical applications of 3-D virtual reality environments.
“This center is critical to the university’s efforts to increase the national visibility and recognition of our arts and humanities faculty,” said Sarah Nusser, vice president for research. “Dr. Hopkins clearly has the background and accomplishments as an artist and scholar to lead the CEAH and to help raise the profile of the humanities and creative arts at ISU.”
Hopkins’ work as a composer and conductor has brought him wide exposure and acclaim through live performances and media broadcasts. His compositions have been performed at major international festivals by prominent ensembles and solo performers. His music appears on the Innova and SEAMUS labels.
Hopkins also performs on cello and a Renaissance-Baroque instrument called the viola da gamba. He has an avid interest in performing from original historical music notations and from emerging avante garde notations designed for unusual instrumental techniques.
His experience as director of conferences for the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States included working with several universities to develop proposals, technical planning, and sponsorships. For CEAH, Hopkins has served on the steering committee and on committees reviewing CEAH funding programs and seed grants, and he has received several CEAH grants for his own work and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Hopkins received his doctor of musical arts degree from Cornell University and his master of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Hopkins replaces James Andrews, professor of history, who has led the center since 2010.
The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities was created in 2003 to support distinction in humanistic scholarship and artistic creation at Iowa State. The center, which reports to the Office of the Vice President for Research, is supported by the College of Design and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as the offices of the vice president for research, the senior vice president and provost and the president.
Editor's Note:  A print-resolution photo of Dr. Hopkins is available from Sandy Clarke.


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