UT Arlington’s Department of Art and Art History Selects Distinguished Professorship

Chun 1Professor Changhee Chun is the newest addition to the Department of Art and Art History within the College of Liberal Arts (CoLA).  Chun was selected as the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor in film. He will join the department starting the Fall 2018 semester.

In 2010, critically acclaimed actor Morgan Woodward established an endowment in film studies within the College of Liberal Arts, to benefit the Department of Art and Art History.  Woodward, best known for his portrayal of the “man with no eyes” in the 1967 film “Cool Hand Luke,” graduated from what was to become UT Arlington in 1948, and was named a UT Arlington Distinguished Alumnus in 1969.

Chun comes to UTA from Ithaca College, which has a highly-ranked film and video program.  Chun, who earned the terminal degree of Master of Fine Arts, is an internationally-lauded scholar with a wide range of teaching experiences and has an outstanding record of creative work in the film area. In 2015-16, Chun served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar.

Chun was a producer and director for several major broadcasting stations in South Korea. He created over fifty television documentaries, commercials, corporate videos, Korean pop music videos, and numerous independent films. Dr. Elisabeth Cawthon, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts said, “Professor Chun has exactly the type of hands-on experience with film production that will serve our students well, at both the undergraduate and graduate level.”

Film, screenwriting and animation are rapidly growing areas in UTA’s dynamic and diverse Art and Art History Department.  Robert Hower, Professor and Chair of the department said, “There is very strong student interest in film and we have had excellent results with faculty and students receiving national awards. The addition of Professor Chun, who has identified innovative areas of growth and research, will significantly benefit UTA students in Art and Art History, CoLA, and the University.”

To learn more about UTA’s Film program and the areas of study in the Department of Art and Art History, visit their webpage.

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