Academic Committee

Corcoran Academic Committee

What is the Corcoran Academic Committee?

The Corcoran Academic Committee is a standing committee charged with considering all curricular affairs within the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, including but not limited to fostering cross-disciplinary collaborations, working with program heads to adjust existing curricula, overseeing matters of accreditation or program review, and advising the Director on launching new programs, new majors or courses of study, or discontinuing programs or courses of study. 


Below is some basic information about the committee. Corcoran faculty and staff members can have access to more detailed information, including the committee’s monthly agendas, resource folders, and other information. To get involved or to get information about the Committee, please reach out to the current Chair, Heather Stebbins, at [email protected].

How often does the committee meet?

We generally meet once a month, though at particularly busy times may meet more frequently.

Meeting Schedule:

Friday, Sept 2, 9-10am
Friday, Sept. 23: 9-10am
Friday, Oct 14: 9-10am
Friday, Nov 11: 9-10am
Friday, Dec 9: 9-10am

How far in advance do I need to send my materials?

Proposals for new programs and courses, as well as significant curricular revisions, must be initiated by the Program Head, who should send content simultaneously to the Corcoran Assistant Director for Academic Affairs and the current Academic Committee Chair. For a more detailed outline of the required documentation and submission process, Corcoran Faculty and Staff should consult the Academic Committee's resource pages.

Please send any proposal documents to Chair Heather Stebbins at [email protected] and cc Deputy Director Mary Coughlin at [email protected], prior to one of the above meeting dates. A representative from your program should be present at the meeting to present, discuss or receive feedback. 

Who is on the academic committee?


Academic committee 2022–2023

Catherine Anderson (Interior Architecture)
Mary Coughlin (Deputy Director, Corcoran, Museum Studies)
Andrea Dietz (Exhibition Design)
Mika Natif (Art History)
James Sham (Fine Arts/Social Practice)
Heather Stebbins (Music) - Chair
Max van Balgooy (Museum Studies)
Tanya Wetenhall (Theater & Dance)