Dr. Kelly Kirby joined the Moore community on January 14, 2016 as Assistant Professor and Chair of Liberal Arts. She began teaching this spring. Dr. Kirby received an AA in Fashion Design from Brooks College, a BA in Anthropology from the University of California and a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Museum Studies from the University of Michigan. In addition, Dr. Kirby received both her MA and Ph.D. in Anthropology, also with the University of Michigan. The title of her dissertation was Clothing, Kinship, and Representation: Transitional Wardrobes in Michigan’s African Diaspora Communities. Dr. Kirby has served as an associate faculty member and lecturer at Palomar College, MiraCosta College, California State University - San Marcos and the University of Michigan. Dr. Kirby has received a number of honors and awards, including an Excellence in Teaching from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. She also received several fellowships and has written for several publications. One of her most recent writings, “Bazin Riche in Dakar, Senegal: Altered Inception, Use and Wear,” was included in a book, African Dress: Fashion, Agency, Performance, by Bloomsbury Publishing. Dr. Kirby has worked as a graduate student mentor, advisor, event coordinator and tutor.
Lauren Stichter joined the Graduate Studies program in May, 2015 as the new Graduate Program Director in Art Education with an emphasis in special populations. Prior to this, Stichter taught the “Special Populations” course in the BFA and post-baccalaureate Art Education programs as an adjunct faculty member. Stichter has a certification in American Sign Language with a minor in Art from the Community College of Philadelphia, a BFA in Ceramics with a teaching certificate from Tyler School of Art and a Master in Education with a focus on positive behavior supports for children with special needs from Arcadia University. In the past, she taught pre-K-12 at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. Stichter is the Pennsylvania Art Education chairperson for the Special Needs in Art Education group. She assumed her new role at Moore over the summer.