BiographyBruce M. Mackh, Ph.D, came to higher education following a career as an entrepreneur and corporate administrator. He earned BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2006) and an MFA from Tulane University (2008). “No Direction Home,” his collection of social documentary photographs featuring the lasting impact of Hurricane Katrina on the iconic city of New Orleans, is part of the permanent collection of the Louisiana State Museum. Bruce then earned a Ph.D in critical studies from Texas Tech University (2011), completing a dissertation entitled "The Documentary Aesthetic" that examined the relationship between fine art and documentary photography.
As the Director of the Mellon Research Project Director at the University of Michigan, ArtsEngine, Bruce authored Surveying the Landscape: Arts Integration in Research Universities (2015). For this study, Bruce interviewed 965 individuals at 46 different higher educational institutions, leading to a comprehensive picture of the present state of arts integration efforts at leading research universities in the United States.
Bruce is the Chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in Denver, CO, and was formerly the Program Director of Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies at Michigan State University. Bruce has a strong interest in research into higher education, curriculum development, pedagogy, and faculty development. He has served in leadership roles with the College Art Association and a2ru (the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities) and is a sought-after program consultant and public speaker. His book Higher Education by Design grew from his work as a consultant, featuring best practice in curricular planning and instructional design.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Higher Education, Academic Program Assessment, Teaching, Academic Administration, Curriculum Design, Faculty Development, Visual Art and Culture, Arts Integration, Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity, Arts and Museum Administration
Photography, Ceramics, Painting, Travel, Fishing, Golf