College Welcomes Two New Department Chairs
The College of Arts & Letters welcomes two new department chairs to serve as members of the College leadership team. Naomi Adams Velasquez is the new chair of the Department of Art, and Michele Brumley will take over as chair of the Department of Psychology.
“We are excited to have Naomi and Michele as new chairs in the College,” said Dean Kandi Turley-Ames. “They will bring passion and energy to their departments to help them both continue to succeed. We look forward to seeing what they will do in the future.”
Naomi Adams Velasquez, Art
Velasquez has been serving as an associate professor in the Department of Art, focusing on fiber media. She teaches courses on fiber media, papermaking, creative process and drawing. Adams is an award-winning contemporary textile and book artist, and her work is consistently shown nationally and internationally in venues ranging from galleries to installations. Her work is also held in private and public collections across the country, including the University of Denver Library, Emory University Library, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the University of North Texas Special Collection.
“I look forward to rebuilding and growing the department,” Velasquez said. “I am also excited to work on other things that we haven’t had the manpower to do before, like incorporating our digital lab into our classes more and upgrading some of our equipment.”
Michele Brumley, Psychology
Brumley is an associate professor of experimental psychology, focusing on the development and coordinated action in perinatal rats. She explores the role of the brain, spinal cord, sensory feedback and experience in the modulation of motor behavior during ontogeny. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, NIH INBRE, NSF, WeLEAD and internal grants from ISU.
“I am excited to work more closely with the faculty, students, and staff in the department, as well as the leadership team in the College of Arts & Letters,” Brumley said. “However I also know it is going to be a lot of work. I take my work and responsibilities seriously, and I do not want to let my colleagues down. The faculty, students and staff in the psychology department are wonderful to work with. I truly feel like we are all on the same team.”