College of Arts and Media

Administrative Officers

Title/Department Officer
Dean Ronald Shields, Ph.D.; (936) 294-2771
Associate Dean Wayne Barrett, D.M.A.; (936) 294-2773
Associate Dean Penny Hasekoester, M.F.A.; (936) 294-1330
Associate Dean Brian Miller, D.M.A.; (936) 294-1117
Department of Art Michael Henderson, M.F.A., Chair; (936) 294-1318
Department of Dance Jennifer Pontius, M.F.A., Chair; (936) 294-1300
Department of Mass Communication Jean Bodon, Ph.D., Chair; (936) 294-4419
Department of Theatre & Musical Theatre Thomas Prior, M.F.A., Chair; (936) 294-1328
School of Music Scott Plugge, D.M.A., Director; (936) 294-1360

About the College

The College of Arts and Media is housed in the award-winning James & Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center, which opened in the Fall of 2010. The college comprises the Departments of Art, Dance, Mass Communication, Theatre & Musical Theatre, and the School of Music—five outstanding departments in one dynamic college that seeks to inspire, educate, and graduate creative artists and media professionals.

The College of  Arts and Media enjoys state-of-the-art facilities in which to present unique and cutting-edge programming. Ranging from the traditional to the experimental, students can explore new frontiers in all their creative endeavors. From digital media to film to animation, broadcast journalism to public relations to graphic design, choreography to composition to conducting, and from stage management to scene design to acting, students in the arts and mass communication can find themselves at Sam Houston.

Master's Degree

Departments Programs
Art Art and Social Practice, MFA (Forthcoming as of Fall 2021)
Dance Dance, MFA
Mass Communication Digital Media, MA
Mass Communication Digital Media Production, MFA
School of Music Band Studies, MA
School of Music Music, MM


Departments Programs
Mass Communication Graduate Certificate in Health Communication and Public Relations
School of Music Performer's Certficate: Post-Baccalaureate
School of Music Artist Diploma Certificate: Post-Master's