Susan Van Pelt Petry named Department of Dance interim chair
Susan Van Pelt Petry, a professor in the Department of Dance, was named the department’s interim chair for a one-year term, effective July 1. She previously chaired the department from 2006-15 and earned her master’s degree in dance from Ohio State as well. Van Pelt Petry has received eight Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards for her choreography and served on the Board of The National Association of Schools of Dance for six years as well as the board for the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project. In her work, she explores meaning-making through motion, pattern, breath and design, and she is an expert on contemporary movement practice, improvisation, composition and pedagogy.