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Dr. John Masserini is dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Masserini joined Metropolitan State University of Denver in July 2021 after leaving Northern Arizona University, where he served as the interim dean for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Read about his vision for CLAS and how it fits into MSU Denver’s 2030 Strategic Plan in the Early Bird.
Dr. Masserini is an academic leader dedicated to providing higher education opportunities to anyone that seeks them; cultivating equity-minded and inclusive pedagogy; investing and supporting holistic student success structures in higher education; and building strong connections between educational institutions and the communities for which they live and serve. With a specific focus on those that are historically minoritized and underserved, he looks to dismantle long-standing barriers in higher education by providing full access with foundational support and academic excellence to graduate engaged and thoughtful citizens who pursue meaningful careers and full, productive lives.
Prior to joining MSU Denver, Masserini was Professor of Music and served in various administrative roles at Northern Arizona University from 2008-21. Among them include: Interim Dean for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2020-21), Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (2018-20), Associate Dean of the Graduate College (2014-18) and Associate Director of the School of Music (2011-14). From 2001-08 he served on the faculty in the Department of Music at Idaho State University.
As an active performing clarinetist, Masserini appeared at several international and national venues as a recitalist, concerto soloist, collaborative chamber musician, avant-garde performing artist, and theater musician for national Broadway tours. Notable past international invitations include the International Clarinet Association Conferences (ClarinetFest®) in 2003 (Salt Lake City, Utah), 2005 (Tokyo, Japan), 2006 (Atlanta, Georgia), 2009 (Porto, Portugal), 2012 (Lincoln, Nebraska), and 2013 (Assisi, Italy), and 2015 (Madrid, Spain). His clarinet/saxophone duo Velocity2 [Velocity Squared] released the CD Flux under the Centaur Records label in 2014.
In addition to his more traditional work in the field, Masserini has completed several grant-funded performance projects with longtime collaborator Melanie Kloetzel, Professor of Dance at the University of Calgary. Their work combines music, dance/movement, and various forms of media. International and national invitations to showcase these interdisciplinary works include the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) 2011 Annual Conference: “Moving Music / Sounding Dance” (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Collision 2006: A Symposium on Interarts and Interdisciplinary Practices (Vancouver, British Columbia); and a main-stage appearance at the 2006 On the Boards – Northwest New Works Festival (Seattle, Washington).
Masserini holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Music Performance (clarinet) from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of New Mexico.
After eight months of gathering input and building consensus among CLAS faculty, staff, students and more, Dean Masserini launched the new vision, mission and guiding principles.Check Them Out
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