Carin Jacobs has accepted a position to become the Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sonoma State University. At GTU, she served as the Director of the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education (CARE) for five years and her last day is August 9. A GTU affiliate center, CARE focuses on the link between art and theological studies. Providing a fresh lens with which to see the world, the GTU affiliate offers dozens of courses for students from all member schools as well as art galleries. CARE thrived under her leadership and appreciation for the arts as integral to the curriculum of theological and religious studies.
Jacob’s many accomplishments during her time here include the opening of the Doug Adams Gallery in the Badè Museum at the Pacific School of Religion, the integration of gallery exhibitions into more than twenty courses across the consortium, and the teaching of popular courses in Museum Studies and “The Flavors of Faith” (on the intersection of food, religion, and culture). She has done much to expand the work of CARE by strengthening the Board of Directors, developing programs in collaboration with the de Young Museum and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and overseeing the appraisal and digitization of CARE’s extensive art collection.
Arthur Holder, GTU Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs asserts, “It has been a great pleasure for me to work with Carin for the last five years. I am grateful for all that she has done to enhance the role of the arts at the GTU and the member schools… All of us at the GTU look forward to continuing our fruitful relationships with the CARE faculty and board as they enter this time of transition.”