Ryan Fisher Named New Associate Dean of CCFA

Ryan FisherRyan Fisher, associate professor of Music Education, was announced the new associate dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts replacing Moira Logan. Fisher is in his fifth year at the University of Memphis and recently served as the music education coordinator and associate director of Choral Activities in the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music.

"It is a tremendous privilege to be selected to serve as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the College of Communication and Fine Arts. I firmly believe we have some of the most talented students and faculty members in our college, and I am proud to serve alongside Dean Hogan as we work to enhance and further develop our academic programs," Fisher said.

Before coming to the UofM, Dr. Fisher was assistant professor of Music Education at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas, where he received the College of Fine Arts and Communication Faculty Excellence in Research award. Choirs under his direction have been featured at the Arkansas Music Educators Association conference and Tennessee Music Education Association conference and made frequent guest appearances with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Conway Symphony Orchestra.

He also served as the president-elect of the Arkansas Music Educators Association and was a member of the National Association for Music Education-Choral Council. He currently serves on the Tennessee Music Education Association state board, Tennessee American Choral Directors Association state board, and the Update: Applications of Research in Music Education editorial committee. Dr. Fisher is an active choral clinician and researcher. He earned a BME from Lee University, an MM in choral conducting and a PhD in music education from the University of North Texas. In 2016, he was named the Lee University School of Music Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

His research interests involve the male voice change, assessment in music education, and self-efficacy. His writings have been published in various prestigious journals including the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education.