Welcome to the College of Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. We offer rigorous programs in music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts; internships, pre-professional opportunities in journalism, advertising, and applied communication, and innovative interdisciplinary studies.

Our award-winning faculty exposes students to a balance of theory and practice that prepares graduates for a rapidly changing and increasingly challenging world. As a member of our community you will have numerous opportunities to learn about, and engage in, artistic and communicative endeavors. Our theatre students have been recognized by the American College Theatre Festival for acting, playwriting, technical design, and directing, and our dance program hosts the annual DanceScapes concert which features nationally and internationally known choreographers as artists in residence; our music education students have won the Gaarder Music Student of the Year award more times than any other school in Wisconsin; our art students have exhibited their work throughout the United States and around the world, including Mexico, South Korea, China, and England; work by students in the Department of Communication has appeared on MTV, won numerous awards for Journalism excellence at both the State and Midwest Regional level, and our Media Arts and Game Development majors were the recipients of a prestigious Webby Award. Our college is also home to the Young Auditorium, which offers an outstanding venue for performance works from across the nation and around the world. 

To learn more, please visit our website, or even better, join us on campus for a tour of our programs and facilities. Feel free to be in touch with the departments directly or contact the dean's office.  We look forward to seeing you.

Eileen M. Hayes, Dean  


To cultivate and inspire creativity, expression, inquiry and integrity through embodied education in the fine and communicative arts and professions. 

Eileen M. Hayes
Dean, College of Arts and Communication
Professor, Music

Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, University of Washington, Seattle
M.A., Folkore/Ethnomusicology, Indiana University
B.M., Piano/Music History, Temple University

Dr. Eileen M. Hayes joined the College of Arts and Communication in Fall 2017. From 2012-17, she served as professor and chair of the Department of Music at Towson University. Prior to that, she served as chair of the division of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology at the University of North Texas. Hayes holds degrees from Temple University, Indiana University, and the University of Washington. Her research interests include African American music, feminist theories, queer studies, and race in American popular culture. She is the author of Songs in Black and Lavender: Race, Sexual Politics, and Women's Music (University of Illinois Press, 2010. Her writings appear in Ethnomusicology and Women and Music: the Journal of Gender and Culture. She is a past Book Review Editor, Women and Music. She has presented papers at numerous conferences including the Society for Ethnomusicology, the College Music Society, Feminist Theory and Music, Society for American Music, German Musicological Society, Center for Black Music Research, and NASM. She is the co-editor with Linda Williams of Black Women and Music: More than the Blues (University of Illinois Press, 2007).

Hayes is a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (UC/Riverside) and a DAAD Fellow (University at Göttingen). Past editorial advisory board memberships include the Journal of the Society for American Music and the CMS Cultural Expressions in Music series; currently, she serves on the editorial advisory board of the Eastman Rochester Studies in Ethnomusicology. Hayes has held presidential appointments in the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society for Music Theory, and the College Music Society. She is a former regional chair of NASM. Her term as president-elect of the College Music Society begins in January 2018.
Hayes' research into the interactions of race, gender and sexuality in regard to African American music and culture is complemented by her advocacy on behalf of women, faculty of color, and other underrepresented constituencies in schools of music and now, in colleges of arts and communication.