College of Liberal Arts welcomes new faculty leaders

This academic year, the College of Liberal Arts is pleased to welcome two new department chairs, an interim chair, and a new program director. 

The new department chairs are Christopher McNulty for Art & Art History and Rick Good for Music. Hyeongwoo Kim is the interim chair for the Department of Economics, and Viviane Koua is the new director of Africana Studies. 

“I am pleased to welcome Chris, Rick, Hyeongwoo, and Viviane to our team,” CLA Dean Joe Aistrup said. “I look forward to working with these successful and highly-regarded faculty leaders.”  

Christopher McNulty, chair of the Department of Art & Art History, is a visual artist who creates sculptural objects, video, and works on paper and has exhibited work in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. A dual citizen of France and the US, McNulty holds an MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin. He began his career at Auburn in 2001, and his work can be viewed by visiting

Rick Good, chair of the Department of Music, has served as the Director of Bands and as Marching Band Director. The marching band's membership grew from 275 to 375, the largest marching band in the history of Auburn University, during his tenure as director, and in 2004, the AU Marching Band received the Sudler Trophy Award, the nation's highest and most coveted award for college and university marching bands. For more information, visit:

Hyeongwoo Kim, interim chair of the Department of Economics, joined the Auburn faculty in 2006 upon completion of his Ph.D. at the Ohio State University. His research focuses on empirical models of exchange rates, financial asset prices, and commodity prices. His research appears in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and he has been invited to present his work at various conferences and meetings. For more information, visit : 

Viviane Koua, director of the Africana Studies Program, began at Auburn as Lecturer of French in 2008, and she is currently a Senior Lecturer of French.  She holds a Ph.D. from the Université de Limoges (France) and the University of Cocody (Ivory Coast), joint program. Her research interests include French, Francophone, and African literatures. Specifically, the status of women and various aspects of the oral traditions in Africa, in the Caribbean, and North America.
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Last Updated: September 11, 2018