Indiana University Cinema (IU Cinema) has selected Dr. Alicia Kozma as Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on October 1, 2021.
Dr. Kozma has 15 years of leadership, development, governance, and operations experience within the education and nonprofit arts and advocacy sectors. She most recently served as Chair and Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Washington College in Maryland. Her additional teaching experience includes Faculty Lecturer for the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Adjunct Lecturer for the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College, and Adjunct Lecturer for the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Rutgers University. Dr. Kozmo has also held various arts administration and development roles with nonprofit organizations such as The Art Theater, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Center for Reproductive Rights, and Northern Westchester Center for the Arts.
As an educator, writer, and researcher, Dr. Kozma’s research explores the conditions surrounding women’s labor and the industrial constraints that lead to inequality in film and television. In addition to authoring several peer-reviewed articles, her book Radical Acts: The Labor of Filmmaking and the Cinema of Stephanie Rothman is due to be released in 2022. Dr. Kozma earned a bachelor of arts in religion from the University of Vermont, a master of arts in liberal studies from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and a doctor of philosophy in communication and media studies from the Institute of Communication Research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
In making the announcement, Indiana University Bloomington Interim Provost John S. Applegate said, “Dr. Kozma is an accomplished leader and strategist, and we look forward to seeing how her scholarly and practical expertise shapes our beloved IU Cinema moving forward. On our campus, IU Cinema is an important place for connection, where our community gathers to celebrate films from around the world and from across the decades.”
“IU Cinema is a shining example of the type of creative and challenging programming that is unique to independent art house exhibition,” Dr. Kozma said. “I am excited to lead the cinema into its future and to work with its dedicated team—a broad consortium of IU partners and friends of the theater—to grow the organization’s role as campus, community, and industry leader.”
“Congratulations to Indiana University and IU Cinema on the appointment of Dr. Alicia Kozma as its next Director,” said ACG Vice President Jenna Deja. “As a thoughtful provocateur with an intellectually curious and rigorous approach to planning and executing public film and education programs, we are confident she will lead his high-performing staff to build on the identity and culture of IU Cinema.”