Art Center College of Design has appointed Karen Hofmann to the position of department chair, product design, officials announced.
DesignIntelligence, published by the Design Futures Council, recently named Hofmann one of the "Most Admired Educators of 2010" for exemplifying excellence in design education leadership.
The selection was made with extensive input from hundreds of design professionals, academic department heads and students
After working as an instructor in Art Center's industrial design department for the last eight years, Hofmann was named acting chair of the product design department in 2008.
Hofmann graduated from Art Center in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in product design and holds a bachelors' degree in psychology from California State University, Northridge.
Hofmann will assume her new role on January 1.