The first holder of the position was Professor Steven Sorman. He was selected through a national search process for an appointment in the department that began in 2007 and lasted through the winter of 2010. Steven, a printmaker, created a remarkable body of new work, and also designed and built a hand papermaking facility in the department. Additionally, he strengthened the practice of cross collaboration between departments by twice offering a course titled "Word and Image to Book," team-taught with Professor Patricia Clark from the Writing Department. He also team-taught painting courses with Associate Professor Jill Eggers, together taking students on field trips with the internationally recognized author and Michigan native, Jim Harrison, whose papers are entrusted to the Grand Valley’s archives. Steven’s work was exhibited at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art while he occupied the position. As a lasting legacy to GVSU, Steven donated 30 of his prints to the GVSU Art Collection.