Key accomplishments — Fall 2015 to present:
- Designing and adding new courses to include Design Thinking, Data Visualization, and User Experience. Begins academic year 2018-2019.
- Designed and created new course curricula to create a synergy between technology and existing design courses. Impact: students are better prepared to meet the job requirements of local businesses or to continue to graduate school.
- Implemented Looking Outward to expose students to the world of art and design: off-campus and guest lectures, art museums/gallery visits, networking for internship and job opportunities. Impact: first exposure to a museum, invitation to shadow for a day at design firm.
- Revamped the design program course rotation to encourage a strong foundation in design, development of a personal creative process, and engender critical thinking prior to advanced topics requiring in-depth research and independent study. Begins academic year 2017-2018.
- Art directed and managed mission-driven service projects: Catholic Charities direct mail appeals, Admissions recruitment assets, and advertising assets for the Theater Department. Impact: Work was well received and students were exposed to collaborative experiences.
- Exhibited interactive art installation, new work: Resonate with stillness, experience light, one-person show Steckline Gallery, mixed media: gold leaf, woven fiber optics, microprocessor controlled LEDs, sensors.
- Created performative drawings performed a live with WSU IPG. Written in Processing 3, an open source JAVA library for visual artists.
- Wrote program prioritization, self-assessment and self-study documents to analyze and improve the Art Program, the driving force behind design and digital art curriculum changes.
- Participated in a successful HLC visit, results: all criteria met, no sanctions recommended, pathway recommended: “Eligible to Choose,” no interim monitoring recommended.
My role as an educator is to facilitate opportunities and mentor such that students simultaneously develop literacy in design and computational media. Literacy in design means to be informed by recognized designers. Literacy in computation enables the student to explore ideas without the bias of the software application. Rather than being passive consumers of visuals (e.g. film, video, print, Internet) and software applications that currently both drive and limit the creation of these visuals, they learn what it means work with digital media and all of its implications including the ability to imitate other media, to visualize data, and to interact with information. To design well they must learn to ask such questions as: What am I communicating? Is my approach appropriate? How can I make my message stronger? How can I simplify? I assist students in taking responsibility for their educational experience, and encourage them to think and create better work....
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