Instructor of Visual Communication in the School of Art & Design at Northern Illinois University.
I have seven years of experience teaching graphic design at the collegiate level. During this time, I have taught a variety of courses and topics, including: foundational studies, fundamental principles, conceptual frameworks, story-telling approaches, interactive or digital platforms and professional issues.
With all topics, I focus on a design process that translates across medium and application. I emphasize the development of intellectual empathy, investigative research, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, conceptual integrity, aesthetic courage and solutions that seek appropriate, human-centered results.
I ask all students to inject this process with their own personal experience, with the intent of the student learning to become a design practitioner and not merely a service provider. I work alongside and guide students in the development of their own creative process that can transcend the classroom and lead to personal fulfillment and professional success.