Service: Service to Program


The Digital Art and Design Program dives into collaborative projects while teaching individual creative expression, students dive deep into industry-standard digital workflows, enabling them to seamlessly adapt to an ever-shifting media landscape. This happens through dedicated faculty putting student need first and while understanding potential growth in individual students. My championship of the largest set of students in the program, the Visual Development focused portfolio, means training adjuncts, developing curriculum and managing ever changing equipment.

  • Chair Digital Media Spring 2017
  • NASAD Program Review
  • Course Management
  • Program Planning
  • DAD advising
  • DAD Faculty Collaboration
  • Shared Knowledge with other Initiatives

Chair Digital Media Spring 2017 as a sabbatical replacement

NASAD Program Review

The Digital Media Program underwent an outside program review this year as required by NASAD. Dori Little Herrick from Woodbury University reviewed our curriculum and attended my courses. I met with her about the direction of Imaging and on her suggestion I have started to work more within the Visual Development Area otherwise known as Concept Art for Entertainment. You will see some of the suggestions that she had in our new program plan that was submitted to Senate in the Fall of 2014.

Course Management:

I manage Digital Imaging Courses and update the course sites each semester to reflect the growth in the work and to update based on technology changes.

  • Digital Imaging I (6 Sections per year)
  • Concept Art (2 Sections /year)
  • Concept and Production Design (now Pro Studio) (2 Sections/ year)
  • Digital Imaging II (4 Sections/year)
  • Digital Character Drawing (4 Sections/year)

I meet with and train new adjunct and existing faculty, I held workshops on the course content and how to use software such as Fuse and Miximo, Sketchup, Photoshop 3D and After Effects.

Program Planning

Program Plan Sequence

I worked with my team to create a program plan sequence that is easy to understand for the DAD student.

DAD advising

  • I am a part of the DAD team that does advising to 170 DAD students.
  • The largest segment of that population is Visual Development, the area I champion and so those students seek me out for individual advising sessions.
  • Students feel connected and that their concerns are met when they get one on one attention.

DAD Faculty Collaboration

  • I have worked with my team in Digital Art and Design to increase collaboration in our curriculum.
  • I helped Kasey in her transition into retirement by helping to organize equipment under her purview.
  • With a decrease in DAD full time faculty from 6 to 4 we have all stepped up to do more advising and curriculum coordinating. She was our After Effects expert and knowing she would not be able to continue to visit my courses to assist with technical issues I have done a lot of training in After Effects to help our students create media.

Shared Knowledge with other Initiatives

I collaborated with Bill Fischer’s Interaction Design Course. I participated in school visits which did user testing and presented our student’s final projects. This course is interdisciplinary and included students from Industrial Design, Interior Design, Digital Media and Collaborative Design. I attending crits and doing field visits, but did not teach the course.

Amplify: Mars Journey

A student at Innocademy Prototyping Mars Mission
Abby presenting Mission to Mars