I am an adjunct professor with 20 years of experience in the field of Creative Direction, Art Direction, Design, Broadcast Production, Production Management and Photography. I hold a BFA in Graphic Design and Fine Art from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester New York and a master’s in Advertising Design from Syracuse University and traveled the globe with the ISDP program researching and studying strategy in various communication, design, and advertising firms. With 20 years of experience in advertising agencies and in-house firms, I have experience with numerous business to business and business to consumer clients in New York, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Charlotte.
My method of instruction includes brainstorming, hands on direction and discussion of concepts as they relate to the current marketplace. My teaching methodology is to 'teach a man to fish' and to inspire the next generation of creatives to do the best work possible in order to not only create things that are aesthetically pleasing, but to be relevant in the marketplace. To understand art, its place in the world, and to be able to apply these in a real world environment in order to be employable as an artist, whatever are of art they might endeavor to pursue. This also includes doing art for a hobby and not for any business purposes but for personal purposes.
I have been teaching on and off as an adjunct professor since 2001.
I have taught approximately 800-4,000 students in my years of teaching.
Many of my students have successful careers in the fields of design and advertising, photography, web design, fashion. Most have graduated and some have gone on to pursue Masters and Phd's.
I have also taught elementary school grades with art camps locally.
I have been the chairperson for the Art Appreciation Program at en elementary school writing curriculum for K-5 graders for different art movements and artists during the school year; featuring a different movement and activity for volunteers to teach the children curriculum every month during the academic calendar year. This has been a four year post.
I hold a Master's degree from Syracuse University in Advertising and Design and a BFA in Graphic Design and Fine Art from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.
Lead, mentor, and work in creative teams from inception of ideas and concepts to completion of finished products. Responsible for team management of creative, production, and implementation of effective campaigns for numerous clients including business to business and business to consumer clients. Bring real world experience into the classroom.
Honors And Distinctions
Won Addy award, Charlotte, NC 2012 for Rubbermaid “lunch blox” web sales video commercial.
Won packaging award for Hardware Show in Las Vegas, Char-Broil Parts and Accessories.
Masters Thesis on the Branding of Cities, published on Brandchannel.com.
Interviewed on National Public Radio, “All Things Considered”, from Grand Rapids, Michigan affiliate, Winter 2006.
Masters Thesis on the Branding of Cities accepted to International Humanities Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2006.
Thesis Presented at IHC, Honolulu Conference, January of 2007.
Written numerous articles on branding various services and products, including Guerilla Marketing.
Awarded Faculty Impact Award minimum of five times since inception of employment at AICH.
Article published in IPMA-HR News about HR branding and Marketing HR services, Spring 2007.
Advertising, Article -“Advertisers Draw new Line in the Battle of the Sexes”, February 2010.
Logo Design for Vesta Films featured in the Big Book of Logos 5 by David E. Carter.
Coordinated development of AIGA Student Chapter at Art Institute of Charlotte.
Professional Societies (past and present)
American Institute of Graphic Artists, (AIGA) started Student Chapter at Art Institute of Charlotte; 2003.
AICP, Association of Independent Commercial Producers. Member since 1995.
Attended National and International Conferences for AIGA, encouraged student involvement in various design and art organizations.
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