I began my working life in publishing and design nearly 40 years ago working in newspapers
and later magazine publishing. Later I served as Art Director for the University at
Albany, and then as Senior Graphic Artist/Photographer and Art Director for the University
of the South Pacific in Fiji where I was lived for six years. During that time I began
to do freelance work for many NGOs and non-profit organizations such as the Worldwide
Fund for Nature (WWF), the Fiji National Museum, International Labour Organization
(UN), and others. I moved back to the US with my family in 1997 where we settled in
Michigan so that I could begin my work here at Mott. To keep up with industry practices
and keep my graphic design skills sharp, I continued to provide design consulting
mostly to non-profit organizations in the US and abroad, often as a UN Online Volunteer.
As for my academic qualifications, I have a continuous love of learning, so you’ll
see a few letters after my name. They include EdD, for a Doctorate in Community College
Leadership through Ferris State University. It also includes an MFA, or Master of
Fine Arts in Studio Art/Graphic Design (Michigan State University), an MA for a Master
of Arts in Advertising Design (Syracuse University), and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine
Art Photography and Journalism (SUNYA). While in New York, I taught as an adjunct
professor of design for the Junior College of Albany/Russell Sage Evening Division.
In Fiji, I contributed to the development of a new journalism program at the university.
In May 2012, I was awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant to visit Ekaterinburg,
Russia where I taught a course in Cultural Journalism at the Ekaterinburg Academy
of Contemporary Art.
I get to wear several hats at Mott. In the Art and Design department, I am a professor
of Graphic Design, teaching a variety of courses and overseeing Graphic Design internships
(Art-248). Until August 2014, I served as the Graphic Design Program Coordinator,
having founded the program in 1998. Over the years, I worked with colleagues and our
advisory committee to keep our program current in industry standards of technology,
design practice, and career preparation, while building relationships with business
and industry, and creating links between high school, Mott, and four-year institutions.
Since August 2014, I have served as the Faculty Director for the Center for Teaching
& Learning, located on the third floor of the Mott Library. The focus of my job here
is on developing programming to help Mott faculty and staff in their professional
development. In order words, in order to help students achieve their educational goals,
faculty and staff must also be lifelong learners, participating in programs that help
each of us improve our teaching and work quality!
I am also a working graphic designer, exhibiting artist, and writer, constantly growing
and exploring new avenues of visual expression in the digital and traditional art
so that I can bring those experiences back into the classroom. My favorite medium
is the narrative form, especially suited towards the book arts. But I have also worked
in video, installation, and photography.