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PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Tenured Professor in Art & Communication with 20 years university teaching experience carrying a full teaching and advising load. Active studio practice slanted towards digital photography and interactive installation.  Successful entrepreneur who co-founded and scaled a startup entity over a 10 year period that culminated in successful acquisition. Currently full-time working artist. 

TEACHING STATEMENT

As an educator and practicing artist, I believe it is my responsibility to guide my students toward three goals: to develop themselves technically and intellectually to the discourse of art-making, to apply those skills in a thoughtful manner, and to cultivate critical inquiry. Leading students toward their personal bests, I am helping them toward an elevated way of perceiving and interacting with their world. I challenge students to re-position themselves in relation to their current point of view in order to expand their visual vocabulary. I use the analogy of cut crystal; the piece as a whole is the same but pending on the facet through which you look the view changes. The trick is to re-position your view. My objective, in both my art and my teaching, is to access the “other facet” and expand vision. It is within this context interesting and constructive conversations occur, that can lead to thoughtful and provocative artistic work.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2017 –  Present New York University, Tisch School of the Arts ITP Graduate Program [Adjunct Professor]

Frontiers of Telecommunication

2014 – Present Private Educational Consultant, School at Home Professional

2017 OCT - Harrison School for the Arts, Polk County Museum, Florida

Workshop focused on bookmaking at the high school level

2017 MAY - The Pingry School, New Jersey

Post installation workshop on the high school and middle school levels.

2013 – 2014 Sanford Brown Tampa Florida [Teacher]

Interactive Design and Production – 410 Mobile App Design

2011 – 2014  University of Tampa, Tampa Florida [Adjunct Professor]

Department of Art – ART211 Art and Technology (cross listed with Communication) Department of Communication – COM222 Creative Thinking

2000 – 2007      Department of Communications [tenured] and Director, Electronic Media Art & Technology Program (currently called: New Media Production) University of Tampa, Tampa Florida [Associate Professor]

Classes: GTW100/102 Gateways, ART210 Computer Graphics (Beginning Digital Arts), COM232 Visual Literacy, COM263 Web Design and Production (Interactive Media 1), COM323 Frontiers of Telecommunication, COM363 CD/DVD Design and Production (Interactive Media 2), COM380 Culture Society and Computing Technology, COM499 Senior Project

Programs: Developed, implemented, and advised Electronic Media Art & Technology (EMAT) Program.  It was the first interdisciplinary cross major digital new media undergraduate program in the South East of the United States; Designed, implemented and managed a 42 seat graphics / video / interactive production digital classroom

Students: Developed portfolio and career opportunities for students as well as supervised internships, Developed interactive CD for University Publication – Quilt, Active student advisor of approximately 70 undergraduates per semester

Committees: Provost Search Committee (2006 – 2007), Elected to Faculty Committee by full faculty vote (term 2004 – 2007), Active member of the Instructional Technology Committee (2004/2005; 2005/2006), Incepted and Maintained the Un-Tenured Faculty Committee (2002-2004)

1997 – 2000     Graphic Design, International Academy of Design, Tampa Florida [Adjunct Faculty]

Classes: Quark (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced), Pre-Press, Visual Literacy, Fundamentals of Design, Portfolio Development

Programs: Developed currently utilized curriculum for Graphic Design Program, Standardized syllabi for Quark, Fundamentals of Design, and Visual Literacy

Students: One on one counseling for portfolio presentation and interviewing skills, Active student advisor

EDUCATION

MFA – Maine College of Art, Studio Art

BS – Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Photographic Arts and Sciences

HS – The Pingry School