Since 1991 I have taught in the School of Art+Design at the University of Illinois. Prior to that I taught for roughly six years in the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Jose State University, California College of Arts, and San Francisco City College.
Due to my interest in the interplay of words and images, visual literacy, and the influence of technology on literacy in general, I hold a joint appointment in the English Department.
In 2012 I was awarded an endowed professorship, the Petullo Professor of Design Studies & Culture, which supports my continued interest in creativity, innovation, and design thinking.
Two of my most satisfying accomplishments at Illinois have been the co-founding of the New Media program and development of Writing with Video. More details below:
Writing with Video | 2005 – 2016
Developed as an Advanced Composition course, it engages students in a comprehensive exploration of video as a rhetorical narrative medium, with emphasis on the actual production of video work. The course focuses on creativity, inquiry, reflection, communication, and composition. Each semester there are 4 – 6 undergraduate sections and 1 graduation section. Demand from students far exceeds seats available. [See TEDx talk: When Composition Comes Off the Page]
New Media Program | 2000 – 2007
Co-founded an MFA program dedicated to exploring new technologies, new audiences, and new venues as they relate to contemporary art practice. Participated in the development and approval of a BFA program in 2007. Served as progam chair prior to assuming duties as Associate Director of the School of Art+Design.
UIUC List of Teachers Ranked Outstanding; every year, 1991 to 2016.
Fellow, University of Illinois Teaching Academy, 2013.
Fellow, iFoundry, College of Engineering, 2008.
Fellow, Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, 2005.
Distinguished Teacher/Scholar, 2001. (Serves to “engage some of the most distinguished faculty in work designed to advance the instructional mission of the University”. One of two faculty selected.), 2001.
Faculty Fellow, National Center for Supercomputing Alliances, 2001.
NASA Means Business Student Competition winner, Virtual Mars Community. A web site designed to support a Mars mission. Other competing universities included Stanford, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Harvard, and MIT. Joint project with MBA Program, College of Commerce, 2000.
Campus Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Instruction, 1998.
Outstanding Faculty Award, College of Fine and Applied Arts, 1997.
Fellow, Lily Teaching Scholars, 1994.