I received my MFA degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and have been teaching at The University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville since the fall of 2002 where I am currently an Associate Professor of Graphic Design. I have been an invited lecturer to several national and international venues to speak about issues such as: cross-disciplinary projects, branding, design and creativity, design and the community, expressive typography, and the collaborative student workshop experience. My current work with the Smart Communities Initiatives is motivated by an interest in work that contributes to a positive
impact on social life, a greater sense of community and increase in sustainable creative growth. Over the years my design work has received numerous awards and has recognized by the AIGA, The CT Art Directors Club, UCDA, The American Design Awards, Step, Rotovision Books, as well as Print and How. She is an AIGA Fellow, the recipient of an Ellen McClung Berry Professorship, a James R. and Nell W. Cunningham outstanding teaching award and a UT Chancellors award for Multidisciplinary Research. I teach across the Graduate and Undergraduate curriculum at UT and have served as Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Art as well as Chair of the Graduate Committee.