Faculty

Our Award-winning Faculty

Our incredible faculty is comprised of award-winning artists, designers, writers, and scholars who are passionate about shaping the next generation of creative leaders.


 

Full Time Faculty

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Bleitz

Advertising and Graphic Design Interim Department Head

Jeff Bleitz, Interim Department Head for Advertising and Graphic Design, earned his BFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University and his MFA in Visual Communication from the University of Arizona. With over 16 years of professional teaching experience, Jeff joined Ringilng College in 2001. He has been the recipient of several merit and silver awards from the Art Director's Association of Iowa. Jeff's works have been published in Graphis Letterhead 4 and HOW Magazine. He is an American Platinum award winner and was recognized by AGFA International Young Creatives in 2000.

 

 

 

Kimberly Elam

Kimberly Elam earned her BFA in Graphic Design from Parsons School of Design and her MFA in Graphic Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. With over 45 years of professional teaching experience, Kim joined Ringling College in 1990. She is a writer, educator, and graphic designer. Her writing includes three best-selling books for the Princeton Architectural Press Design Briefs series: "Geometry of Design, Studies in Proportion and Composition," "Grid Systems, Principles of Organizing Type," and "Typographic Systems, Rules for Organizing Type."   www.studioresourceinc.com | behance.net/kelam

 

 

David Foote

David Foote earned his BFA in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art  and his MFA in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. With over 12 years of professional teaching experience, David joined Ringling College in 2008. His 20 year career as an advertising professional has garnered a wide range of national and global clients, resulting in industry creative awards including a National ADDY® and a Clio. 

 

 

 

Allen Harrison

Allen Harrison earned his BFA in Graphic Design from The University of Akron and his MFA in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art. With over 10 years of professional teaching experience, Allen joined Ringling College in 2008.  His work has been the recipient of numerous ADDY Awards. Allen also wrote, designed and produced Friction Magazine, a publication recognized for design and content by Print Magazine, the ADDY® Awards, Utne ReaderThe NationMother Jones, PBS, Yahoo.com’s “Daily Pick,” ClamorPunk Planet, and various independent ’zines. www.monkeybubblemedia.com

 

 

 

Douglas Higgins

Douglas Higgins earned a BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University, a MAE in Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA in Design from Virginia Commonwealth University.  With over 33 years of professional teaching experience, Doug joined Ringling College in 1991. He has exhibited at major galleries including Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York City; Chicago International Art Exposition; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to name a few. Doug's work has been honored for various awards including Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship and award in printmaking, exhibition catalog awards - American Association of Museums. 

 

 

Polly Johnson

Polly Johnson earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Western Michigan University and an MFA in Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University. With over 22 years of professional teaching experiences, Polly joined Ringling College in 1993. Her recent articles include Design Education in Progress: Process and Methodology, From Stasis to Motion; Zed 5: Implications of the Object, Big rigs and mudflapgirls; Zed 7: Public and Private, Just in case we have to do some cooking and her published works include Experimental Typography, Innovations in Digital Graphics.  

 

 

Angela Leed

Design Arts First Year Coordinator

Angela Leed earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Indiana University and an MFA in 2 Dimensional Studies from Bowling Green State University.  With over two years of professional teaching experience, Angela joined Ringling College in 2013. Her work has been shown in exhibitions throughout Chicago, New York and Indiana and she has received numerous awards, including an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Council.

 

 

 

Vivian Owen

Vivian Owen earned a BA in Communications/Advertising from Xavier University and an MA in Advertising from Michigan State University. With over 4 years of professional teaching experience, Vivian joined Ringling College in 2010. She has eight years of professional experience in the advertising industry, specifically in the creative and copywriting departments of the business. She has written ads for national clients such as The Ritz-Carlton, Aflac, Steak ‘n Shake, Expedia.com, Eureka, Sherwin Williams, Mr. Clean and Swiffer. Vivian's work has been recognized through multiple industry awards in the ADDY®s competition and has been featured in AdWeek and the US Ad Review. She is a Past President of the local American Advertising Federation chapter and has served 5 years on the Board of Directors.

 

 

Joani Spadaro

Joani Spadaro earned a BFA in Advertising with distinction from the Academy of Art University and an MFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Printmaking at Cranbrook Academy of Art. With over 23 years of professional teaching experience, Joani joined Ringling College in 2008. Her design work has been honored in a number of shows and publications including the 100 Show, the AIGA Annual, ID Magazine and Émigré Magazine. Joani's areas of interest include typography, language, literature and feminist studies. She explores the intersection of these areas in mixed–media paintings and drawings and has exhibited her work in both solo and group shows. Joani is one–half of the design firm doubledagger.

 

 

Edwin Utermohlen

Edwin Utermohlen earned a BFA in Painting with a minor in Woodworking from East Carolina University and an MFA in Graphic Design from California Institute of the Arts. With over 24 years of professional teaching experience, Edwin joined Ringling College in 2001. His work has been recognized by the American Center for Design, HOW Magazine, Adobe Systems, the Society of Publication Designers, and the Art Director's Club of Indiana.


 

Adjunct Faculty

 

Holly Antoszewski

Holly Antoszewski earned a BFA in Graphic and Interactive Communications from Ringling College of Art and Design. She is also the Associate Director of the Ringling College Design Center.

 

 

Kathleen Sobr

Interim Department Head, Business of Art and Design

 

Kathleen joined Ringling College in 2016 as an adjunct faculty member and has served as the BOAD Department Coordinator, focusing on recruiting and increasing enrollment in the program, managing communication with prospective students and parents, and planning and supporting departmental special events. Kathleen earned a BA in Business of Art and Design from Ringling College and an MA in Arts and Project Management from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design in the UK. Prior to her position at Ringing College, she worked as a freelance producer, production coordinator, and project manager for creative companies in New York and the UK. In addition to coordinating live events, she has produced a wide range of digital projects, from commercial animatics to Sesame Street shorts to full graphics packages for MTV World and National Geographic.

Full Time Faculty

 

 

 

Marilyn Garman

 

Marilyn Garman earned a BA in Business of Art and Design from Ringling College of Art and Design and an MA in Entertainment Industry Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She joined Ringling College in 2015 after having interned at various production companies and studios in Los Angeles and worked at Sony Pictures Television. Marilyn has a strong business understanding for entertainment companies and production management, film marketing strategy, entrepreneurship, negotiation and the business of gaming.

 

Dr. James Krause

James Krause earned a BA in Accountancy from Walsh College of Accountancy in Troy, MI, a MS in Professional Accountancy from Walsh College of Accountancy, and a DBA in Business Administration, Finance & Accounting from Nova Southeastern University. With over 28 years of professional teaching experience, Jim joined Ringling College in 2009. He is the main principal of Dr. James D. Krause, CPA, CrFA – a certified public accounting and certified forensic accounting firm in Tampa, Florida. Jim has published numerous articles in academic journals that include “Using Neural Networks to Beat the Point Spread in Football Games” to “Good Accountants Manage Businesses, Bad Accountants Manage Earnings”. 


Visiting Full Time Faculty

 

Sarita Guilllory

Sarita René graduated from Ringling College with a BA in Business of Art and Design, a minor in Photography, and an Independent Study in Creative Leadership. After earning her MFA in Fine and Studio Arts from Florida State University, Sarita sought out a second Master's, an MBA from West Texas A&M University. Sarita has recently returned from Florence, Italy where she was a Visiting Professor for Florida State University International Program. She has also taught at Florida State University at the Tallahassee campus. Prior to departing for Italy, Sarita worked as a project manager for Sweet Sparkman Architects where she led the transfer project of the Venice, Italy Biennale exhibition for the firm. She has also served as Vice President of the Working Method Contemporary art gallery, managed Light Box Photography Studio, and was a Master of Fine Art Director Assistant. These experiences provided the opportunity for Sarita to fuse business and art. Sarita's art has been featured both in the United States and Italy. She has exhibited art in places such as the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, FL, Thomas Dean Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, GA, and Art Basel in Miami, FL.

Long Term Part Time Faculty


Mark Ormond

Mark Ormond earned a BA in Art History from University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Art History with a minor in Museum Studies from George Washington University, and a graduate of the Museum Management Institute at University of California at Berkeley. He has over 25 years of professional experience in museum management, museum studies, and as an art historian and curator. Mark is an author, editor and contributor of art criticism, catalogue essays and monographs on contemporary art and architecture.

 


 

 

 

Full Time Faculty
 

 

 

James McCampbell

Computer Animation and Game Art Department Head

James McCampbell, Department Head for Computer Animation and Game Art, earned his BFA in Communication Design from the University of Tennessee. With over 20 years of professional teaching experience, Jim joined Ringling College in 1995. He has held such positions as senior animator, senior art director, and creative director. Jim's past clients include TNN, A&E, HGTV, Time Warner, CBS, NBC, ABC affiliates. He is the recipient of numerous ADDY® awards, and received a First Place Gold Award for Computer Animation, New York Festivals. Jim is also a member of the Advisory Board for 3D Magazine.

 

 

Wala Alhadad

Wala Alhadad earned his MFA in Visual Development for Animation, Film, and Game from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. With over 2 years of professional teaching experience, Wala joined Ringling College in 2015. He previously worked in the animation industry for more than five years as a Visual Development Artist, Matte Painter and Texture Artist at Rubicon Group Holding. Wala also worked in the game industry as a concept artist, matte painter and texture artist. His philosophy of teaching is to combine his range of experience with his ability to be a compassionate, enthusiastic, intelligent teacher to build the visual, conceptual and creative abilities and the problem solving strategies that are essential to students` development as professionals; as well as preparing them for the entertainment industry.

 


 

 

Dominic Avant

Dominic Avant earned a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. With over 9 years of professional teaching experience, Dominic joined Ringling College in 2006. He has held many positions in the animation industry with companies such as Cecropia and Walt Disney Animation. Dominic has worked on many productions including: Mulan, Tarzan, Emperor’s New Groove, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear.  


 

 

Jeremy Cantor

Jeremy Cantor earned a BFA in Illustration and Computer Science from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. A faculty member for over 4 years, Jeremy joined Ringling College in 2011. He has been animating professionally for nearly twenty years and has worked at companies such as Sony Imageworks, Trippett Studio, Sega, and Truemax Studios. Jeremy has held many positions in the industry including animation supervisor, artist, and animator.  His professional credits include Starship Troopers, Hollow Man, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and Evolution, Transformers 2, Avatar, Rango, I Am Number 4, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, and Super 8. He also co-authored the book Inspired 3D Short Film Production.

 

 

 

Scott Carroll

Scott Carroll earned a BFA in Computer Animation with a minor in Photography from Ringling College of Art and Design.  With over 2 years of professional teaching experience, Scott joined Ringling College in 2014. He has worked as a commercial game designer on successful franchises for some of the biggest publishers in the electronic entertainment industry including: Skylanders (Activision Blizzard), Forza Motorsport (Microsoft Game Studios), and Medal of Honor (Electronic Arts). 

 

 

 

George Cwirko-Godycki

George began his teaching career at Ringling College of Art and Design in 2017 as an adjunct instructor. In addition to his teaching role, George is a freelance illustrator with a focus on whimsical line work for print and online publications. His work with students, art projects, and travels are frequently featured on his Instagram account, @georgedrawing, which enjoys an active following of more than 120,000 people around the world. George recently concluded his first solo gallery show, has published four books of illustrations and is under contract to write a drawing instruction book. Prior to Ringling College, George was a faculty member at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for six years, where he taught costume drawing, digital painting, and fashion illustration, among other courses. George earned his BFA in Fine Art from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

 

 

Jamie DeRuyter

Jamie DeRuyter earned a BFA in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 14 years of professional teaching experience, Jamie joined Ringling College in 2002. He has worked for such companies as The Pixel Factory, Victory FX, Kleiser-Walczak Construction Company, and Visual Book Productions. 

 


 

 

Paul Downs

Paul Downs earned a BFA in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 5 years of professional teaching experience, Paul joined Ringling College in 2011. He is a professional screenwriter and animator with fifteen years of experience spanning film, commercial and video game production. Paul previously worked at Blue Sky Studios as a character animator for several feature films including Robots, the Ice Age franchise, Horton Hears a Who, Rio, Epic, and the Academy Award-nominated short No Time for Nuts. Paul also works as a professional screenwriter, where his credits include a live-action family comedy optioned by Smart Entertainment, an animation pitch purchased by 20th Century Fox Animation and story development on several projects for Blue Sky Studios. Paul continues to freelance in the industry producing animation on such feature films as Free Birds, Serena and the Enchanted Island as well as this year's release Ice Age: Collision Course.


 

 

Ed Gavin

Ed Gavin earned is BFA in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design and his MFA in Computer Arts from Florida Atlantic University. With over 18 years of professional teaching experience, Ed joined Ringling College in 1999. He is a former animator at Blue Sky Studios and a former lead cinematic artist at n-Space. His recognitions include first place for the Experimental Video Award at Athens International. 

 

 

Eric Gingrich

Eric Gingrich earned a BFA in Art Video Production from Savannah College of Art and Design. With over 6 years of professional teaching experience, Eric joined Ringling College in 2009. He is a veteran Cinematics and Design Lead with thirteen years in the video game industry. He has been credited with 15 titles across 11 platforms and 9 genres including Where the Wild Things Are (X-Box 360, PS3, Wii); X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Wii, PS2); Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings (PSP); Call of Duty: Roads to Victory (PSP); Algorithmics Rock the World (L-Max); Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PC Unreal engine).  www.ericgingrich.com

 


 

 

Deborah Healy

Deborah Healy earned an MFA in Visual Communication from Syracuse University. Her past professional positions include traditional animation and stop motion lead at Disney Institute.  She was also the Traditional Training Specialist at Disney Feature Animation in California.  Deborah's own films work have been recognized at many festivals such as Annecy, Zagreb, Ottawa, Lincoln Center, Vanderbilt, and Chicago Art Institute. Her illustration work has been in numerous Society of Illustrators annuals and she's also been a judge and had a one woman show at the Society. 

 

 

Stewart Leith

Steward Leith earned an MFA in Visual Development from the Academy of Art University. Stewart joins Ringling College in 2016. He attended Semester at Sea while working on his undergraduate degree in international relations, and, visiting twelve different countries, he circumnavigated the world and was inspired by each of the amazing cultures. Japan's rich history and elegant aesthetics captured his imagination and after studying at a university in Tokyo, he later returned to Japan as a teacher. Stewart has worked on projects that include a Student Oscar winning short and a feature length film set in China. He has worked on indie games, children's books, board games and book covers. Travel and exploration still inspire his artwork and he’s excited to continue creating new and fantastic worlds.

Ryland Loncharich

Ryland Loncharich earned a BFA in Interactive Design and Game Development from Savannah College of Art and Design. With over 2 years of professional teaching experience, Ryland joined Ringling College in 2013. He spent the past seven years working with such companies as Electronic Arts, THQ, Snowblind Studios and Warner Brothers Games. His title credits combined have sold more than six million copies and include Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Guardians of Middle Earth, Batman: Arkham City and Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

 


 

 

James Martin

James Martin earned a BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design. With over 27 years of professional teaching experience, James joined Ringling College in 2015. He has held previous positions such as background painter, visual development artist, storyboard artist and a freelance illustrator and sketch artist. His work includes toy packaging, prop paintings for film, billboards, and print advertising. Clients included Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, The Grammy Awards, Mattel, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, The Disney Magazine, Lightstorm Entertainment, Marvel Comics and commissions from directors James Cameron and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. James' worked on such films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Tarzan and Treasure Planet.  He is also a frequent guest lecturer and internationally exhibited fine artist.


 

 

Sean McLaughlin

Sean McLaughlin earned a BFA in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 8 years of professional teaching experience, Sean joined Ringling College in 2007. He worked in the animation industry for 12 years at Dreamworks Feature Animation as a Lead 3D Character Animator and FX Developer/Animator. Screen credits include feature films Bee Movie, Over the Hedge, Shark Tale, Shrek 2, Sinbad: Legend of the 7 Seas, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Road to El Dorado, and Prince of Egypt.  He also animated on the Academy Award®-winning short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore for Moonbot Studios. 


 

 

Billy Merritt

Billy Merritt earned a BFA in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 10 years of professional teching experieince, Billy joined Ringling College in 2006. He previously animated at Pixar Animation Studios and taught animation part-time to graduate and undergraduate students at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His Pixar credits include A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Cars. In addition to feature work, he has also animated on Toy Story 2 commercials, Monsters Inc., ABC Television interstitials, and the short film Boundin’.  

 

 

Martin Murphy

Martin Murphy earned a BFA in Computer Graphics from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 6 years of professional teaching experience, Marty joined Ringling College in 2009. He has sixteen years of experience in the entertainment industry. He has contributed his talents to feature films, numerous broadcast design packages and commercials, and to the creation of more than twenty games ranging from the arcade and SEGA Genesis era to the current console systems. 

 

 

Michael Phillippi

Michael is a graduate of The Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) with a BFA in Sequential Art and an MFA in Illustration. Over his 20-year career, he has worked as a staff artist for Wizards of the Coast, lead concept artist for EA, a professor of illustration at SCAD, and has freelanced for companies throughout the entertainment industries. Some of the properties he has created illustrations for include Dungeons & Dragons, Dragon MagazineMagic the Gathering, World of Warcraft, and Hearthstone. As a concept artist and a game developer, his shipped titles include Warhammer Age of Reckoning, Ultima, Ultima Forever, Dark Age of Camelot, Dungeon Keeper, Kingdoms of Amular, as well as numerous prototypes and as-yet-unreleased projects for EA, CCP, Shiver Entertainment, Rumble Entertainment, Broadsword, GearBox, Dire Wolf Digital and Dodge Roll. His work has been included in multiple editions of Spectrum; The Best in Fantastic Art, published illustration collections/annuals and gallery shows in the US, Europe, Israel and China. Currently, he is based in Miami and is co-founder and art director of The Source for Art, an outsourcing studio providing 2D and 3D art support to clients throughout the US.


 

 

Gary Schumer

Gary Schumer earned a BFA in Painting with a minor in Drawing from Washington University and an MFA in Painting and a minor in Drawing from Ohio University. With over 21 years of professional teaching experience, Gary joined Ringling College in 2005. He has held industry positions such as effects animator and assistant animator and has worked on many films including Brother Bear, Mulan, Tarzan, Emperor's New Groove and Lilo & Stitch. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and has been featured in several publications.


 

 

Karen Sullivan

Media Arts First Year Coordinator and Outreach & Assessment Coordinator 

Karen Sillivan earned a BFA in Fine Arts from Indiana University and an MFA in Computer Animation from the University of Massachusetts. With over 21 years of professional teaching experience, Karen joined Ringling College in 1998. She is the cover editor for SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Quarterly and was the chair for the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery in 2002. Her work has been featured in numerous national shows and publications.


 

 

Heather Thomson

Heather Thomson earned a BFA in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 14 years of professional teaching experience, Heather joined Ringling College in 2001. Her past industry positions include animator, character animator, and character setup supervisor/senior animator. Past clients include  Planet Hollywood, Orlando Magic, Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Six Flags, Sea World, MGM Studios, Disney Cruise Line, Hard Rock Cafe, ABC, MasterCard, IMAX, and PBS. 

 

 

Morgan Woolverton

Morgan Woolverton earned a BFA from Hampshire College and an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. With over 3 years of professional teaching experience, Morgan joined Ringling College in 2015. He is an artist and game developer with over 20 years of experience, which has included roles with AAA console games and freelance illustration, as well as teaching college-level art courses. Most recently he was a game developer at Microsoft working on Halo 5. In the last 11 years he has shipped titles that vary in theme from: sci-fi shooter, action role-playing games (RPG), RPG, racing, and Multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), as well as adventure games. He held a key role on Shadow of Mordor which won Game of the Year at the 2015 Game Developers Conference awards. 

 


 

 

Andy Welihozkiy

Andy Welihozkiy earned a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design. With several years of professional experience, Andy joins Ringling College in 2016. He has worked on several CG/TV and film productions as well as 17 shipped gaming titles. Andy has played an integral role throughout the animation production pipeline for companies such as ReelFX, Electronic Arts, Take Two Interactive, Telltale Games, and Rockstar Games. He has supervised animation and cinematic teams for games, which have achieved success; as well as, two Game of The Year awards. Andy’s work can be seen and experienced in Grand Theft Auto 5, Sam & Max Season 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and L.A. Noire, to name a few.  


 

 

Ron Zeitler

Ron Zeitler earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Louisiana Tech University and a BFA in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 12 years of professional teaching experience, Ron joined Ringling College for the second time in his career in 2012. He previously worked for Walt Disney Feature Animation in Orlando, FL, where he worked on Pocahontas, Mulan, Emperor's New Groove, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear. Ron also worked as a story artist for a new Feature Animation division of Digital Domain (DD) on their first Feature Film, The Legend of Tembo

 

 


Long Term Part Time

Kurt Karussi

Kurt Karussi earned a BFA in Industrial Design from the Cleveland Institute of Art.

 

 

Full Time Faculty

 

 

Ryan Van Cleave, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator 

Ryan Van Cleave earned a BA in English with minors in Music and Philosophy from Northern Illinois University, an MA in English from Florida State University, and a PhD in English from Florida State University. With over 20 years of professional teaching experience, Ryan joined Ringling in 2009. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in such venues as The Christian Science Monitor, Clean Eating, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, The Progressive, Psychology Today, and The Writer. He’s authored more than twenty books, including The Weekend Book Proposal (Writer’s Digest Books), Memoir Writing for Dummies (Wiley), and Unlocked (Walker Books for Young Readers).  www.ryangvancleave.com  

 

 

Nicole Caron

ESL/Writing Coordinator

Nicole Caron earned a BA in English from Pitzer College and a MA in English from Portland State University. With over 10 years of professional teaching experience, Nicole joined Ringling in 2010. She has taught composition at community colleges and universities in Oregon, Connecticut and Florida. Nicole spent the 1990s working for and consulting with community colleges, metals manufacturing companies, and other small businesses designing and developing training programs, directing technology adoption programs, writing grants and marketing and strategic plans. www.nicolecaron.com

 

 

 

Susan Doll, Ph.D.

Susan Doll earned a BA in Art History with a minor in Ceramics from Kent State University; a MA in Art History from Ohio State University; and a PhD in Film History and Theory from Northwestern University. With over 11 years of professional teaching experience, Susan joined Ringling College in 2012. She is a writer and researcher for commercial DVD labels, arts organizations, and Turner Classic Movies. Susan is the author of Elvis for DummiesUnderstanding ElvisThe Films of Elvis Presley, and Marilyn: Her Life and Legend; and co-author of Florida on Film (University Press of Florida).

 

Visiting Full Time

 

 

Rick Dakan

Rick Dakan earned a BA in History from The American University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University. He joined Ringling College in 2015. Rick has written professionally since 1995, with dozens of tabletop game publications in the late 1990s. In 2000 he co-founded Cryptic Studios and was the original lead designer for the hit online video game, City of Heroes. Since then he has written comic books, video game criticism, magazine articles, short stories and has had four novels published including the Geek Mafia trilogy and Cthulhu Cult: A Novel of Obsession. He continues to write for and about games as well as new fiction in multiple genres. www.rickdakan.com

 

 

SJ Sindu

SJ's debut novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, is forthcoming in 2017 from Soho Press. She was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow and her hybrid fiction and nonfiction chapbook, I Once Met You But You Were Dead, was the winner of the 2016 Split Lip Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest. SJ's creative writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Brevity, The Normal School, The Los Angeles Review of Books, apt, Vinyl Poetry, PRISM International, Fifth Wednesday Journal, rkvry quarterly, among others. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is currently a PhD candidate at Florida State University.


Adjunct Faculty
 

Walton Beacham

Walton Beacham earned a BA in English from Georgia State University, an MA in English from the University of Arkansas, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas. His areas of research include popular culture, media studies, narratology, and poetics.

 

Full Time Faculty

 

 

Bradley Battersby

Film Department Head

Bradley Battersby, Department Head for the Film major, earned a BA in Drama from Stanford University, a Certificate of Completion for Directing Fellow from the American Film Institute, and a MA in Digital Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. With over 6 years of professional teaching experience, Bradley joined Ringling College in 2009. He has a wide range of experience in the film industry as a screenwriter, director and cinematographer. He has written and directed five feature films, written numerous screenplays, and directed a number of television episodes and commercials.


 

 

 

Lisa Gottlieb

Lisa Gottlieb earned a BA in Film and Video from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. With over 13 years of professional experience, Lisa joined Ringling College in 2015. She is a film, television and Internet director, screenwriter, producer and educator. Lisa directed three award winning feature films: Just One of the Guys, Cadillac Ranch, and Across the Moon, as well as a number of network and cable TV episodes including Boy Meets World, Dream On and Freddy’s Nightmares.


 

 

Sheryl Haler

Sheryl Haler earned a BFA in Design Communication from Texas Tech University and an MFA in Clay/Fiber/Sculpture from the University of Houston. With over 30 years of professional teaching experience, Sheryl joined Ringling College in 1992. Her work has been exhibited at Textile Arts Centre, Chicago; Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts; Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Museum; and Provincetown Museum, MA. Sheryl is the co-author of Design Concepts and Applications


 

 

Christopher Julian

Christopher Julian earned a BA in Photography from Virginia Intermont College and an MFA in Motion Picture, Television, and Recording Arts from Florida State University.  With over 2 years of professional teaching experience, C.J. joined Ringling College in 2013. He has worked on over 200 features, commercials and music videos. C.J. is a screenwriter and has written or collaborated on several screenplays. He is also a staff writer with Lobrau Productions and volunteers with the Young Storytellers Foundation in Los Angeles where he mentors youths in writing and producing their own screenplays.


 

 

Robert Melville

Robert Melville earned a BA in Law at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England; an MFA in Film from the Florida State Conservatory of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts; and a JD in Law at the University of Detroit School of Law. With over 21 years of professional teaching experience, Bob joined Ringling College in 2001. He is a writer/director as well as a member of the bar in Great Britain, Canada and the state of Florida.

 

 

Mark Parry

Mark Parry earned a BA in Art & Communications from Chapman University and an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California. With over 14 years of professional teaching experience, Mark joined Ringling College in 2007. His career in the motion picture industry spans 20 years and includes work in nearly every position critical to the creation of a film. As a cinematographer, he has shot over a dozen features and scores of other projects including commercials, music videos and shorts. Mark's cinematography has won several awards including the Nissan FOCUS Award and he is a member of the Directors Guild of America, and as second unit director, he directed the “Flying Elvises” and the Hawaii aerial sequences in Honeymoon in Vegas, a 1993 Golden Globe nominee for Comedy. In 2006, Mark mentored the director of the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award winning film The Reel Monkey. In addition, he served as the cinematographer on the project. Mark has also guest-lectured at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

 

Greg Marcks

Greg is an award-winning director and screenwriter. He holds a BA from Carnegie Mellon University's undergraduate creative writing program and an MFA in Film Directing from Florida State University. His thesis film Lector, a 1920s drama about changing times in a Tampa cigar factory, received a Student Academy Award. Greg wrote and directed his first feature film at age 25, the $5 million independent dark comedy 11:14, an inventively-structured film starring Hilary Swank, Patrick Swayze, Ben Foster, and Barbara Hershey. Greg then wrote screenplays for Lions Gate, Summit, DreamWorks, and Sony Pictures TV before directing his second feature Echelon Conspiracy. This $12 million international spy thriller filmed in four countries stars Edward Burns, Jonathan Pryce and Martin Sheen. Recently Greg has explored alternate formats for storytelling, including 3D and immersive 360-degree virtual reality. He wrote and directed a 10 minute VR science-fiction drama entitled Static that attempted to push forward the narrative boundaries of the medium. In addition, Greg is an avid cinephile, having seen over 6000 films. He has written for Film Quarterly, is a voting member of the New York Independent Film Critics' Circle, and curates the cinema blog First Class Movies.


 

Long Term Part Time Faculty


 

Lance Ford Jones

Lance Ford Jones earned a BFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in Electronic Media from the University of South Florida. His work has won many awards include a Clio Award for Best Television/Cinema Interactive and the SIGGRAPH International Art Show.


 

Adjunct Faculty

 

Callie Donnelly

Callie Donnelly received her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jerry Chambless

Jerry Chambless earned a BFA in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design.

Victor Simpkins

Victor Simpkins earned an AB from Princeton.

Full Time Faculty

 

Joe Fig

Fine Arts Department Head

Joe earned his BFA and MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is known for work that explores the creative process and the spaces where art is made. His paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, and videos have been exhibited nationally and internationally with over thirty solo and fifty group exhibitions. He is the author of Inside the Painter's Studio and Inside the Artist's Studio (Princeton Architectural Press), which share an intimate view inside the studios of today's leading artists. In these works, Joe grants unprecedented access into the creative process and offers insight into the sometimes puzzling contemporary art world. His work can be found in numerous museums and leading private collections including the Parrish Museum, Norton Museum, New Museum and the Fogg Museum. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Artforum, Art in America, ArtNews and Modern Painters as well as several international magazines. Joe has been a guest lecturer and visiting artist at over twenty-five institutions. He is represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York.

 

 

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson earned a BFA in Painting from the University of South Dakota and an MFA in Sculpture from University of South Dakota. With over 29 years of professional teaching experience, Mark joined Ringling College in 1987. His work has been shown in major exhibitions including John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, Orlando Museum of Art. Collections: John Michael Kohler Art Center, Kohler Company, Arts in Industry Collection, Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, and Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, GA. www.markeanderso.com.

 

 

 

Claudia Cumbie-Jones

Claudia Cumbie-Jones earned a BFA in Theater Arts from Birmingham Southern College, a MA in Educational Library/Media from the University of Alabama, and an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With over 23 years of professional teaching experience, Claudia joined Ringling College in 1994. She is a co-founder of Ringling College’s annual Cosmix Symposium on Immersive Media. Claudia's exhibitions include SIGGRAPH, State of Illinois Gallery, Dot Pixel Image/The Electronic Design Association, Jena Fulldome Festival, Domefest 2012, Fulldome UK, and ISEA2012.

 

 

 

Hugh Davies

Hugh Davies earned a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Brighton College of Art and Design and an MFA in Fine Arts from the Chelsea School of Art and the University of the Arts in London. With over 42 years of professional teaching experience, Hugh joined Ringling College in 2003. His work has been exhibited in leading galleries and museums in the UK and in galleries in Paris, Berlin, Australia, and the United States. Hugh's work has also been widely reviewed and discussed in numerous publications and he has received awards from the West Midlands Arts Association and The Arts Council of Great Britain, is an elected member of The London Group and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. www.hughdaviespaintings.com 

 

 

 

 

Nathan Skiles

Studio Arts First Year Coordinator

Nathan Skiles earned a BFA in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design and an MFA in Studio Arts from Montclair State University. With over 5 years of professional teaching experience, Nathan joined Ringling College in 2010. He considers technology to be an indispensable component to his professional practice as a contemporary artist and feels that embracing emerging new media is crucial to the development of any Fine Arts department. His recent exhibitions include The Clockmaker’s Apprentice, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; Black Forest / White Lightning, Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY; Welcome to Tartarus, Welcome to Valhalla, Greene Contemporary, New York, NY. www.NathanSkiles.com 

 

 

 

Michael Wyshock

Michael Wyshock earned a BFA in Painting and a minor in Art History from the University of Delaware; and an MFA in Painting and Digital Video from Florida State University. With over 5 years of professional teaching experience, Michael joined Ringling College in 2010. His work has been in exhibitions all over the world and his artwork has been supported by several research grants and awards including: Pollock Krasner Award, Vermont Studio Center Full Fellowship, Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Award, State University of New York Research Council Award, Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Award, UCA Research Award, FSU Distinguished Alumni Award and the Ringling Towers Award for Visual Arts. www.wyshock.com 

 


Visiting Full Time

 

 

Dustin Juengel

Dustin Juengel earned a BFA in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design and a MA in Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Art and Design.

 

 

 

Eszter Sziksz

Eszter Sziksz is a Hungarian artist and has traveled and lived in several countries from Asia to Europe.  She earned a BA from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and completed her MFA at the Memphis College of Art. Eszter's work blends papermaking, installation and video elements. She is an active artist and has shown at the regional and international level from Tokyo to Budapest. Her works were recently shown at the Santorini Art Biennial, International Artists Collective Museo del Brigantaggio, in Itri, Italy, Ice Hotel, Sweden, Krakow International Print Triennial and at the International Print Center New York.  Eszter`s works were mentioned at Art in Print Magazine, Volume 5 number 2.  

Long Term Part Time Faculty

 

 

Vicky Randall

Vicky Randall earned a BFA in Painting and Sculpture with a minor in Metalsmithing from Middle Tennessee State University and an MFA in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University. She has participated in over 180 invitationals, juried and one-person exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally. Vicky is well known for her monumental sculptures in stainless steel.

 

 

Full Time Faculty

 

 

James McCampbell

Computer Animation and Game Art Department Head

James McCampbell, Department Head for Computer Animation and Game Art, earned his BFA in Communication Design from the University of Tennessee. With over 20 years of professional teaching experience, Jim joined Ringling College in 1995. He has held such positions as senior animator, senior art director, and creative director. Jim's past clients include TNN, A&E, HGTV, Time Warner, CBS, NBC, ABC affiliates. He is the recipient of numerous ADDY® awards, and received a First Place Gold Award for Computer Animation, New York Festivals. Jim is also a member of the Advisory Board for 3D Magazine.

Full Time Faculty

 

 

Wala Alhadad

Wala Alhadad earned his MFA in Visual Development for Animation, Film, and Game from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. With over 2 years of professional teaching experience, Wala joined Ringling College in 2015. He previously worked in the animation industry for more than five years as a Visual Development Artist, Matte Painter and Texture Artist at Rubicon Group Holding. Wala also worked in the game industry as a concept artist, matte painter and texture artist. His philosophy of teaching is to combine his range of experience with his ability to be a compassionate, enthusiastic, intelligent teacher to build the visual, conceptual and creative abilities and the problem solving strategies that are essential to students` development as professionals; as well as preparing them for the entertainment industry.

 

 

 

 

Scott Carroll

Scott Carroll earned a BFA in Computer Animation with a minor in Photography from Ringling College of Art and Design.  With over 2 years of professional teaching experience, Scott joined Ringling College in 2014. He has worked as a commercial game designer on successful franchises for some of the biggest publishers in the electronic entertainment industry including: Skylanders (Activision Blizzard), Forza Motorsport (Microsoft Game Studios), and Medal of Honor (Electronic Arts). 

 

 

 

Jamie DeRuyter

Jamie DeRuyter earned a BFA in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 14 years of professional teaching experience, Jamie joined Ringling College in 2002. He has worked for such companies as The Pixel Factory, Victory FX, Kleiser-Walczak Construction Company, and Visual Book Productions. 

 

 

 

Eric Gingrich

Eric Gingrich earned a BFA in Art Video Production from Savannah College of Art and Design. With over 6 years of professional teaching experience, Eric joined Ringling College in 2009. He is a veteran Cinematics and Design Lead with thirteen years in the video game industry. He has been credited with 15 titles across 11 platforms and 9 genres including Where the Wild Things Are (X-Box 360, PS3, Wii); X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Wii, PS2); Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings (PSP); Call of Duty: Roads to Victory (PSP); Algorithmics Rock the World (L-Max); Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PC Unreal engine).  www.ericgingrich.com

 

Ryland Loncharich

Ryland Loncharich earned a BFA in Interactive Design and Game Development from Savannah College of Art and Design. With over 2 years of professional teaching experience, Ryland joined Ringling College in 2013. He spent the past seven years working with such companies as Electronic Arts, THQ, Snowblind Studios and Warner Brothers Games. His title credits combined have sold more than six million copies and include Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Guardians of Middle Earth, Batman: Arkham City and Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

 

 

 

Martin Murphy

Martin Murphy earned a BFA in Computer Graphics from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 6 years of professional teaching experience, Marty joined Ringling College in 2009. He has sixteen years of experience in the entertainment industry. He has contributed his talents to feature films, numerous broadcast design packages and commercials, and to the creation of more than twenty games ranging from the arcade and SEGA Genesis era to the current console systems. 

 

 

 

Michael Phillippi

Michael is a graduate of The Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) with a BFA in Sequential Art and an MFA in Illustration. Over his 20-year career, he has worked as a staff artist for Wizards of the Coast, lead concept artist for EA, a professor of illustration at SCAD, and has freelanced for companies throughout the entertainment industries. Some of the properties he has created illustrations for include Dungeons & DragonsDragon MagazineMagic the GatheringWorld of Warcraft, and Hearthstone. As a concept artist and a game developer, his shipped titles include Warhammer Age of Reckoning, Ultima, Ultima Forever, Dark Age of Camelot, Dungeon Keeper, Kingdoms of Amular, as well as numerous prototypes and as-yet-unreleased projects for EA, CCP, Shiver Entertainment, Rumble Entertainment, Broadsword, GearBox, Dire Wolf Digital and Dodge Roll. His work has been included in multiple editions of Spectrum; The Best in Fantastic Art, published illustration collections/annuals and gallery shows in the US, Europe, Israel and China. Currently, he is based in Miami and is co-founder and art director of The Source for Art, an outsourcing studio providing 2D and 3D art support to clients throughout the US.

 

 

Morgan Woolverton

Morgan Woolverton earned a BFA from Hampshire College and an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. With over 3 years of professional teaching experience, Morgan joined Ringling College in 2015. He is an artist and game developer with over 20 years of experience, which has included roles with AAA console games and freelance illustration, as well as teaching college-level art courses. Most recently he was a game developer at Microsoft working on Halo 5. In the last 11 years he has shipped titles that vary in theme from: sci-fi shooter, action role-playing games (RPG), RPG, racing, and Multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), as well as adventure games. He held a key role on Shadow of Mordor which won Game of the Year at the 2015 Game Developers Conference awards. 

 

Full Time Faculty

 

 

Scott Gordley

Illustration Department Head

Scott Gordley earned a BFA in graphic design from Ringling College of Art and Design and an MFA from Tufts University. With 30 years of illustration, teaching, and administration experience, Scott joins Ringling College in 2016. He is a former Chair of the Department of Art & Design at Montclair State University and most recently was the Director of the BFA Illustration/Animation program at MSU.  Scott began his career in New York illustrating for clients including Time, Esquire, Reader’s Digest, Newsday, and the London Times, Viking Penguin and William Morrow Publishing. In 2015 Scott was included in both The Society of Illustrators Annual American Illustration exhibition and in the American Illustration anthology: Best Of American Illustration 2015. Additionally he has been commissioned to paint numerous portraits over the past 30 years including renowned stage and screen actor James Earl Jones, New Yorker theater critic Edith Oliver, and both Cher and Madonna for Esquire magazine.

 

 

Katy Betz

Katy Betz earned a BFA in Illustration from Laguna College of Art and Design and an MFA in Art/Design from California State University. With over 3 years of professional teaching experience, Katy joined Ringling College in 2012. She is an accomplished children’s book illustrator, recently winning a Christopher Award and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award. www.katybetz.com

 

 

Aaron Board

Aaron Board earned a BFA in Painting from Auburn University and an MFA in Painting from New York Academy of Art. With over 6 years of professional teaching experience, Aaron joined Ringling College in 2012. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Ohio and Canada, and is included in various private collections in the United States as well as internationally.  www.aaronboard.com

 

 

 

Don Brandes

Don Brandes earned a BFA in Fine Arts with a minor in Graphic Design from the University of Missouri and an MFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. With over 17 years of professional teaching experience, Don joined Ringling College in 1998. He is a former illustrator for Hallmark Cards and has had numerous clients including Northwest Airlines.  www.donbrandes.com

 

 

 

Peter Brown

Peter Brown earned a BS in Human Development from the University of Massachusettes and an MFA in Painting from Indiana University. With over 26 years of professional teaching experience, Peter joined Ringling College in 1989. His work has been represented by galleries in Florida, Maine and New York City and his works are in numerous regional and national exhibitions and collections. Peter's awards include Florida Visual Artist Fellowship and Della Fricke Grant.

 

 

 

Thomas Casmer

Thomas Casmer earned a BA in Fine Arts with a minor in English & Literature from Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN and a BFA in Illustration & Graphic Design from College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul, MN. With over 33 years of professional teaching experience, Tom joined Ringling College in 2003. His professional experience includes more than 25 years as an Illustrator, Designer, Art Director and Fine Artist.

 

 

 

Robin Cody-Brown

Robin Cody-Brown earned a BFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts and an MFA in Painting from Queens College, City University of New York. With over 22 years of professional teaching experience, Robin joined Ringling College in 2001. Her work has been represented in galleries in Florida and Maine, and in numerous regional and national exhibitions, and private collections. www.robincody.com  

 

 

 

Regan Todd Dunnick

Regan Todd Dunnick earned a BFA in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 28 years of professional teaching experience, Regan joined Ringling College in 1987. His artwork has been included in Print’s Top 100 Posters of the 20th century, the New Pop Show which chronicled the 25 most innovative illustrators in America and one of 50 American Illustrators selected for the United Nation’s Environmental show. Some of his notable clients include Rolling Stone Magazine, Time Magazine, Newsweek, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many more.

 

 

 

 

Mike Hodges

Mike Hodges earned a BFA in Visual Design and Fine Arts from Auburn University and an MFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. With over 34 years of professional teaching experience, Mike joined Ringling College in 1992. His professional clients have included New Yorker, Chicago Tribune, Esquire, Wall Street Journal Reports, Sports Illustrated, i, MasterCard, ABC Television, UPS, IBM, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Federal Express, Delta Airlines and Absolut. Mike's work has won numerous national awards and has been feature in exhibitions and he is a member of Society of Illustrators, Dallas Society of Illustrators, and Illustrators' Club of Washington/Maryland/Virginia.

 

 

 

Carl E. Johnson

Carl E. Johnson earned a BFA in Illustration with a minor in Drawing from Colorado State University and an MFA in Painting with a minor in Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With over 33 years of professional teaching experience, Carl joined Ringling College in 1997. His work has been shown in such exhibitions as Butler Institute of Art, "R.S.V.P." at Society of Illustrators. Collections: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Huntington National Bank, Marshall Erdman and Associates. He has held fellowships with Millay Colony of the Arts and the Saltonstall Foundation.

 

 

 

Sean Murray

Sean is an award-winning freelance illustrator, concept artist, author, and teacher who has worked in the entertainment industry for over fifteen years. He has spent the bulk of his career as a video game concept artist, working on several titles, including Dungeons & Dragons Online, The Lord of the Rings Online, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. He has worked for clients such as Sony Screen Gems, DreamWorks, Legendary Pictures, visionary film director and producer Guillermo Del Toro, Disney-Hyperion Publishing, Sideshow Collectibles, Wizards of the Coast, Lego and EA Games. Sean won the Gold Award in the "Concept Art" category for this year's Spectrum Fantastic Art annual juried competition and his work has been chosen to be included in Spectrum annuals over the past eight years. Sean has been nominated for a prestigious Chesley Award and won a Silver and Bronze medal award from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles in 2015. He has taught in the illustration departments at Maryland Institute College of Art, Syracuse University (his alma mater) and the New Hampshire Institute of Art. He also teaches world-building at various illustration-focused workshops. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012, Sean self-published Gateway: The Book of Wizards as a primer into his personal world-building project. Sean also co-created a card/board game hybrid called "Gateway: Uprising" that released in Fall of 2017 and is published by CMON, Inc..

 

 

Octavio Perez

Octavio Perez earned a BFA in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 15 years of professional teaching experience, Octavio joined Ringling College in 2001. He previously worked at Hallmark Cards and currently works on concept design and execution of editorial illustrations and news graphics for the St. Petersburg Times. His numerous national clients include Hallmark Cards Inc., GEAR Inc., Cabela's, and Humanities Magazine.

 

 

 

George Pratt

George Pratt earned a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Pratt Institute. With over 16 years of professional teaching experience, George joined Ringling College in 2006. A successful painter, his work is in private collections in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, and Japan, and has been exhibited in the Houston Museum of Fine Art and many galleries throughout the world. He was awarded a Gold Medal in the Spectrum Awards of 2002 and has had his work exhibited many times at the Society of Illustrators in New York. George continues to illustrate and design books and book jackets for various publishers including Random House, Henry Holt, Inc., Warner Books, Clarion Books, and Columbia Studios.

 

 

 

Caleb Prochnow

Caleb Prochnow earned a BFA in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design. With over 5 years of professional teaching experience, Caleb joined Ringling College in 2012. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Best of Ringling Juried Student Show, Society of Illustrators, CMYK, Spectrum, Darkhorse Scholarship, and Massive Black Thunderdome. Some of his past clients include Disney, Universal, Ron Jon, Hard Rock, Ogilvy and Mather, Simon and Schuster and Electronic Arts.  www.vectorgenius.com

 

 

 

Ken Spirduso

Ken Spirduso earned a BFA in Illustration from the University of Kansas. With over a year of professional teaching experience, Ken joined Ringling College in 2014.  He has held past positions including layout artist and background artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation. His credits include The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo and Stitch and Brother Bear.  He also worked for Walt Disney Imagineering as a freelance illustrator and muralist and with n-Space as a senior concept artist.

 

 

Steven Taft

Steven Taft earned a BFA in Painting from the University of Utah and an MFA in Painting from Claremont Graduate University. With over 26 years of professional teaching experience, Steve joined Ringling College in 2007. He has an extensive gallery and museum exhibition record, and is represented in many public collections. Steve has also worked as a graphic designer, video editor, and network television set designer. He has taught at colleges across the country, including the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and the University of Utah. His current interests include digital painting, alternative photography, and history.

 

 

 

Joseph Thiel

Joseph Thiel earned a BS in Design from Buffalo State College and an MFA in Illustration/Drawing from State University of New York at Buffalo. With over 23 years of professional teaching experience, Joe joined Ringling College in 1992. He has had his work published in Print, New York Times Book Review, Detroit News, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and Blue Sky. His clients include United Features Syndicate and Johns Hopkins. Joe is an educational member of the Society of Illustrators and the College Art Association. He is the author of Below the Beltway and Dirty Pictures from Longwind Publishing.  www.jrthiel.com

 

 

Rebecca Zomcheck

Rebecca, illustrator, designer, and letterer, graduated with an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from The School of Visual Arts in New York City and a BFA in Illustration, Summa Cum Laude with Honors, from Syracuse University. She has worked as a freelance illustrator and game designer. Rebecca has illustrated several children's books with Scholastic Publishing and just worked on her first coloring book with Penguin/Random House. 

Visiting Full Time Faculty

 

 

Matteo Caloiaro

Matteo Caloiaro earned a BFA in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design. He is a successful painter and illustrator. Matteo's work is part of numerous private collections, and he is represented by M Gallery of Fine Arts in Sarasota, FL, and Kiley Court Gallery in Provincetown, MA.  www.caloiaro.com  

 

 

David Gardner

David has been a professional illustrator for three decades. A former artist for Walt Disney Animation Studios, David has worked on layouts and visual development for projects including Beauty and the Beast, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Rescuers Down Under, A Goofy Movie, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the Land Before Time sequels. He has also illustrated several children's books including the groundbreaking Harvey Milk Story and the award-winning Sarah Gives Thanks. David grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and wanted to be a Disney artist for as long as he can remember. He received his Bachelor's degree in Communication from Northwestern University, majoring in Film, then studied fine art and illustration for three years at the American Academy of Art. After his years working at Disney and other animation studios, David decided to go freelance as an illustrator and created Flying Dog Studio. He is a longtime member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. For several years, he directed the world-famous Gustave Baumann Marionettes for the New Mexico Museum of Art.

 

 

Stephanie Henderson

Stephanie Henderson earned an undergraduate degree from College for Creative Studies and an MFA from Wayne State University. With over 30 years of professional experience, Stephanie joins Ringling College in 2016. She has worked in both the fine and commercial art worlds and has received numerous awards and honors. Stephanie's work has appeared in many publications such as dream journals by Marcel Schurman, cards by Bottman Design, books such as Claus Brusen’s Imaginaire series, Marcel Salome’s Dreamscapes, Faye Dowling’s curation The Book of Skulls, and magazines such as Charles Hively’s Creative Quarterly. She has been commissioned by Roseanne Barr’s Full Moon High Tide Productions Inc., Julie Andrews Edwards and Harper Collins, Laura Childs and Berkeley Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster , Berkley Publishing Group, Prentice Hall, Multnomah Books , Llewellyn Publications, Penguin/Putnam, and Celestial Seasonings. You can see more of Stephanie’s work on www.hendersonart.com

 

 

John Herzog

John is an illustrator, writer, and character designer. He earned a BFA in Animation from Brigham Young University. He joined Ringling College in 2017 as an adjunct faculty member. His experience in illustration and animation, coupled with over 15 years of film production experience, has given him a unique perspective on the art of visual storytelling. John's work has been featured in various national publications, including Highlights for Children, Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin, and High Five. His most recent clients include Aldrich Design and Hasbro. John is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and is represented by Shannon Associates. He lives with his wife, two kids, a pair of tarantulas, and a fish.

 

Gerry Hoag

Gerry is a Figurative artist with 22 years’ experience teaching in the United States and Italy. Classically trained in figure sculpture at Boston University (MFA) and contemporary sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (BFA), Mr. Hoag graduated with Distinction and Departmental Honors. His education is complemented by practical work experience in industry, beginning with anatomical training as a ‘Dienar’ in two hospitals under four pathologists assisting in autopsies. As a civilian contractor, working with Fort Devens School of Army Intelligence, Mr. Hoag rendered educational training materials as an Illustrator. Architectural renderings honed skills in perspective drawing and drafting.

Mr. Hoag possesses practical skills in welding, blacksmithing (including Damascus bladesmithing), fine woodworking, machine-shop practices and industrial design prototyping. He has worked on commissions ranging from over-life-size sculptures to children’s book award/statuettes. His pedagogical career began under Nathan Goldstein, noted author, artist and educator at the Art Institute of Boston.

As a journeyman teacher, Mr. Hoag has taught at a wide range of public and private institutions of higher education, such as The New York Academy Graduate School of Figurative Art, Harvard University, Boston University, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Massachusetts College of Art. 

 

Yazan Khalifeh

Yazan was born in Amman, Jordan. His journey into art started at a very young age, when in school he used to get lost in the art room every chance he had. He graduated from the Applied Sciences University in Jordan with a BA in Graphic Design; an experience which he states further grew his appreciation for art and illustration.

During Yazan’s undergrad studies, he was an active participant in annual shows, local exhibitions and competitions at which he received honors. After graduation, he gained real world experience working in print design for two years before joining an animation studio in Jordan to design characters for 3D animation projects. Later, Yazan worked in advertising as a visual artist and as an art director.

Following two solo exhibitions, Yazan entered the MFA program in Illustration at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and graduated in 2015.

 

Neil Riley

Neil received his BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in Painting from Boston University. His awards include a Fulbright Fellowship and an Alfred and Trafford Klots Residency. Neil has lectured and taught at numerous colleges and art programs. They include the Jerusalem Studio School in Israel and the Columbus College of Art and Design as an Associate Professor in the Fine Arts Program. Neil has exhibited in various museum and gallery shows, both nationally and internationally. Most recently he participated in the Eyes on the Land exhibit at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. The show was a collaboration between the museum, The Vermont Land Trust, and 13 Vermont artists to promote land conservation. SJ Sindu, Creative Writing. SJ's debut novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, is forthcoming 

 

Alexander Snyder

After graduation from the Ringling College of Art and Design, Alexander, has worked for Bronzart Foundry, a complete fine arts foundry located in Sarasota.  Over the last 15 years, Alexander has been developing his skills as a master sculptor, and working with artists from all over the U.S. and the world. He has had the opportunity to work with Robert Rauschenberg, Bill Schaff, Mariah Kirby Smith, and Kathy Spalding; as well as organizations like Disney, Graphicstudio and The Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

Alex’s artwork is predominantly in bronze, although drawing and painting are a part of his creative process. The human figure finds dominance in his work as it lends itself well to motion and beauty.  


Long Term Part Time Faculty

 

 

Gary Allen Barker

Gary Allen Barker earned a BA in Art with a minor in Spanish from the University of Indianapolis. He has been the Senior Cartoonist for the "Garfield" comic strip since 1983 and co-developed Garfield’s Pet Force and illustrated Garfield product art for such licensees as: NASCAR, Bradford, Mead, Hasbro, Ballantine, and Hallmark. Gary has also worked as Creative Director for IE Worldwide and as Designer/Illustrator for RM Enterprises, Hong Kong. He has been a Comic Book Artist for such publishers as Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse, and has been a Designer/Layout Artist for Film Roman Studios, Paramount Studios and Warner Brothers International.  www.garybarker.com  

 

 

 

Katie Dobson Cundiff

Katie Dobson Cundiff earned a BFA in Painting from Ringling College of Art and Design. She is the owner, illustrator and designer of Katie Dids Originals, Inc., a Sarasota design company producing screen printed and embroidered apparel for over 25 years. Katie is also an accomplished plein air oil painter. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States, Spain, France, and Argentina. Katie is represented by M Gallery of Fine Art in Sarasota, Corse Gallery and Atelier in Jacksonville, and Coconut Grove Gallery, Coconut Grove, FL, and is an associate member of Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists.  www.dobsonart.com  

 

 

 

Brooke Olivares

Brooke Olivares earned a BFA in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design. She is currently represented by Kiley Court Gallery in Provincetown, MA and Brandt-Roberts Galleries in Columbus, OH. Brooke's works have also been part of exhibitions in numerous states throughout the east coast including California, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC, and Massachusetts. Her most recent works were exhibited at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cape Cod, MA, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH, and at Gallery on Fifth, Naples,FL.  www.brookeolivaresfineart.com

 

 

 

Hodges Soileau

Hodges Soileau earned a BA in Advertising Design with a minor in Social Studies from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He has had a successful illustration career for twenty-five years. Hodges has worked for most of the major publishing houses in New York and he is a 23-year member of the prestigious Society of Illustrators in New York. During this time he received many citations of merit for work exhibited in annual shows. Hodges has had several solo shows, and has participated in numerous group shows. His work hangs in private collections as well as the United Stated Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard permanent collections.  www.hodgessoileau.com

 

 

 

Steven Strenk

Steven Strenk earned a BFA in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design and an MFA in Studio Art from University of South Florida. He is an artist of many mediums ranging from painting, to sculpture, and draws his inspiration from his coastal environment, along with a sense of playfulness. Steve is currently a part of the local artist group SARTQ, which is a circle of Sarasota artists engaging the community through unique art experiences. His work has been shown primarily in alternative spaces throughout Florida as well as out of state and is in private collections throughout the United States. In early 2014 Steven had the privilege of being selected as one of seven artists to participate in Sarasota Keys, an interactive music and art experience hosted in downtown Sarasota.

 

Adjunct Faculty

 

Eric Freeberg

Eric Freeberg recived his MFA in Painting from New York Academy of the Arts Graduate School of Figurative Art.

 

Full Time Faculty

 

 

Barbara S. Marini

Interior Design Department Head

Barbara S. Marini, Department Head of the Interior Design major, earned a BA in Interior Design from Michigan State University and a MS in Interior Design from Eastern Michigan University. With over 22 years of professional teaching experience, Barbara joined Ringling College in 2015. She has been an active interior design educator and  engaged in design education for nearly 20 years. Barbara is a professional member of ASID, IDEC, professional affiliate of AIA, and an NCIDQ Certificate holder as well as the Past National President of ASID. Barbara is a frequent speaker on design related issues and participates in professional and student activities.

 

 

Jill Eleazer-Sokol

Jill Eleazer earned a BD in Interior Design from the University of Florida, College of Architecture. With over 12 years of professional teaching experience, Jill joined Ringling College in 2003. Her work experience includes Director of Interior Design for architectural firms Odell Associates and Harvard-Jolly, and  owner of Eleazer Associates, an award-winning commercial interior design firm with healthcare, corporate, educational and high-end residential projects featured in numerous publications over its 15 years of operation. She led the student design team for the Center for Building Hope, which began as a course at Ringling.

 

 

 

Ryan Hansen

QEP Committee Director

Ryan Hansen earned a BA in Art History/Architectural Studies from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. With over 6 years of professional teaching experience, Ryan joined Ringling College in 2009. His past work experience includes Interior Designer at Perkins+Will and Associate at Heery International. His clients include the Lakeland Regional Medical Center, the Medical College of Georgia, Turner Entertainment, and The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Ryan is also a Professional member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

 

 

 

Seongwoo Nam

Seongwoo Nam earned a B.Arch. in Architecture from Iowa State University and a M.Arch. in Architecture from the University of Oklahoma. With over 15 years of professional teaching experience, Seongwoo joined Ringling College in 2000. He is an architect and LEED Accredited Professional with diverse project experience. Seongwoo was the recipient of Robert O. Barkley Fellowship from Ringling College and received the TAG award from Iowa State University. 

Long Term Part Time Faculty

 

Yael Campbell

Yael Campbell earned a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Painting from Ringling College of Art and Design. Her past professional experience includes graphic design, art director, and VP. Yuli is the recipient of numerous awards, including an ADDY® Award for Girls, Inc. and a Charlie Award. 


 

Adjunct Faculty

 

Aleksandra Moore

Aleksandra Moore earned an MFA in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design and an EdD in Educational Leadership/Higher Education from Argosy University.

 

 

Full Time Faculty

 

 

Ed Cheetham

Motion Design Department Head

Ed Cheetham, Department Head of the Motion Design major, earned a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Journalism from Drake University; and a MA in Art Education - Computer Graphics/Animation from The Ohio State University. With over 13 years of professional teaching experience, Ed joined Ringling College in 2009. He currently owns and operates his own animation/design company, Digital Artistry. Ed is responsible for concept, design, and production of 2D and 3D motion graphics and animation. His client list includes national cable channels such as Country Music Television, The Gospel Music Channel, Great American Country, and the Cartoon Network, as well as Viacom, NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox affiliates.

 

Peter Alfano

Art Director/Technical Director Peter Alfano holds a BFA from Tufts University and The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design. Peter worked for seven years at the creative studio Trollbäck + Company in New York, and later followed Creative Director Joe Wright in his new venture, Sibling Rivalry. Peter has pursued a dual role as both a creative and technical lead — moving seamlessly between concept, design, and execution. He has produced award-winning branding and motion graphics for clients including BBC, Google, Syfy, Nike, ESPN, TED, Microsoft, A&E, and Nickelodeon. Peter’s work spans television, film, installation, web, mobile, and print media, and has been honored by the Broadcast Design Awards, Type Directors Club, and the Art Directors Club. Peter has taught motion graphics at Parsons, The New School, and photography at Rhode Island School of Design. 

 

 

David Brodeur

David Brodeur earned a BFA in Graphic & Interactive Communication from Ringling College of Art and Design and he joined Ringling College professionally in 2014. He is an award winning Creative Director, Senior Art Director and Lead Cinema 4D Artist. Through his work at Leviathan in Chicago and his own freelancing, he has worked with world class brands including HBO, Starz, Showtime, Sundance, Fox Sports, A&E, BMW, Dodge, Toyota, Google, Adobe, Beats Audio, Callaway and Nestle. David's awards include the 2014 Communication Arts Design Annual, Behance Portfolio Award and Art & Engineering Challenge showcased in a global art exhibit.

 

 

 

Joe Donaldson

Joe Donaldson earned BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With many years of professional experience, Joe joins Ringling College in 2016. He is a director, designer and animator who has had the opportunity to work with Google, Apple, Facebook, The New York Times and Unicef to name a few. Most recently he worked at Buck as an art director where he helped find creative solutions for small and large clients alike. In 2014, Joe was awarded the YCN Professionals Award for the film he created for The New York Times. Outside of the commercial world, he works as one of the lead contributors to Motionographer.

 

 

Nora Gaffney

Nora Gaffney earned a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee. With over 2 years of professional teaching experience, Nora joined Ringling College in 2013. Her past position as an Art Director and Designer with Country Music Television provided her with twelve years of professional experience developing award-winning, creative design across motion, web, and print platforms. Nora's design and marketing work has received national recognition from PromaxBDA, Creativity International, CTAM, and Communication Arts.

 

 

Jared Greenleaf

Jared Greenleaf earned a BFA in 2-D Art from Brigham Young University of Hawaii and his MFA in 2-D Studio with Animation emphasis from Brigham Young University in Utah. With over 10 years of professional teaching experience, Jared joined Ringling College in 2015. He is a motion graphic specialist and video producer that has created Telly Award winning motion graphics and shot/produced hundreds of mini documentaries all over the U.S. Jared has been a key player in Siggraph and Annie Award winning animation productions for clients: The Smithsonian Institute, Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Polynesian Cultural Center, and directed animation segments for documentaries featured on Independent Lens and the Berlinale. He has also worked with storyboard and animatic artists for Marvel Studios on productions like Iron Man 2, and The Avengers.

 

 

Dante Rinaldi

Dante Rinaldi earned a BS in Graphic Design from State University of Buffalo in New York. With over 2 years of professional teaching experience, Dante joined Ringling College in 2013. He possesses over 15 years of industry experience and is a veteran digital artist in the fields of Advertising and Graphic Design, Film, Animation, Visual Effects, and Video Games. He has worked as a senior User Interface and Cinematic artist and developed products for popular game systems, including XBOX360, PlayStation 3, PC and mobile devices. He has won many awards including a Silver ADDY® Award in the category of Visual and Audio Elements of Advertising- Illustration for the NCAA GatorBowl.

 

 

 

Jill Taffet

Jill Taffet earned a BFA in Fine Arts from The Cooper Union in New York; an MA in Interactive Design/Game Development from Savannah College of Art and Design; and an MFA in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute. With over 7 years of professional teaching experience, Jill joined Ringling College in 2011. She is a media artist who employs digital animation to create immersive media installations and animated GIFS in order to explore ideas about motion, consciousness and perception. Jill was recently awarded an artist in residency at Harvestworks and commissioned to create a new work with the Harvestworks TEAM (Technology, Engineering, Art and Music) Lab in NYC.She has also created award winning interactive experiences, motion design and branding for entertainment clients and networks. Her innovative work has been awarded an Emmy and numerous Art Director Club, AIGA, BDA, PROMAX, Type Directors Club and GRAPHIS awards.

 

 

Morgan Williams

Morgan Williams earned a BFA in Film from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. With over 3 years of professional teaching experience, Morgan joined Ringling College in 2013. He has been a professional animator and animation director for over 20 years. Morgan has created work for numerous clients including Sony Pictures, the BBC, Comedy Central, and WGBH Boston and has been the recipient of several awards including an ADDY®, a Telly, and a Best in Show at Siggraph.  His short film work has been screened at festivals around the world including the Philadelphia International Film Festival and the Annecy International Animation Festival. 


 

Full Time Faculty

 

 

Thomas Carabasi

Photography & Imaging Department Head

Thomas Carabasi, Department Head for the Photography & Imaging major, earned a BA in Art from Princeton University and an MFA in Photography from Temple University. With over 30 years of professional teaching experience, Tom joined Ringling College in 1991. A nationally and internationally exhibited artist, he has also developed innovative collaborative workshops, exhibitions, internships and projects with students and faculty from Belgium, Finland, England, Germany and Costa Rica. Tom's work has been published in ZOOM, Popular Photography, American Photo On Campus, View Camera and Nerve magazines.  www.thomascarabasi.com

Anju Kulkarni

Anju Kulkarni earned a GD in Art Photography from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya in India and an MFA in Photography from Purdue University. With over 6 years of professional teaching experience, Anju joined Ringling College in 2008. Her work has been exhibited globally in juried and invitational shows. Anju is the recipient of several awards including the UNICEF Award for her photograph Girl Child, and an award from Sinar, AG for Design/Photography. Her past professional experience spans over 12 years as an award-winning fashion/advertising photographer and her work has been published in numerous major Indian publications.

 

 

Sally Pettibon

Sally Pettibon earned her B.F.A. in Photography at the California College of the Arts and her M.F.A. in Photography from the University of South Florida.She is an internationally exhibited photographic artist with numerous exhibitions and awards including Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, CIAC Gallery in Brittany France, Two Columns Gallery Sarasota, Florida Center for Contemporary Art, Tampa,  Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Ringling Museum of Art and the Appelton Museum of Art. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Ringling Museum of Art , Center for Fine Art Photography and various private collections. Sally joined Ringling College in 2003. She is a former staff photographer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and freelance editorial photographer in New York and Florida. www.sallypettibon.com

 

 

Christopher Saah

Christopher earned a BA in Philosophy with a minor in Language and Literature from St. Mary's College of Maryland and an MFA in Photographic & Electronic Media from Maryland Institute College of Art. With over 10 years of professional teaching experience, Christopher joined Ringling College in 2015. He is a contemporary artist whose work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Flashpoint Gallery (Washington, DC) and C Grimaldis Gallery (Baltimore, MD). Additionally, he has been exhibited at national museums and galleries including, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Baltimore Contemporary Museum, Anthology Film Archive, National Museum of American Art, Washington Project for the Arts, Arlington Art Center, Maryland Art Place, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, and Maryland Institute College of Art. www.christophersaah.com

Visiting Full Time

 

 

Noelle McCleaf 

Noelle McCleaf earned a BFA in Photography & Digital Imaging from Ringling College of Art and Design and an MFA in Photography from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Having work published in Blink Magazine, Fraction Magazine, Aint-Bad Magazine, Accent Magazine and on Lenscratch, Plates to Pixels, and Feature Shoot, Noelle joined Ringling College in 2015. She has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions at the Camden Image Gallery in London, the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida, and the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Noelle's work explores themes of memory, relationship, and identity on Florida’s Gulf Coast.


Adjunct Faculty

 

Thomas Winchester

Thomas Winchester earned a BFA in Photography and an MFA in Art Criticism and Writing both from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

 

Full Time Faculty

 

 

Doug Chismar, Ph.D.

Liberal Arts Program Director

Douglas Chismar, Liberal Arts Program Director, earned a BA in Philsophy with a minor in History at American University, a Mdiv in Theology from Ashland Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Philsophy from Ohio State University. With over 39 years of professional teaching experience, Doug joined Ringling College in 2003. He has an extensive record of collaborative presentations and leadership in interdisciplinary studies and ethics across curriculum programs.

 

 

Ann H. Albritton, Ph.D.

Ann H. Albritton earned a BA in Humanities from Eckerd College; a MA in Art History from University of South Florida; a MPhil in Art History from City University of New York; and a PhD in Modern and Contemporary Art History from City University of New York. With over 21 years of professional teaching experience, Ann joined Ringling College in 2000. She is writing a children’s artist book, a global art history, as well as articles and reviews for Sculpture Magazine.

 

 

 

Chelsea Bruner, Ph.D.

Chelsea Bruner earned a BS in Interior Design from Florida State University; a MS in History of Art and Design from Pratt Institute; and a PhD in Art History from CUNY Graduate Center. With over 6 years of professional teaching experience, Chelsea joined Ringling College in 2015. She worked as a practicing designer while pursuing her graduate studies. Chelsea's dissertation, entitled “The Seventh Regiment Armory Commission and Design: Elite Identity, Aesthetic Patronage and Professional Practice in Gilded Age New York,” was awarded the Martin E. Segal Dissertation Fellowship, and the Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Fellowship.

 

 

 

Nicole Caron

ESL/Writing Coordinator

Nicole Caron earned a BA in English from Pitzer College and a MA in English from Portland State University. With over 10 years of professional teaching experience, Nicole joined Ringling in 2010. She has taught composition at community colleges and universities in Oregon, Connecticut and Florida. Nicole spent the 1990s working for and consulting with community colleges, metals manufacturing companies, and other small businesses designing and developing training programs, directing technology adoption programs, writing grants and marketing and strategic plans. www.nicolecaron.com

 

 

 

Susan Doll, Ph.D.

Susan Doll earned a BA in Art History with a minor in Ceramics from Kent State University; a MA in Art History from Ohio State University; and a PhD in Film History and Theory from Northwestern University. With over 11 years of professional teaching experience, Susan joined Ringling College in 2012. She is a writer and researcher for commercial DVD labels, arts organizations, and Turner Classic Movies. Susan is the author of Elvis for Dummies, Understanding Elvis, The Films of Elvis Presley, and Marilyn: Her Life and Legend; and co-author of Florida on Film (University Press of Florida).

 

 

 

 

Chrystine Keener, Ph.D.

Chrystine Keener earned a doctorate degree from Indiana University. With many years of professional teaching experience, Chrystine joins Ringling College in 2016. She was most recently an Assistant Professor of Art History at Lander University in South Carolina, where she was nominated for the Moore Award for Excellence in General Education Teaching for two consecutive years. Chrystine's work concentrates on Italian religious reform and its effect on sixteenth-century aesthetic developments in Florence and its environs. Her research interests additionally encompass Christian and Islamic cross-cultural relations during the Early Modern period. Chrystine has presented her work at the College Art Association Conference, the Renaissance Society of America Conference, the Southeastern College Art Conference, the North Carolina Center for Teaching, and the College Arts and Humanities Institute. Most recently, she was invited to present her research at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.

 

 

 

Catherine Mougalian

Catherine Mougalian earned a BA in Classics/History/Politics with a Minor in Latin from The Colorado College and a MA in Teaching English to the Speakers of Other Languages from Monterey Institute of International Studies. With over 17 years of professional teaching experience, Catherine joined Ringling College in 2015. She has studied topics such as second language acquisition, effective pedagogical practices, assessment, and sociolinguistics. Catherine completed a certificate in Computer-Assisted Language Learning, which has helped her to integrate technology into the classroom to enhance the students’ use of English.

 

 

Iva Petkova, Ph.D.

Iva Petkova earned a Masters of International Business from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, an MSc in International Economic Relations from the University of National and World Economy in Bulgaria, and a PhD in Sociology from Columbia University. Most recently a professor of sociology at Davidson College, Iva joins Ringling College in 2016. As a sociologist of digital culture and organizations, she studies how established luxury fashion companies adopt E-Commerce and Digital Marketing practice by collaborating with new E-Commerce fashion organizations. Iva is an active member of the American Sociological Association and the Academy of Management.

 

 

Anthony Rice

Art History Coordinator

Anthony Rice earned a BFA in Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina. With over 45 years of professional teaching experience, Tony joined Ringling College in 1985. His work has been shown at major exhibitions including  Brooklyn Museum; Smithsonian Institute; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Baltimore Museum of Art; High Museum of Art. Collections: King Juan Carlos of Spain; National Museum of American Art; High Museum of Art; Library of Congress. Tony's texts illustrated include Seven Persian Fables and A Letter of Columbus.

 

 

Daphne Lange Rosenzweig, Ph.D.

Daphne Lange Rosenzweig earned a BA in Economic Geography with minors in Art History from Mount Holyoke College; A MA in East Asian Art & Archaeology with a minor in Literature from Columbia University; and a PhD in East Asian Art & Archaeology with a minor in Literature from Columbia University. With over 25 years of professional teaching experience, Daphne joined Ringling College in 1995. She was a Fulbright Fellow at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan and she is the author of numerous books, catalogues and articles on Asian art, as well as a book reviewer.  https://webspace.ringling.edu/~drosenzw/

 

 

Tim Rumage III

Tim Rumage III earned a BA in Biology & Phychology from Bowdoin College and a MA in Biology from Boston University. With over 24 years of professional teaching experieince, Tim joined Ringling College in 1991. He is a consultant for comprehensive environmental planning and a former director for the scientific and technical illustration program at Rhode Island School of Design. Tim is a board member of the Florida House Foundation and his work has been featured in numerous publications. 

 

 

 

David Steiling, Ph.D.

Coordinator of Literature

David Steiling earned a MA in Creative Writing & English from Boston University and a PhD in Literature from the University of South Florida. With over 25 years of professional teaching experience, David joined Ringling College in 1990. He is a writer, performance artist, new vaudevillian, journalist. David is currently engaged in research and writing on the literature of comics and the graphic novel, speculative literature and media studies. He is the founder of the Cosmix project in immersive media and his recent work involves making work for full-dome theatres.   http://webspace.ringling.edu/~dsteilin/

 

 

Ryan Van Cleave, Ph.D.

Creative Writing Program Coordinator 

Ryan Van Cleave earned a BA in English with minors in Music and Philosophy from Northern Illinois University, an MA in English from Florida State University, and a PhD in English from Florida State University. With over 20 years of professional teaching experience, Ryan joined Ringling in 2009.  His areas of research include popular culture, media studies, narratology, and poetics.  www.ryangvancleave.com  

 

Christopher Wilson, Ph.D.

Christopher Wilson earned a Bachelor's degree in Architecture (BArch) from Temple University; an MA in Histories and Theories of Architecture from The Architectural Association in London; and a PhD in Architecture from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. With over 18 years of professional teaching experience, Christopher joined Ringling College in 2012. He has worked professionally as an architect in Philadelphia, Berlin, and London, and is a registered architect with the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Visiting Full Time

 

 

Rick Dakan

Rick Dakan earned a BA in History from The American University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University. He joined Ringling College in 2015. Rick has written professionally since 1995, with dozens of tabletop game publications in the late 1990s. In 2000 he co-founded Cryptic Studios and was the original lead designer for the hit online video game, City of Heroes. Since then he has written comic books, video game criticism, magazine articles, short stories and has had four novels published including the Geek Mafia trilogy and Cthulhu Cult: A Novel of Obsession. He continues to write for and about games as well as new fiction in multiple genres. www.rickdakan.com

 

 

SJ Sindu

SJ's debut novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, is forthcoming in 2017 from Soho Press. She was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow and her hybrid fiction and nonfiction chapbook, I Once Met You But You Were Dead, was the winner of the 2016 Split Lip Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest. SJ's creative writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Brevity, The Normal School, The Los Angeles Review of Books, apt, Vinyl Poetry, PRISM International, Fifth Wednesday Journal, rkvry quarterly, among others. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is currently a PhD candidate at Florida State University.


Long Term Part Time Faculty

 

 

Paula Brooks-Jawitz, Ph.D.

Paula Brooks-Jawitz earned a BS in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College; a MS in Reading Cirriculum/Instruction from the University of Maryland; and a PhD in Reading Cirriculum/Instruction from the University of Maryland. She is a reading/study skills specialist with expertise in cognitive style, mnemonics, test development, and reading comprehension. Paula's field of research and publications include Mental Imagery, Text Illustrations and Children's Story Comprehension and Recall, Reading Research Quarterly and Induced Mental Imagery and the Written Language Expression of Young Children.

 

 

James Condor, Ph.D.

James Condor earned a BS in Mathematics and a minor in Computers from Indiana University of Pennsylvania; a MEd in Mathematics with a minor in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania; and a PhD in Mathematics with a minor in Computers from the University of South Florida. He is the author of two Critical Thinking Workbooks for Alan Bluman’s Elementary Statistics textbook [McGraw-Hill], and created a complete set of instructional videos for Larson & Farber’s Elementary Statistics textbook [Prentice Hall].

 

Phillippe Diederich

Phillippe Diederich earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida.

 

 

Emily Hall, Ph.D.

Emily Hall earned a BA in Spanish from Mercer University; a BS in Environmental Science from Mercer University; a MS in Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida; and a PhD in Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida. Her professional experience includes Staff Scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL., where she has managed multiple laboratory and field analyses as crew leader for monthly red tide and Sarasota Bay water quality monitoring, and collaboration with FWRI [Fish and Wildlife Research Institute], START [Solutions To Avoid Red Tide], and Sarasota County for research and monitoring.

 

 

 

Neil Marinovich

Neil Marinovich earned a BA in History from Kalamazoo College and a MA in History from Eastern Michigan University. A copy of Neil's master thesis, “American Industry and Finance, and German Rearmament: A Case Study of Standard Oil, DuPont and General Motors and Their Relations with Interessengemeinschaft-Farbenindustrie Aktiengesellschaft” is in the United States Library of Congress.

 

 

Christopher Nank, Ph.D.

Christopher Nank earned a BA in English from Ohio University; a MA in Literature from Florida State University, and a PhD in Literature from Florida State University.  His past teaching experience gave him the opportunity to work with programs created exclusively for mentoring students, many with learning disabilities and diverse cultural backgrounds, through a college-level curriculum.

 

 

 

Ania Nazarian

Ania Nazarian earned a BA from University of Chicago; a MA in Art History from Indiana University; an MFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ania is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. Her conferences and presentations include Albrecht Durer’s “Saint Jerome in His Study” of 1514; A Reflection of Contemporary Times, Evan F. Lilly Memorial Biennial Lecture Competition, Indiana University; The Mask as an Unresolved Self-Portrait in the Work of Witold Wojtkiewicz and Stanislaw Witkiewicz, Midwest Slavic Conference, Ohio State University.

 

Robyn M. Rocklein, D.Ma

Robyn M. Rocklein earned a BFA in Acting from Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film; an AA in LIberal Arts & General Studies from Pima Community College; a BA in Music from the University of Arizona; a MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona; and a DMA in Vocal Performance from Arizona State University.

 

 

Matthew Seguin

Matthew Seguin earned a BS in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida and a MS in Biology from the University of Central Florida.

 


 

Adjunct Faculty

Anamari Boyes

Anamarie received an MS from University of Navarre, Spain

 

Maryann Dahlen

Maryann Dahlen earned a MA in Radio, Television, and Film from Northwestern University.

 

Jamie Day

Jamie Day earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Education from Nova Southeastern University.

 

Virginia B. DeMers

Virginia B. DeMers earned a BA in Religion and a minor in Philosophy/English from Vassar College and a MA in English Literature from the University of South Florida.

 

Alison "Laura" Fletcher

Alison "Laura" Fletcher earned an MFA in Art from the University of Houson and an MA in English from Rice University.

 

Barbara Gentry

Barbara Gentry earned a MA in Cirriculum and Instruction Leadership from the University of Memphis.

 

Delmar Jacobs, Ph.D.

Delmar Jacobs earned a BA in Mass Communications from Loyola University; a MA in both Communications and Mass Communications from the University of South Florida; and a Ph.D in Communications from the University of South Florida. 

 

HongYing Lui-Lengyel, Ph.D

HongYing Lui-Lengyel earned a Ph.D. in Mass Media and Communication from Temple University.

 

Anthony Lenzo

Anthony Lenzo earned a BA in Philosophy and Physics from New Collegeand a MA in Communications from Perdue University Calumet.

 

Heather Lundy, Ph.D.

Heather Lundy earned a Ph.D. in Art Histiry from Florida State University.

 

Gabriella Miyamoto, Ph.D.

Gabriella Miyamoto earned an MA and Ph.D. Art History from Rutgers University.

 

Ashley Palmer, Ph.D.

Ashley Palmer earned a MA and Ph.D. in Sociology from Baylor University.

 

Robert Philen, Ph.D.

Robert Philen earned a BA in Anthropology with Minors in History and Philosophy from the University of West Florida; a MA in Anthropology from the University of Georgia; and a Phd in Anthropology with a Minor in Women's Studies from Cornell University.

 

Robert Przekwas

Robert Przekwas earned a BA in English from Regis College and a MA in Literature and Writing from Regis University.

 

Elinor Rogosin

Elinor Rogosin eanred a BA in English with a minor in Dance from the University of Pennsylvania and a MA in English from Columbia University, Teachers College.

 

Jacqueline Smith

Jacqueline Smith earned a BA in Phychology with a minor in English from Florida State University and a MA in American Literature from the University of South Florida. 

 

Carol Sparrow

Carol Sparrow earned a BM in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina and a MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnatti.

 

Terry Thompson

Terry Thompson earned a BA in Human Development from Eckerd College and a MA in Reading Education from the University of South Florida.

 

Adjunct Faculty

 

 

 

 

Bridget Elmer

Coordinator, Letterpress and Book Arts Center

Bridget Elmer earned a BA in Anthropology from Reed College and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama.

 

 

Charles Kovacs

Director, Center for Career Service

Charles Kovacs earned a BA in Arts from Hunter College and a MA in Art History from Harvard University.

 

 

Lisa Moody

Interim Director for Marketing and Digital Strategies

Lisa Moody earned a BA in Psychology from Michigan State University.

 

 

Carolyn Bloomer

Carolyn taught for 23 years and received Emeritus status in 2015.

 

Patrick Fiore

Patrick taught for 29 years and received Emeritus status in 2017.

 

Mary Foltz

Mary taught for 27 years and received Emeritus status in 2016.

 

Norman Hervieux

Norman taught for 32 years and received Emeritus status in 2015.

 

Dee Hood

Dee taught for 21 years and received Emeritus status in 2015.

 

Steven Kaplan

Steven taught for 37 years and received Emeritus status in 2016.

 

Patrick Lindhardt

Patrick taught for 28 years and received Emerius status in 2017.

 

Kathleen List

Kathleen was Director of Libraries for 17 years and received Emeritus status in 2014.

 

Allen Novak

Allen taught for 35 years and received Emeritus status in 2016.

 

Ellie Samuelson

Ellie taught for 36 years and received Emeritus status in 2014.

 

Robert Stanton

Robert taught for 26 years and received Emeritus status in 2016.

 

Melody Weiler

Melody served as both Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and received Emeritus status in 2013.

 

John Williams

John taught for 27 years and received Emeritus status in 2016.

 

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