Design is a community. I share my knowledge and collaborate with my peers. If an educator’s successful outcome is measured by the achievement of the students, I am so proud of my students. They’ve taken what I taught them and excelled in their professions. Some of them are working for tech giants, some of them pursue their passion for traditional media, some of them follow the dream of being an entrepreneur.  Currently I am teaching a Leadership by Design class at CCA.

Here are some stories from my time leading the Interaction UI/UX Design department (formerly known as Web Design and New Media)

The School of Wed Design and New Media rallied around students’ interactive and “internet of things” concepts to plan, engineer, construct, and install an interactive planter wall, which is also a calling card for everything the department is about, at the 2018 Spring Show.

Guest speakers Mary Franck and Jono Brandel join the Academy of Art University and the School of Web Design and New Media for the 2016 Spring Ideate conference, which allowed the opportunity for web students to meet industry professionals as well as get feedback on their work, designs and art.

The School of Web Design & New Media presents a unique opportunity for students to meet one-on-one with industry professionals, display their projects, and get feedback on their portfolios. This event takes place every semester and welcomes influencers from companies such as Linkedin, Lyft, and Google to name a few.

The Academy of Art University’s School of Web Design + New Media presents pioneering Virtual Reality projects. The projects were created by students of Spring 2017.

The Academy of Art University holds its annual Spring Show every year. The best student work from each department is put on display at the gallery show in San Francisco. The School of Web Design & New Media features VR and interactive student projects at the Spring Show and are joined by industry from leading companies.

Web Design and New Media graduate Eric Liaw worked across disciplines to collaborate with world famous visual artist Tony DiTerlizzi on the Magic Mirror. With the support of the Academy of Art University’s School of Game Development, Liaw and team created a piece of interactive art for display at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

The Academy of Art University’s School of Web Design + New Media presents pioneering Internet of Things (IoT) projects. The projects were created by students of Spring 2017. Showcased at SpringShow 2017.

Preparing students for cutting-edge careers in experiential design and digital media. Teaching an integrated approach based on four fundamentals: design thinking, visual communication, technology, and user experience.

Collaboration with Tatsuma Nakano. Video created by Raina Maes for the School of Web Design and New Media. Featuring animation projects by students in the motion graphics course. AR viewing displayed on campus.

Academy of Art University is the largest art school in the U.S. founded in 1929. Currently enrolls over 14,000 students in 24 departments. WNM is one of the largest departments that offers AA, BFA, BFA2, MA, and MFA five programs.

Academy of Art University (AAU) Associate Director, School of Web Design and New Media (WNM) During my time at AAU, I oversaw all programs in WNM. Served as an academic leader to nearly 800 students and over 70 faculty members, I effectively operated and served both the WNM community and maintain professional relationships with the design and tech industry. With my education expertise, I enjoy working with our full time and part time instructors. I was actively involved in the hiring process for all full time and part time instructors. I enjoy my role in supporting and coaching a world-class faculty who come from the design and tech industries; Beyond oversaw the budget and managed the day to day operations I also oversaw all curriculum development within the department. During my tenure at WNM, the department implemented a new MA program, which currently counts 2/3 of the department enrollment. At the same time, the department developed new curricula compliance for WASC accreditation and updated existing curricula. I also maintain a very active role in online education.

Other teaching experiences:
Academy of Art University
Faculty instructor
Course taught onsite:
Corporate Sponsored Projects -VR (Collaborative projects) | Human-centered Design Approach (MA) | Inside programming (MA/MFA) | Interactive Design & Concepts (MA/MFA) | Intro to Web Design(Pre-college) | Responsive Web (MFA Thesis) | UX (MFA Thesis) | Visual Design (MFA Thesis) | Visual Design 3 (BFA) | Visual Design Strategies (MA/MFA) | Web design I (BFA) Course taught online:
Internship (BFA) | Web design I (BFA) 

University of San Francisco:
Adjunct Instructor
Course taught:
Visual communication 1 (BA) | Visual communication 2 (BA) | Digital Literacy (BA)
Visual Communication Strategies and Tools for Educators (MA) 

Cañada College
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Course taught: Web design II (AA)