Amanda R. Garcia, Ph.D. is the Director of Digital Design and Media Arts in the School of Professional Advancement. Dr. Garcia holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a research focus on Socially Responsible Design in Higher Education from Texas A&M University-CC and an M.F.A. in Graphic Design and Visual Communication from The Savannah College of Art and Design. Dr. Garcia comes to Tulane from TAMU-CC where she was a faculty fellow, program coordinator and community advocate for the greater Gulf Coast region.
Aside from being a passionate educator, Dr. Garcia is an award-winning designer and uses her knowledge of the industry as a catalyst for inspiration and change in her classroom and programs. Dr. Garcia’s design work varies from high-end retail to pro bono non-profit advocacy design. Her vast variety of clients include Goodwill Industries, The Venetian Las Vegas, HALL Group, Time Warner Cable, United Way and Volkswagen among others. Her work has garnered national and international acclaim and she continues to publish and pursue her research in using design as powerful tool to create positive change.