Amanda R. Garcia, Ph.D., is the Director of Digital Design 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.
Carrie Lee Pierson Schwartz began teaching at the School of Professional Advancement in the Summer of 2001 as an adjunct professor and was hired as the first Full-time Lecturer in the history of then named University College. She created many courses that led to the creation of the Digital Design degree and program of studies within Media Arts including Advanced Imaging, Animation, 3D Design, Portfolio Development, and Special Effects classes. After several successive contract renewals, she earned the title of Senior Professor of the Practice of Digital Design. Carrie was the first faculty to use Adobe Breeze to teach online courses at Tulane University and she was the first faculty to teach Multi-user interface Second Life as part of her 3D Design and Web Design Instruction. Carrie hosted the first regionally shared & sponsored AIGA student portfolio review at the Elmwood Campus and previously started an AIGA chapter at Tulane. Her former students have been employed in both the local and International Media and Design Industry. Carrie earned her Bachelor's of Fine Arts at Newcomb College of Tulane University and her Master's of Fine Arts from The Rhode Island School of Design. Her creative works have been exhibited for over 30 years and collected internationally. Her formal training in the arts, specifically in glass, drawing, painting and photography, have given her insight into working with light as she manifests her ideas regardless of the medium in which she is working.
Rebecca Carr has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the Tulane School of Professional Development where she has taught Graphic Design since 2007. She is currently serving as a Faculty Fellow. Rebecca received her MFA in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005. She worked for Tom Varisco Designs in New Orleans for 3 years before starting Rebecca Carr Design in 2008. More recently, she started Toggle Design Collective with a longtime design colleague. Rebecca has done design work for a variety of businesses and non-profit organizations with a focus on schools and other education related groups.
Robert Gassiot currently serves as the Creative Director of LCMC Health; prior to this role, Gassiot served as the Director of Printing/Graphic Services for Children’s Hospital in New Orleans for over 20 years. A strong advocate of design, Gassiot has been teaching graphic design since 2006 for the School of Professional Advancement. A graduate of Tulane University School of Architecture, Gassiot holds a Master of Preservation Studies, a Bachelor of Art with honors from Tulane University College, and an Associate of Business Studies from Delgado. Gassiot has received numerous design awards for both print and web design, has served as a Faculty Fellow, and most recently in 2016 was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. Honed with technical and design skills, Gassiot admires the creative trades within the design field.
Jessica Peterson is a letterpress printer and book artist. She operates The Southern Letterpress out of the Paper Machine in the lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. She holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and a MFA from the Book Arts Program at University of Alabama (2009). She has taught book arts, typography and graphic design at several colleges including the University of Alabama, Mississippi University for Women, Purchase College and The University of Bridgeport. She has created collaborative artists’ book project with Small Craft Advisory Press at University of Florida, Short Twig Press at Longwood University, and the book arts center at Ringling College of Art. Her artists’ books are collected in private and public libraries around the country.
John Schwartz has worked as an artist, designer, and educator for over 20 years. He has exhibited his paintings and scenic work in galleries and museums including the George Ohr and Zigler museums, Metairie Park Country Day School, and the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans. Schwartz lives and works north of New Orleans where he teaches Advanced Sculpture in secondary education in the St. Tammany Talented Arts Program. He also teaches an introductory web design course for Tulane’s School of Professional Advancement and holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MLA from Tulane University.