Program Faculty - Digital Design
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.
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.