Senior Instructor

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  • Office Hours:

    M 12-1, T 11-12, W 11-12, Th 11-12, Friday and other times by appointment.
  • Role:

    Faculty
  • Position:

    • Senior Instructor
  • Concentration:

    • Visual Communication, New media, Graphic Design, Data Visualization, XR, UX Design, Non-Linear Storytelling
  • Department:

    • Journalism & Media Communication
  • Education:

    • M.A. Multimedia, Interactive Design & Video Game Production
  • Curriculum Vitae:

Biography

I have been in the creative and design field for over 20 years. One of my passions is sharing my experience and knowledge and that's why I started teaching. I believe that regardless of where my career takes me, I will always teach. August 2020 will be my 20th teaching anniversary.

My studies include an a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Journalism from Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico City, an M.A. in Multimedia from California State University East Bay, and an M.A. in Interactive Design and Video Game Development from Savannah College of Art & Design.

I started teaching at CSU East Bay right after my grad school and then got a tenure-track position at Cañada College in Redwood City in the Multimedia Art department where I stayed for almost 10 years until I moved to Colorado and started teaching at CSU here in Fort Collins in 2010. The JMC Department offers a wide range of teaching opportunities for me in some of my favorite fields.

I live here in Loveland with my husband Peter, and my seven-year-old daughter Sabine. I love technology, creativity, camping and picnics by the river, cooking and gardening, and I do a lot of crafting and art.

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Publications

 

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Courses

  • JTC 100 Media & Society

    Media play an important role in our everyday lives. People are exposed to thousands of media messages each week from newspapers, magazines, radio, television, the Internet, and more. JTC100 provides an overview of the media in modern society, which is important for consumers of media to understand. JTC100 fulfills a requirement in the university’s core curriculum and Colorado’s gtPathways guaranteed course transfer program. Also, JTC100 is a requirement for Journalism and Media Communication majors and pre-majors.

  • JTC 211 Computer Mediated Visual Communication – Face to Face and Online

    In Computer-Mediated Visual Communication, we will learn the basics of a few tools commonly used in visual communication. We cannot cover all the tools but will expose you to ones that are versatile across channels. This is not a design class, but rather a communication class where the goal is to develop effective communication around a specific theme and topic. We will learn the fundamentals of visual communication theories as they apply to computer media, especially the Internet.

  • JTC 417 Information Graphics

    Introduction to the basics of data visualization through the use of charts, graphs and other visual elements through the effective weaving of the story behind it. Adobe Illustrator® and other applications to add interactivity will be utilized in the production of compelling, clear and effective infographics and infoposters appropriate for both print and digital delivery. Key design and production processes, as well as best design practices will be covered through illustrative hands-on projects.

  • JTC 460 Senior Capstone

    This course is designed to help you prepare yourself for the job market in your field of expertise. The process will involve perfecting your resume and cover letter strategies, and creating a strong portfolio by selecting and refining the work you have completed in previous classes and/or professional gigs. The main challenges will be to focus your materials and efforts, as well as create and polish your professional identity to the point where you can present yourself in a cohesive and strong manner to potential employers. You will also create some new and original materials to strengthen your portfolio.