Faculty



Olivia Banner

Assistant Professor

Olivia Banner is an Assistant Professor in the Emerging Media and Communication Program. Her research considers the intersections of medicine, new media, and health and illness, with a focus on how race, gender, and disability are refracted within those intersections. Her book, Communicative Biocapitalism: The Voice of the Patient in Digital Health and the Health Humanities (University of Michigan Press, 2017), examines how digital technologies shape the articulation of illness and health... Read More


Lisa Bell

Associate Dean of Academic Administration and Clinical Professor

Lisa Bell’s teaching focuses on the critical analysis of media and culture and public discourse, particularly in terms of the intersections among rhetorical citizenship and public deliberation. She collaborates with ATEC’s Feminist Research Collective (FRC) and Social Practice and Creative Expression Media Lab (SP&CE Media Lab). Bell holds an MA in Communication Studies from Northwestern University and a BA from Rice... Read More



Elizabeth Boyd

Senior Lecturer

Elizabeth S. P. Boyd is currently a Senior Lecturer III in UTDallas’s ATEC program. Her specialties are 3D modeling and texturing/surfacing. She has additional skills as a 3D generalist in rigging, lighting, rendering/compositing, and character design. Elizabeth earned an M.F.A in Arts and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas.  Elizabeth teaches many classes at UTDallas in ATEC. They include: Modeling and Texturing I, Modeling and Texturing II, Animation... Read More


Michael Breault

Clinical Professor

Mike joined the ATEC program in 2015 after working in the game industry for over 30 years as a narrative designer and game designer. He has worked on more than 80 paper and board games and just under 40 computer and video games over his career. He hopes to use this background to enhance the learning experience of every student in his classes.His career began in 1984 at TSR, where he worked on AD&D books and adventures, as well as many other paper and board games over the next five... Read More


xtine Burrough

Associate Professor

Xtine Burrough makes participatory projects for networked publics. She uses social platforms, databases, search engines, blogs, and applications in combination with popular sites like Facebook, YouTube, or Mechanical Turk, to create web communities promoting interpretation and autonomy. Burrough is passionate about using digital tools to translate common experiences into personal arenas for discovery. Emergent themes in her work include culture jamming, net.art, appropriation, and... Read More


Chris Camacho

Senior Lecturer

Chris Camacho graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in ATEC from UT Dallas in 2009. He then proceeded to receive his Master’s in Fine Arts in ATEC in 2012. During his time as a graduate student, Chris worked as a Teaching Assistant and taught sections of Modeling and Texturing 1 and Rigging 1. In the summer of 2011, Chris worked as a Technical Director at Element X Creative, where he created a character rig meant to teach students how to animate. For Chris’s graduate thesis, he... Read More



Adam Chandler

Senior Lecturer

Adam Chandler is a Senior Lecturer in the Arts & Technology program (ATEC) at the University of Texas at Dallas. His professional experience and teaching interests include 3D modeling, Level Design, Motion Graphics and Scripting.Adam has worked several years in a variety of positions in the field. In Architectural Visualization, he joined RealPage to create 3D renders and fly-through animations that turned apartment floorplans into life-like digital models. At one of the world’s largest... Read More



Daedra Christopher

Senior Lecturer

Daedra Christopher is an artist with a unique background with an encompassing career ranging from New York Design firms to independent game development. Comfortable in both traditional art or digital, Daedra’s work ranges from expansive video game level designs to wearable art."My passion has always been to express the narrative of the game through physical representation of its world. I create my levels by submerging myself into the story of the videogame and picture how the... Read More


Kristin Drogos

Assistant Professor

Kristin L. Drogos is an assistant professor of Emerging Media and Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas. Broadly her research focuses on the role of media in the socialization of youth. More specifically, Kristin researches the effects of mediated content on youth. She has worked on projects that explore the ways that attachment to particular media characters affects youth across the developmental spectrum from toddlers to emerging adults. Most recently Kristin has turned her... Read More


Frank Dufour

Associate Professor
Director, ATEC PhD Program

Frank Dufour has been employed as a sound technician at the Archives of the French National Radio for nine years, from 1983 to 1992. He was in charge of the restoration of historical recordings. In 1992, he created one of the first all-digital recording studios in France specialized in digital sound restoration for audio publications and sound design for animation movies and video productions. The studio created the sound effects for the TV series The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Prince... Read More



Monica Evans

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor

Monica Evans has designed and developed experimental and educational games with numerous university partners, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The University of Texas System, the United States Department of Defense (TRADOC and JFCOM), Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and multiple arts institutions in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. In addition to teaching, Evans coordinates the gaming program as well as the Game Production... Read More


Eric Farrar

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor

Eric Farrar’s interest center around independent animated shorts and techniques for combining music and animation. With a background in music and visual communication design, he completed an MFA in Computer Animation and Visualization working through the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design (ACCAD) at The Ohio State University. Working at the Los Angeles based visual-effects studio Rhythm & Hues as a character rigger, he created bone and muscle systems for digital... Read More


Todd Fechter

Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor

Todd Fechter is an Associate Professor of Computer Animation in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC). His teaching focus is pre-production design, modeling and texturing, as well as various studio courses. He has worked on numerous film and television series including The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and The Book of Life. His past positions include Head of Environment Modeling, Modeler, Rigger, and Set Dressing artist.Fechter’s personal creative... Read More


Paul Fishwick

Distinguished University Chair of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication and Professor of Computer Science

Paul Fishwick has six years of industrial experience at Newport News Shipbuilding and at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. He obtained the PhD in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. has worked in academia since 1986. Fishwick’s main research area is modeling and simulation, with a focus on education and public engagement in modeling as used in the arts, science and engineering. He was Director of the Digital Arts and Sciences Program at the... Read More


Scot Gresham-Lancaster

Associate Professor

Scot Gresham-Lancaster is a composer, performer, instrument builder and educator. Currently Associate Professor of Sound Design at ATEC UT Dallas. His research focuses on multi-sensory multimodal representation with a focus on sonification. As a member of the HUB, he is an early pioneers of "computer network music" and cellphone operas . He has created a series of "co-located" Internet performances and worked developing audio for... Read More


Rosanna Guadagno

Associate Professor

Dr. Rosanna Guadagno is now an Associate Professor in Emerging Media and Communication and she holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor of Psychology. Her research interests focus on the confluence of three main areas: Social Influence in Mediated Contexts; Psychological Processes in Social Media, Video Games, and Virtual Environments; Gender Roles   Dr. Guadagno received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Arizona State University and... Read More


Melissa Hernandez-Katz

Senior Lecturer

Melissa Hernandez-Katz is a senior lecturer who teaches Communication classes. Prior to teaching Melissa worked in the student services side of higher education in various roles which included admissions counselor, academic advisor, and assistant director for advising. All centered on helping students with their academic goals. Melissa has taught Interpersonal Communications, Intercultural Communications, Professional & Technical Communications, and Survey of Oral & Technology Based... Read More


Sharon Hewitt

Senior Lecturer

Sharon Hewitt is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas where she teaches courses in video production and design. Her areas of focus include researching new forms of documentary storytelling and creating documentary experiences, with an emphasis on interactive, participatory, and immersive forms. Sharon’s current, ongoing projects include an experiential video exploring perceptions of time and an... Read More


Casey Allen Johnson

Assistant Professor

Casey Johnson’s professional background is in the field of 3D computer animation. He has professional experience as both a generalist and a technical director.He began his career in corporate video, making safety and training materials for one of the largest air-conditioning producers in the world. From there he went into the educational software industry, working as a generalist for a company whose software was in over half the K-6 schools in the U.S. He worked as a graphic artist for... Read More


Janet Johnson

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Janet Johnson is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the School of Arts and Humanities and teaches courses in COMM, EMAC and ATEC. Before her transformation into the academic world, Janet's professional history includes such jobs as a broadcast news producer, strategic coordinator for Audience Research and Development, a media-consulting firm, and marketing director for her brother’s e-commerce business.Janet graduated in 2010 with a Ph.D in Rhetoric from Texas Woman’s... Read More


Carie Tucker King

Clinical Professor of Communication and Associate Director of Rhetoric

Dr. King graduated from high school in Tokyo, Japan, and returned to the US to complete her undergraduate studies at Baylor University. She then worked 12 years as a medical editor and grant writer in nursing, ob/gyn, surgery, and oncology at UTMB at Galveston, Wright State University, Northwestern University, and Creighton University. After returning to Texas, she decided to pursue her passion for communication research and teaching. She earned her MA in Technical Writing from UNT and... Read More


Midori Kitagawa

Associate Professor

Dr. Midori Kitagawa is the author of  Mocap for Artists: Workflow and Techniques for Motion Capture, published by Focal Press in 2008. Dr. Kitagawa's research interests include 3D computer animation, 2D animation, motion capture, interactive multimedia teaching, virtual reality, 3D modeling, visualization, and studio arts.... Read More


Kim Knight

Associate Professor

Kim Knight is an Assistant Professor of Emerging Media and Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research broadly centers on the ways digital culture affects negotiations of power and the formation of identity. More specifically, her current work on viral media addresses the role of digital media as it circulates outside of broadcast paradigms and empowers or oppresses subjects in network society. She also has multiple research projects in progress on the topic of gendered... Read More


Angela Lee

Assistant Professor

Angela M. Lee (Ph.D., UT-Austin) is an assistant professor of Emerging Media and Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research focuses on audience analysis, news consumption, media effects, behavior prediction, journalism routines, and ethics. Angela’s work is published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Communication Research, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Studies, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, and Digital Journalism. She... Read More


Paul Lester

Clinical Professor

Dr. Paul Martin Lester is a clinical professor for the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication and a tenured, full professor of communications at California State University, Fullerton.After an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and employment as a photojournalist for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Lester received a Master’s from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in mass communications.He is the... Read More


Timothy Lewis

Senior Lecturer I

Tim Lewis’s professional background lies in the fields of simulation and game development. While working at Trench Games, LLC and the Center for Modeling and Simulation at the University of Texas at Dallas, he obtained experience co-leading development and design, as well as coordinating and leading art teams on multiple real-time simulations and video games.In 2011, Tim co-founded Trench Games, LLC to continue work on the indie game, Galaxy for Hire. During this time, Tim... Read More


Thomas Linehan

Professor

Dr. Thomas Linehan is currently the director of the Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering and the founder of the Arts and Technology programs (ATEC) at UT Dallas. The programs serve 1200 students at BA, MA, MFA and Ph.D. level.  These students form groups who are writing the interactive stories of our future. They are made up of animation, special effects, digital sound, and game-based programming,  that uses modeling and algorithmic  programs to create specified... Read More


Roger Malina

Professor

Roger F. Malina is a space scientist and astronomer, with a specialty in extreme and ultraviolet astronomy, space instrumentation and optics. He served as director of the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence and was NASA Principal Investigator for the Extreme Ultraviolet Satellite project at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a publisher and editor in the new emerging research fields that connect the sciences and engineering to the arts, design and humanities. Since... Read More


Sean McComber

Assistant Professor

Sean McComber is an Assistant Professor of Animation in Arts and Technology (ATEC). He graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in Computer Art and an emphasis in Animation. After graduating, Sean was accepted into the internship program at Rhythm & Hues Studios, a visual effects production company for film. Sean rose from intern to Lead Animator and eventually traveled to Rhythm & Hues’ Mumbai, India, facility as Supervising Animator. Sean has worked at... Read More


Peter Mccord

Senior Lecturer

Peter McCord is a Senior Lecturer for The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication and teaches courses in lighting and compositing for 3D animation.Before coming to UTD Peter worked at Reel FX Animation Studio as a lighting and compositing artist. He has worked on a variety of film, commercial, and animated short projects that include the animated feature films: Free Birds, The Book of Life, and Rock Dog.Peter’s main focus as a lighting and compositing artist was working... Read More



Roxanne Minnish

Senior Lecturer

Roxanne Minnish is a Senior Lecturer in the Arts and Technology program at The University of Texas at Dallas where she teaches Design I and II. She helped write the curriculum for Design I.Roxanne holds an M.F.A. from UT Dallas’ Arts and Technology program and a bachelor of arts degree in music.Roxanne has been an adjunct instructor at UT Dallas since Spring of 2012, teaching Sound Design, Computer Imaging, and Design I and II.Prior to teaching, she served as a Web Developer for the... Read More



Barbara Morgan

Faculty Accreditation Coordinator and Senior Lecturer

Barbara Morgan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to ATEC as Faculty Accreditation Coordinator and Senior Lecturer. She has dedicated nearly 20 years to education and to student success. Additionally, she is a Veteran of the United States Army where she served 10 years as an Arabic Linguist and a Signal Officer.Morgan is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Texas at Arlington with ABD status. Her research includes strategies and methodologies to... Read More


Mihai Nadin

Professor of Computer Science and Interactive Media
Director, antÉ - Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems

Publications: (for a complete listing, go to www.nadin.ws ) Are You Stupid? A Second Revolution Might Save America From Herself. Heidelberg/New York: Synchron Publishers, 2013, 368 pp. Anticipation: The End Is Where We Start From (English-German-French text). Baden, Switzerland: Lars Müller Publishers, 2003. 129 pp. The Civilization of Illiteracy. Dresden: Dresden University Press, 1997. 881 pp. "MIND-Anticipation and Chaos." From the series Milestones in Thought and Discovery... Read More


Cassini Nazir

Clinical Assistant Professor

Cassini Nazir is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Arts and Technology program at The University of Texas at Dallas where he teaches classes in interaction design, web design and design principles. His research interests include accessibility, interaction design, user interface and user experience. Prior to teaching, Cassini managed The University of Texas at Dallas homepage and high-traffic pages and helped launched an initial redesign for the UT Dallas website  that placed... Read More


Josef Nguyen

Assistant Professor

Josef Nguyen is an assistant professor of game studies at The University of Texas at Dallas in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication. He received a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis and an M.S. in Information and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. His research engages science and technology studies as well as media studies, with particular interest in the politics of play, toys, and games in contemporary digital culture. His... Read More


Christi Nielsen

Senior Lecturer

Christi Nielsen is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her areas of focus include new media, interactive art, and translation.Nielsen is a transmedia artist with a background in photography and video. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at Dallas in Arts and Technology, with a concentration in Emerging Media and Communications.She founded and directed inter.sect Art Collective, a group of artists... Read More


John Pomara

Professor

John Pomara's teaching and research are on the visual arts with a focus on current theoretical concerns of contemporary art and culture. His own research the past few years has focused primarily on issues addressing the current state of painting and picture making with the rise of new media and digital technology. Pomara explores and formats computer stenciling of magnified digital images. These pictorial distortions are then painted in an analog fashion, pulling industrial enamel paints across... Read More


Jillian Round

Clinical Assistant Professor

Jillian Round is a practicing multimedia artist and designer, having shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the southwest. She has over 15 years’ experience working and volunteering for organizations such as Art Love Magic, Dallas County Community College, Dallas Museum of Art, Denton County MHMR, Greater Denton Arts Council, Upstart Productions, and Water Tower Theater. She was adjunct faculty in visual communications for Brookhaven College, Collin College, and The University of... Read More


Derek Royal

Clinical Associate Professor

Derek Parker Royal is a Clinical Associate Professor, joining the ATEC faculty in 2015. His areas of research include comics studies, contemporary literature, and narrative theory. He is the general editor of the new Bloomsbury Comics Studies Series, from Bloomsbury Academic, and he is the founder and former executive editor of the journal, Philip Roth Studies. His books include Philip Roth: New Perspectives on an American Author (Praeger, 2005), Philip Roth’s American Pastoral... Read More


Maximilian Schich

Associate Professor

Maximilian Schich is an associate professor for arts and technology at the University of Texas at Dallas and a founding member of the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History. His work converges hermeneutics, information visualization, computer science, and physics to understand art, history, and culture. His motivation is to harness and advance expertise in collaboration, to build and lead a group of researchers, to teach students, and to contribute within a team of teams.... Read More


Andrew Scott

Associate Professor

Andrew Scott is a visual artist living and working in Dallas Texas. Holding a B.F.A. from Long Island University, Southampton and an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University, he also studied at the OSU Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD). His, studio practice focuses on the intersection of digital fabrication technologies and traditional fine arts practices. In his work he uses computer graphics software with 3d printers, cnc mills, laser cutters, laser scanners and... Read More




Dean Terry

Associate Professor

Dean Terry is Associate Professor at UT Dallas. He is the Director of the new Emerging Media & Communications (EMAC) program. He is also the founder and director of MobileLab where he conducts research in the emerging mobile space with partners Ericsson, Texas Instruments, Apple, and RIM. He has also worked with Microsoft, Nokia, Warner Brothers, Sony, Yahoo, and many others. He regularly presents his ideas at major technology conferences including Supernova and GigaOm's Mobilize, and has... Read More


Barbara Vance

Clinical Assistant Prodessor

Barbara Vance is an award-winning author and illustrator, story consultant, and instructor at the University of Texas at Dallas where she teaches on narrative, new media, and communication.  She has also taught at Southern Methodist University and Collin College.  Her children’s poetry collection, Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain, is a Moonbeam Children’s Book winner, an Indie Book Award Finalist winner, and has received multiple other nominations.  It... Read More


Marilyn Waligore

Professor, Arts and Humanities, Aesthetic Studies / Photography

Marilyn Waligore, Professor, Aesthetic Studies / Photography, directs the photography program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Waligore received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and undergraduate degrees in Art and in English from the University of California-Berkeley. Through her digital photographs of objects, she investigates concepts of the everyday and the domestic sphere.  Her articles have appeared in Leonardo... Read More


Chip Wood

Clinical Associate Professor

Chip Wood has been a professional Industrial Designer for over 30 years, since graduating from Brigham Young University. He began his career designing large main-frame computers for Sperry-Univac in Minneapolis. He also worked as a consulting designer for Gregory Fossella Associates in Boston where he designed a variety of consumer and commercial products including helicopters, sailboats, bank ATMS, computer equipment, medical instruments and the Kurzweil 250 electronic piano (custom designed... Read More


Marjorie Zielke

Professor in Practice, Director Center for Modeling and Simulation

Marjorie A. Zielke, PhD, is a Professor in Practice of Arts and Technology and Director of the Center for Modeling and Simulation. Dr. Zielke is the UT Dallas principal investigator on interactive and digital media and simulation projects oriented largely toward health and medicine, defense and law enforcement, and education. Current and recent projects include a virtual dyslexia teacher in coordination with the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite... Read More