Our faculty includes a cadre of outstanding scholars and artists who have already made major contributions to their field.
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 is now also sold in France, having been identified as a book that will help French children learn English in a fun way.
A frequent guest speaker, Barbara has presented at conferences like SXSW and the Texas Library Association. She is the former non-fiction editor of the literary Journal Reunion, and has several times been nominated for teaching awards. In 2009 she represented America on an international panel to discuss the future of arts and the economy at the Academia Vitae conference in the Netherlands.