Anne Balsamo

ATEC Distinguished University Chair
Arts and Humanities Distinguished Chair

Anne Balsamo is a scholar, educator, entrepreneur, and designer of new media who has published multiple works exploring the cultural possibilities of emergent media technologies. Balsamo comes to Texas after having served as Dean of the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York City. She received her Ph.D. in Mass Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Balsamo has been a leader in the growth of digital humanities in the United States, having served... Read More

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Heather Oltmann

Assistant to the Dean

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

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

Kim Knight

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and 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

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

Dale MacDonald

Associate Dean of Creative Technologies

Dale MacDonald is an artist, designer, and creative technologist. His work has been shown in theaters, galleries, public spaces, and science and technology centers in New York, California, Mexico, England, Singapore, and India. His interests span from phenomenology of light to body-scale interaction techniques. During his tenure at Xerox PARC, he worked on the fabrication of large area electronics including the world’s first 300 ppi LCD, ethnographies of electronics design, big... Read More

Sandy Farrar

Associate Dean of Operations

Sally Mendiola

Director of Communications