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Apart from our main faculty, many courses about new and experimental topics are also taught by visiting professors and graduate students.

Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Professor
cbjpgd@rit.edu
585-475-5823
Chris Jackson is a full Professor and the Graduate Director for the MFA Visual Communication Design program. With over 15 years of academic experience and 20 years of professional work in graphic design, instructional writing, multimedia design, and motion graphics, Chris brings diverse expertise to his courses in applied computer graphics and design. He teaches courses in interaction design and development and motion graphics. Chris continues to create a body of work that contributes to his field in computer graphics design. Professionally, his work has received more than 25 national and international awards. His interactive work is on permanent exhibit at the National Museum of Play at The Strong in Rochester, New York. Chris publishes and presents his research at SIGGRAPH, UCDA, TypeCon, and the Society for Technical Communication. He has been a featured speaker at Adobe MAX since 2008 and has been awarded the honor as MAX Master. Chris is the author of "After Effects and CINEMA 4D Lite," "Flash + After Effects," "Flash Cinematic Techniques," and "Flash 3D: Animation, Interactivity, and Games" (all from Focal Press).
Marla Schweppe

Marla Schweppe

Professor
mkspph@rit.edu
585-475-2754
Marla Schweppe is a full Professor in the School of Design. Early in her career Marla designed for theatre, television and movies in New York City and other theaters around the country. She has traveled to over 30 countries designing for a dance company and has been working and teaching in the field for more than 25 years at Ohio State, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Northwestern University. Since joining the faculty at RIT, she has developed the graduate and undergraduate programs in computer animation, added 3D courses in the Computer Graphics Design program and built the BFA in Three-Dimensional Digital Design, which she now chairs. Her creative work includes the incorporation of her theatrical background into performances on the virtual stage, animatronics, physical computing and tangible media, surgical simulation, and collaborative support for visualization and simulation of information and ideas.
Nancy Ciolek

Nancy Ciolek

Associate Professor
nacfad@rit.edu
585-475-3430
Nancy Ciolek is an Associate Professor in the School of Design. She has over 30 years of experience in graphic design and serves as a design consultant for ICS, Inc., an international innovation consulting firm based in Rochester, NY, in addition to previously working as a designer at James Bare Design, The Williams Agency, and St. Mary of the Woods College. Her work has been published in Contemporary Masterworks by St. James Press (UK), IDS Publishing/Media 2005 (online), and in the SIGGRAPH 2006 conference proceedings; and has presented at the Kern Conference, the UCDA Design Education Summits, SIGGRAPH, and TypeCon. She has been a conference program reviewer for UCDA and the Taiwan Association of Digital Media Design international conference. Nancy has been an invited guest speaker and given workshops at various conferences and universities, and serves on the Advisory Board for Penn State College of Technology, and the UCDA Education Board.