Professional Experience

  • Director of the Whitehurst Family Honors Program, Barton College, Wilson, NC. (2017-present).
  • Professor of Art & Design, Barton College, Wilson, NC. (2006-present). (Awarded tenure - 2012, promoted to full professor - 2018).
  • National Collegiate Honors Council, Small College Committee. (2020-2022).
  • University of North Carolina General Administration Licensure Examination Team, Chapel Hill, NC. (2009-2012).
  • Publisher. Focal plane: A journal for photography educators and students. (2017-2019).
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) candidate, Maryville University, St. Louis, MO. (2021).
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA), (4.0 GPA), Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. (2004).
  • Bachelor of Arts, Art & Design (BA), (4.0 GPA) Summa Cum Laude, LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA. (1999).

Critical & Historical Research

  • Sustainability and student engagement in academic program design. (2019–present).
  • Commonplace books: The impact of writing on cognition. (2017–present).
  • Cork intellectual societies of the early 19th-century. (2015–present).
  • The influence of place identity on regional ideologies. (2016).
  • The duality of humanitarian outreach and personal self-destruction in Korean War service personnel. (2010-2014).
  • Voice in the shadows: Photographs by ethnic minorities from early 20th-century America. (2014).
  • Simultaneous invention: Four independent creators of photography. (2012).
  • Shared knowledge: Evolution of the camera obscura from Mozi to Vermeer. (2011).
  • The funerary image: 100 years of post-mortem photography from 1845-1945. (2009).
  • Commodity fetishism in the art gallery marketplace. (2004).
  • Psychology of perception in 17th-century Dutch landscape painting. (2002).
  • The role of photography on influencing memory. (2001).

Selected Guest Lectures

  • “Prague, Praha, Prag: City as text,” visiting artist lecture. (2019). Eyes on Main Street Gallery, Wilson, NC.
  • Alpha Chi Induction Ceremony keynote speaker. (2019). Barton College, Wilson, NC.
  • “Water, water everywhere? How photographers respond to the crises of too much and not enough,” guest lecture. (2019). Whitehurst Family Honors Program Lecture Series. Barton College, Wilson, NC.
  • "Commonplace books: The power of writing," conference presentation. (2019). Barton College Day of Scholarship. Barton College, Wilson, NC.
  • "Focal Plane: A case study in launching a peer-reviewed academic journal," conference presentation. (2018). Day of Scholarship. Barton College, Wilson, NC.
  • "Journey through the symbolic: Three forms of Japanese gardens," conference presentation. (2015). Day of Scholarship. Barton College, Wilson, NC.
  • "Checklists, handouts, and journals: A case study in extrinsic motivation," conference presentation. (2015). FLC: Motivating Students to Learn. Barton College, Wilson, NC.
  • "Epiphany in James Joyce’s Dubliners," guest lecture. (2015). AWC 201: Literary Pub Tour class taught by Dr. M. Fukuchi. Barton College, Wilson, NC.
  • "Voice in the shadows: Photographs by ethnic minorities from early 20th century America," guest lecture. (2014). Friends of Visual Arts Art Lecture Series. Barton Art Galleries, Barton College, Wilson, NC.
  • "Light from darkness, or war & baseball," guest lecture. (2014). Theater of the American South. Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theater, Barton College, Wilson, NC.
  • "Teaching and learning online," conference presentation. (2014). 6th Annual Technology Institute for Educators: Teaching with Digital Materials and Learning Technologies. North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.
  • "Slow death of memory: A sculptural interpretation of Alzheimer's disease," conference presentation. (2014). North Carolina Association on Aging. New Bern, NC.
  • "The process of creative writing," conference presentation. (2014). Faculty Forum. Barton College, Wilson, NC.
  • "Photographic manipulation: Historic and contemporary issues," visiting artist lecture. (2010). Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA.
  • "The funerary image," guest lecture. (2009). Friends of Visual Arts. Barton College, Wilson, NC.

Focal Plane: A journal for photography educators and students


In July 2017, I launched Focal Plane journal. This peer-reviewed quarterly printed journal is dedicated to recognizing photography teachers for their superior work both in and outside the classroom, as well as to the publishing of work by undergraduate and high school students. Submissions are not accepted to Focal Plane, but instead faculty are nominated by their peers. These teachers receive a feature on their work and in turn write an article on a deserving student and one on a teaching experience. Focal Plane is distribution is through art departments, libraries, camera shops, and local bookstores. Direct sales and subscriptions are available through the website,, along with subscription sales through EBSCO Information Services and WT Cox Information Services.

Ten Years East

Ten Years East is a collection of photographs spanning a decade living in Eastern North Carolina. These images explore how the idea of "place," along with regional ideologies, inform the ways in which artists view the world. The monograph contains sixty photographs, and is accompanied by an introductory essay falong with an excerpt from The People, Place, and Space Reader, by Jen Jack Gieseking, William Mangold, Cindi Katz, Setha Low, and Susan Saegert.




Winner of two Society of Publication Designers merit awards

Collage illustrations completed for UCLA Magazine's feature story on the UCLA Alumni Travel Program were recognized by merit awards in the cover design and opening spread categories at the 52 Annual Society of Publication Designer’s awards banquet in March. Examples of all work done for UCLA can be seen on their website at