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Ph.D: Yale University
MPhil: 2001, Yale University
MA: 1999, Yale University
AB: 1998, Vassar College
​​ ​Courses Taught
​• Intro to Western Art II​​
• American Art
• Art After 1​945
​• Nineteenth Century Art​​
​• European Art from 1890-1​940
• Gender & Art
• Modern Architecture​

• Seminar in Modern & Contemporary Art

MFA: 2006, University of Oklahoma
BFA: 2002, Oklahoma State University
MS: 1989, Oklahoma State University
BS: 1983, Oklahoma State University

Personal Websites
​​​ Courses Taught:
​• Web Design I
• Web Design II
• Graphic Design Capstone
• Independent Studio

Research Interests
• Diversity


I grew up in rural north central Oklahoma. I am the fifth generation of my family in the state. I have a diverse background which I use in class to increase the interest and keep students thinking.

Recent Scholarship

2016 Gender Chess, Black and White Exhibit, National Juried Exhibition

2013 Website Design - Scott de Brestian

2012 APEX Award of Excellence

MFA: 2007, University of Arizona
BFA: 2003, University of North Florida
​​​ Courses Taught
• Intro to Photography​
• Digital Design
• Everyday Web Design

Research Interests
• Large Format Photography​
• Time Based Art
• Digital-Animation
• 3D Modeling & Printing
• Surface and Material Experimentation


John H Clarke has been teaching photography and new-media for the past decade.  His studio practice emphasizes experimentation and the convergence of traditional and contemporary media. Clarke's work was selected for the 2015 Arizona Biennial at the Tucson Museum of Art and the 2016 Society for Photographic Education Combined Caucus exhibition & catalogue. His images explores ideas related to social identity, corporeality, and the peculiarities of representation. 

Recent Scholarship

2016 - Society for Photographic Education Combined Caucus Exhibition , Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas, NM

2016 - FAUX, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO

2016​ - Inspiration: Foundations in Art: Theory & Education, Len G. Everett Gallery, Monmouth College,  Monmouth , IL

2015 - Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

2015 - Reveal, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT

Ph.D: 2003, University of Missouri-Columbia
MA: 1997, University of Missouri-Columbia
BA: 1994, Boston University

Personal Website
​​​​​​ Courses Taught:
Ancient & Medieval Art History
• Intro to Western Art I
• Art Critic Methodology/Art History
• Islamic Art
• Research Seminar in Art History

Research Interests
• Ethnicity & Identity
• Ro​man & Early Medieval Spain                            

​​Dr. de Brestian got his BA in Archaeology from Boston University and his MA and PhD in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Missouri. He is co-director of the Najerilla Valley Research Project, an international multidisciplinary project that is examining changes in urbanization, rural settlement, art and architecture in the upper Ebro valley of Spain between the 1st century BCE and the 15th century CE.

Recent Scholarship
Publications: “Vascones and Visigoths: Creation and Transformation of Identity in Northern Spain,” in R. Mathisen and D. Schanzer, (eds.), Romans, Barbarians, and the Transformation of the Roman World (Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity 6). (Ashgate: Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, VT 2010) 283-298.

“Interrogating the Dead: Funerary Inscriptions in Northern Iberia” in R. Häussler, (ed.), Romanisation et épigraphie. Études interdisciplinaires sur l’acculturation et l’identité dans l’Empire romain (Archéologie et Histoire Romaine, 17), (Editions Monique Mergoil: Montagnac 2007) 267-280.

MFA: 1982, Yale University
BA: 1979, Baker Universi​ty
​​​ Courses Taught
Intro to Drawing
• Intro to Figure Drawing
• Figure Drawing Studio
• Advanced Figure Drawing Studio

Research Interests
• Painting & drawing from direct observation 


Artist in Residence, Cassis, France, Has painted on location in Paris, Venice, Rome, London, Oslo, St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Athens, Moscow, Palermo, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Barcelona, Tivoli, Prague, Bruges, Bilbao, Lausanne, Zurich, Orvieto, Arles, Honfleur, Florence, Oaxaca, Salisbury, Madrid and Marrakesh​.

Recent Scholarship

Permanent Collection, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City, Spenser Museum of Art, Lawrence, Ks. Yale University, New Haven, CT.

MFA: 1996, Indiana University
BFA: 1994, University of New Hampshire

Service Responsibilities
BFA Program Chair
Director of Drawing in Florence Program

Personal Website

​Courses Taught (cont.)
• Intro to Painting
• Painting Studio
• Advanced Painting Studio
• Drawing in Florence
• Intro to Drawing
• Drawing Studio
• Advanced Drawing Studio

Research Interests
• Painting
• Drawing & mixed media artworks that investigate ideas of travel and geography in relation to personal metaphor ​                            


A native of New Hampshire, Brian Elder worked many jobs including painting houses, setting up telephone service, and janitorial work before starting college at the age of 28. After receiving his MFA from Indiana University he taught in New Hampshire, Illinois, and New York before coming to CMU to teach drawing and painting in 2002. 

Recent Scholarship

Solo Exhibitions include the Halka Art Project in Turkey, Westjyllands Kunstmuseum in Denmark, the University of Rochester, Indiana University-East, Blackburn College, Cazenovia College and Delta College.

MFA: 2003, Western Michigan University
BFA: 1999, Alma College

Service Responsibilities
CMU Laboratory Safety Committee representative

​​​​ Courses Taught: ​
• Intro to Sculpture​
• Sculpture Studio



My artistic interests revolve around the human condition.  More specifically health and wellness, things we may or may not be able to control and our interpretations and capacities for self sufficiency and care.  My personal endeavors are most often outdoor activities that expand my abilities, push my human potential and ultimately test my mettle.  These experiences allow for intimate engagement with the world and  remind me that I'm alive beyond the consumer world.  Art and adventures fuel my human spirit and allow for something real, challenging and exciting every day.   

MFA: 1982, University of Iowa
MA: 1981, University of Iowa
BA: 1979, College of William & Mary

​​​​ Courses Taught:​
BFA Exhibition
• BA/B​S Capstone
• BAA Senior Seminar


Ms. Gochenour has more than 35 years of experience in curating and organizing art exhibitions.  She was curator of contemporary craft at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas before moving to Michigan.  In Iowa City, Iowa she was director of the Iowa City/Johnson County Arts Center and she also created a number of alternative exhibition spaces.  As a student she developed the first juried student exhibition and a student art grant program at the University of Iowa.  She is  a sculptor with an extensive exhibition record. She curates and coordinates exhibitions at the University Art Gallery and teaches the fine arts capstone class for the Department of Art & Design.
Ph.D: 2013, University of Maryland College Park
MA: 2001, University of Maryland College P​ark
BA: 1998, University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests
• Northern Baroque Art
​​​ Courses Taught
​• Intro to the Visual
• Intr​o to Western Art II
• Northern Renaissance Art
• Italian Renaissance Art
• Baroque Art
• Eighteenth-Century European Art
• Intro to Non-Western Art


After receiving her B.A. in art history from the University of Texas, she moved to Maryland to pursue her graduate studies. After receiving an M.A. in art history & archaeology from the University of Maryland College Park, she served as a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery for several years. She was awarded a doctorate in art history & archaeology from from the University of Maryland in 2013 before coming to CMU as a lecturer.

Ph.D: 2010, The University of Georgia
MA: 1984, Georgia State University
BS: 1976, Appalachian State University

Service Responsibilities
President, Michigan Art Education Association

​​​​ Courses Taught
• Middle School Visual Arts Ed
• Art Mid Sch Grades 5-8
• Art in the Elementary School
• Visual Art & Aesthetic ​Ed

Research Interests
• Art & Cognition
• Transformative Learning
• Service-Learning
• Inclusive Pedagogies


Ren Hullender is an assistant professor of art education at Central Michigan University. Ren uses arts-based research methodologies to explore the complex metaphors by which understanding, meaning, and possibility are constructed. His educational research focuses on the embodied cognitive dynamics of art-making and the use of art-making and play as pedagogical strategies in diverse learning environments such as service-learning, STEM education, and selfie publication.

Recent Scholarship

Hullender, R., Hinck, S., Wood-Nartker, J., Burton, T., & Bowlby, S. (2015).  Evidences of Transformative Learning in Service-Learning Reflections. Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vol. 15, No. 4, August, 2015, pp.58-82.

Hullender, R. (2015). Leading by design: Teacher leadership in a time of change. MAEA conference, October 17. (Keynote).

Hullender, R. & Wildey, A. (2014). Emerging Lens-Based Pedagogies of Self: Precedents and Possibilities. International Conference on the Image, Berlin, October 30. 

STEAM: Arts Access for Inclusion and Innovation, MCACA Grant, Fall 2015.

MFA: 1999, Central Michigan University
BFA: 1981, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Undergrad: Aegean School of Fine Arts, Greece
Associate: 1977, Delta College

Personal Websites
​​​ Courses Taught:
• Intro to Graphic Design
• Logo​ & Identity Design
• Typography
• Professional Design Practices
• Graphic Design Capstone

Research Interests 
• Web Interface Design
• UX & UI Design
• Typography
• Photography
• Print & Video


Clark is a Professor in the Graphic Design program where he has taught a range of design communication courses since joining the Department of Art and Design in 2000. Clark has also been a Principal of RedPoint Design Direction in Midland for nearly 30 years, providing communication design solutions to a variety of business sectors from fortune 500 clients to small start-ups and non-profit organizations.​

Recent Scholarship

His work as an art director, designer and photographer has been published in multiple books and magazines. He has also been honored by organizations including: the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Design), Communication Arts, The Webby Awards, the American Advertising Federation where he has received multiple District and Regional Addys, The Pixel Awards and others.

MFA: 2001, Louisiana State University
Teaching Certificate: 1997, Eastern Michigan University
BFA: 1995, University of Michigan

Personal Website

​​​​ Courses Taught

• Intro to Prin​tmaking
• Printmaking Studio
• Advanced Printmaking Studio

Research Interests

• Printmaking


Johanna Paas has been teaching printmaking at Central Michigan University since 2002.

Recent Scholarship

Recipient of Teaching Excellence Award, Central Michigan University, Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching

A selection of recent exhibitions include:

2015: Global Print: The Douro Museum, Alijo, Portugal

2014: Feel the “D”: Re:View Contemporary Art Gallery, Detroit, MI

2013: Shy Rabbit Print International 4: Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts, Pagosa Springs, CO

2013: New England Photography Biennial: Danforth Museum, Boston, MA

​2012: Summer National Juried Exhibition: Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA

MFA: 2014, Syracuse University
Ed.M: 2011, Harvard University
BFA: 2005, Pratt Institute

Personal Website
​​​ Courses Taught
• Art in the Elementary School
• Content Area Literacy

Research Interests
• The unfamiliar
• Place
• Figure/ground relationship
• Connections between teaching & making art
• Confusion


Sarah Pfohl is an artist and teacher. She utilizes drawing, photography, and writing to examine place, schooling, teaching, and the intersections between visual art practice and teaching. Her work has been exhibited nationwide and published internationally. Before beginning to work in higher education, Sarah taught K-12 for 5 years in New Mexico and rural New York. Recent publications include GUTTER/Oranbeg Press (Brooklyn), Esquire Russia, Fresh Paint Magazine (London), and Excerpt Magazine (Melbourne). Sarah is currently finishing a book of drawings that examine issues of teaching. The book is under contract with Information Age Publishing and will be published in 2017.


Recent Scholarship

2017 Pfohl, S. (under contract). The unfamiliar, confusion, and recognition: Drawings on teaching. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.

2017 Solo Exhibition, On schooling, violence, and power, Delta College, University Center, MI (catalogue)

2016 Making Muses, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO (curated by David Bram and Jennifer Schwartz) (catalogue)

2015 GUTTER, Oranbeg Press, (April 2015): 17-18.

MFA: 2005, Fort Hays State University
BFA: 2003, Southern Illinois University

Personal Website

​​​​ Courses Taught
• Logo & Identity Design
• Typography
• Intro to Graphic Design
• Professional Design Practices
• Motion Graphics

• Graphic Design Capstone
​• Advanced Typography

Research Interests
• Typography
​• Printed Matter
• Design Education Pedagogy


Jonathon Russell is a design educator currently teaching design and typography at Central Michigan University. Jonathon has been teaching design and typography for 10 years, and in addition to teaching in the United States has taught at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. Living, working and teaching abroad has expanded his world view and changed the way he looks at life and design. His research interests include typography and the use of printed matter to improve design education. His personal interests include cycling, photography and self-published books. He rides his bicycle to work every day, even through the long, cold Michigan winters.

Recent Scholarship

• Project Passion Exhitibion 2016
​• DesignInquiry Make/Do 2013

MFA: 2005, Arizona State University
BFA: 2000, College for Creative Studies
AA: 1996, Washtenaw Community College

Personal Website
​​​ Courses Taught
• Intro to Photography
• Experimental Photography Studio
• Photography Studio

Research Interests
• Personal Relationships
• LGBTQ Issues
• Vintage Snapshots

Service Responsibilties
Artist-In-Residence Committee (chair)
BFA Committee


Kris Sanford grew up in southeast Michigan. She has exhibited her work nationally, including group exhibitions in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, and New York. In 2010 she was awarded a Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum and exhibited her work at the museum in May 2011. Her work was selected by the Phoenix Public Art Program for the 2011 installment of the 7th Avenue Streetscape Panels. In 2016 she received First Place in the 35th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition at the Crooked Tree Art Center in Petoskey, MI. Her art explores intimate relationships, specifically queer desire, through the use of appropriated images and text.

Recent Scholarship

2016 First Place Award, 35th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, MI
2015 Through the Lens of Desire (solo exhibition), OutCenter, Benton Harbor, MI
2015 Through the Lens of Desire (solo exhibition), Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2012 Critical Mass Finalist, Photolucida, Portland, OR
2010 Contemporary Forum Artist Grant, Phoenix Art Museum

MFA: 2005, Indiana University
BA: 2001, Goshen College
​​​ Courses Taught:
• Intro to Ceramics
• Ceramics Studio: Wheel-throwing
• Creation in 3D


Grey Stahly has been teaching at CMU since 2007.  Prior to that he taught at Millersville University and SUNY-Potsdam.  Stahly is currently the head of the ceramics area.

Recent Scholarship

2015 - Graphic Clay, Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD

2015 - Workhouse Ceramics National, Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, VA

2015 - Americas Clayfest III, Blue Line Arts Gallery, Lincoln, CA

MFA: 1993, University of Oregon
Certificate: 1976, Croydon College of Art, London
BFA: 1975, Rhode Island School of Design

Personal Website(s)

​​​ Courses Taught:
• Foundational Visual Thinking
• Intro to Graphic Design
• Design Bureau
• Typography
• Design History
• Contemporary Issues in Design
• Professional Practice
• Advanced Typography
• Graphic Design Capstone

Research Interests
• Social Design
• Design & Science
• Design Altruism
• Artists Books
• Design Criticism


David Stairs founded Designers Without Borders in 2001 while on a Fulbright research grant to Uganda. In 2006, he became founding editor of Design Altruism Project, an online experiment dedicated to addressing the shifting character of professional design practice. Stairs’ latest portrait was taken by his son Chris one morning at the City Market in Bangalore where he was a Hindu for three hours.

Recent Scholarship

Fulbright to Uganda 2000-2002, Fulbright to India 2012, 

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Ph.D: 2015, University of Sunderland

Personal Website​

Research Interests
To make is to know
​​​ Courses Taught
• Intro​ to Ceramics
• Advanced Ceramics
• Issues in Contemporary Art
• Drawing
• Sculpture

​Thomas' artwork has often utilized ceramic materials to investigate ideas surrounding the everyday. He remarks, "These days my work most frequently includes searching for that most elusive of themes, contentment".

Recent Scholarship
Thomas recently won the Faenza International Ceramic Prize (2015), and this summer will undertake a residency at Officine Saffi Gallery, Milan (2016).

MA: 1992, Central Michigan University
BS: 1968, Central Michigan University

BFA: 2000, University of Akron
MGD: 2004, North Carolina State University
​​​ Courses Taught
• Intro to Graphic Design​​
• Digital Multimedia Designer

MFA: 2001, Central Michigan University
BFA: 1996, Central Michigan University

Personal Website

​​​​ Courses Taught:
• Intro to Drawing
• Drawing Studio
• Advanced Drawing Studio​

Research Interests
• Humans & Their Natural Environment
• Historical & Current Materials, Methods & Techniques of Oil Painting                            


Volker returned to college late in life after a career in music that began while he was still in high school during the "Michigan Rock" era.  Recordings by his early band "Pitche Blende" are still featured in prominent discographies from the period.  

He began teaching in the Art & Design Department at CMU in 1998 as the "Instructor of Record" while still a graduate student.  Volker also taught at Alma College as a Visiting Instructor in Art & Design between 2001- 2006.  Additionally he served by invitation on Alma's Art and Design Advisory Board for two years. Volker has also conducted many workshops, critiques, and lectures at various art institutions throughout the state.​

Recent Scholarship

​Volker has exhibited both his paintings and prints nationally at Galleries, Museums, and in many Juried Exhibitions.  Volker spent five years under exclusive contract to Bensen Galleries LTD, in Arlington Heights, Chicago, IL, where a limited edition of his painting "Passing Storm" was published.  His monotype "Pond at Evening was featured in the "Journal of the Print World", after he won the Senator Leo J. Roizer award during the 2004 Annual Alma College Statewide Print Competition.  His work is in the permanent collection of Alma college, and Saginaw Valley University.  ​  

MFA: 1996, University of Idaho
BFA: 1990, Rochester Institute of Technology

Service Responsibilties
Photography Program Coordinator

Personal Website
​​​​ Courses Taught
• Intro to Photography
• Photography Studio
• Adv Photography Studio
• Understanding Digital Photography
• History of Photography

Research Interests
• Lens-based Imaging (Historical & Contemporary)
• Selfies (self-authorship, self-branding)
• Composite Photography​


An artist and educator, I have been making lens-based art for over three decades and working in higher education for over 25 years. I have exhibited nationally in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Denver, and Dallas and internationally in Paris, London, Florence, Barcelona, Prague, Berlin, and Beijing. My works are in numerous public and private collections in America, Europe and Asia.

Recent Scholarship

2015 "Based on Actual Events", (solo, invited), Ferris State University Art Gallery, Big Rapids, MI

"Terra Firma – Architecture and Landscape", (invited, national), Luminarte Fine Art Gallery, Dallas, TX

"ArtPrize 2015", (juried, international), Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids, MI

"Clare Community Portrait", (juried, state), Art Alley, Clare, MI

2014 "Emerging Lens-based Pedgogies of Self(ie): Precedents and Possibilities", presentation, Fifth International Conference of the Image, Berlin, Germany

​1974: Carman ​High School


Robin Langdon has been with CMU since December 2000.  She started working with Distance & Distributed Learning (Global Campus) until 2005.  Langdon advanced to the CCFA Dean's Office from 2005-2010, then advanced again to the Department of Art and Design.