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Erin Beckloff, Communication Design Faculty

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Erin Beckloff is an Assistant Professor of Communication Design who earned her Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Vermont College of Fine Arts and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Miami University. As an Art Director at advertising agencies in Cincinnati and Kansas City, she learned the marketing process and developed award-winning print creative. She studied letterpress through practical application and the shared knowledge of master printers, including the talented folks at Hatch Show Print. Erin is the driving force behind Pressing On: The Letterpress Film, which has been shown across the United States and internationally. As Communication Design Faculty at Miami, she developed the Hand Media, Letterpress & Book Arts course and maintains the Curmudgeon Press type shop. Beckloff also runs Inky Winke, her letterpress, and design business, and has had the privilege of working with clients including Hobart Corporation and Wendy’s.

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Dennis Cheatham, Graduate Director & Communication Design Faculty

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Dennis Cheatham is an Assistant Professor of Communication Design and is Graduate Director of the MFA in Experience Design at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He researches ways people and design decisions intersect at experiential and systemic levels. His recent work explores how co-creating end-of-life choices with stakeholders can facilitate meaningful decision-making resources and tools; ways multiple intelligence theories can be applied to facilitate learning necessary for addressing complex problems; and how rhetoric and semantics in design affect aspirations and goals. Dennis is a Scripps Gerontology Center Research Fellow and his current research work is a transdisciplinary research project titled Living Values that focuses on end-of-life choices and advance care planning for underserved populations in southern Ohio and northern Kentucky.

Prior to his academic appointment, Dennis practiced design professionally for fifteen years as a creative director, graphic, interaction, and experience designer at agencies, in-house, and non-profit organizations in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area with and for organizations including Southwest Airlines, HKS Architects, Irving Bible Church, Cook Children’s Hospital, Water is Basic and public broadcasting television station, KERA. Dennis holds a Master of Fine Arts in Applied Design Research from the University of North Texas as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Texas Tech University.

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James Coyle, Marketing & IMS Faculty

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James Coyle received his M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (1997) in Journalism (Advertising Studies) from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He currently holds a joint appointment in the Marketing Department and the Interactive Media Studies Program. From 1997 through the Spring semester of 2006, James taught at Baruch College, City University of New York.

His academic work has been published in several journals, including the Journal of Advertising, the Journal of Interactive Advertising, the Journal of Advertising Research, the Journal of Business Research, the Journal of Website Promotion, and the Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising. He has written a book chapter that appears in the Advertising and the World Wide Web, 2nd edition (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates), and a book titled Internet Resources and Services for International Marketing and Advertising: A Global Guide (Oryx Press, 2002). He was also the recipient of a $240,000 grant from the NASD Education Foundation in 2005. He used the grant money to develop an online guide, DollarsFromSense, to help prepare college-age youth to make wise financial investment decisions.

James’ research interests include how consumers process and share interactive and rich media content in commercial websites and the influence of consumer expectations on website navigation experiences. He currently teaches E-Commerce and the Internet, and the Interactive Media Studies Practicum.

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Artie Kuhn, IMS Faculty & Assistant Director of IMS

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For over ten years, Artie worked in the interactive industry as a designer, developer, project manager, user researcher and product manager. His work included digital solutions for a diverse set of firms including toymaker Hasbro, Inc., Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s innovative Bioinformatics Research Center, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Aplia Learning and Thomson Publishing/Cengage Learning. Through leading inter-disciplinary teams in the creation of digital products and platforms, Artie saw the positive transformative effect interactive media can have across all disciplines.

This experience fuels a passion for engaging with diverse students in exploring and coming to grips with the ramifications of interactive media in their field of pursuit. His current research, design, development and consulting work also explores this transformative effect. He teaches courses in interaction design, data visualization, and digital product development.

Artie earned his Bachelors of Science in digital design from the University of Cincinnati and his MFA in interaction design and game development from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His work has been presented at the TED 2011 conference, earned awards from ID Magazine and Macromedia and was published in the book Type in Motion 2. Before joining IMS, Artie taught part-time in DAAP at the University of Cincinnati for eight years. At home, Artie partners with his wife Lisa (also a designer) in raising their three rambunctious, but wonderful, young kids.

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Glenn Platt, Marketing & IMS Director

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Glenn Platt received his Bachelor of Arts (with departmental honors) from University of Florida and his MS and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, graduating in 1993.

He is currently the C. Michael Armstrong Chair, Professor of Marketing and has been Director of the Interactive Media Studies Program (and IMS) since 2000. Glenn is President Emeritus of the International Digital Media and Arts Association. Glenn, along with his colleague Prof. Lage, coined the phrase “inverted classroom” with a 2000 seminal work outlining the benefits of using technology to move active learning into the classroom and lecture outside of class. He has won the School of Business Teaching Effectiveness Award, the Associated Student Government Effective Educator Award, and the University’s Knox Award for Teaching.

Besides directing AIMS, Glenn teaches the Social Media Marketing, Internet/Digital Marketing, and the IMS/AI capstone consulting course. He consults in areas of Social Media, Internet Marketing, and eCommerce.

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James Porter, English & IMS Faculty

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Jim Porter is a Professor in IMS and in the Department of English specializing in rhetoric history and theory (particularly digital rhetoric), technical and business communication, ethics and methodology for Internet research, and the rhetoric and ethics of interaction. Porter has published three scholarly books on digital research, ethics, and methodology, including The Ethics of Internet Research (with Heidi McKee). His co-authored online textbook (Professional Writing Online) was one of the first fully online technical communication textbooks. He is the winner of the 2010 Ellen Nold Award for best article in the journal Computers & Composition, for his article “Recovering Delivery for Digital Rhetoric.” Currently, he is conducting research on the design of online writing/communication courses, serving on the University’s eLearning Advisory Council, and pondering whether writing can be taught responsibly and effectively in a MOOC.

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