M.F.A. Design: Innovation Studies, University of North Texas
B.F.A. Design Communication, Texas Tech University
B.A. Creative Writing, Texas Tech University
Dennis Cheatham is the Graduate Director of the MFA in Experience Design and Lead Faculty of the BFA in Communication Design. Dennis's research examines the interplay between design and people at an experiential level. His work seeks to decipher aspects that comprise experience design scenes in order to enable research and design for relevant and meaningful experiences. He applies findings to his people-driven practice, which investigates barriers that prevent people who are marginalized in southern Ohio and northern Kentucky from discussing and recording their end-of-life choices. This transdisciplinary research project, titled Living Values, seeks to co-create experience-rich products, services, and systems that enable people to complete advance care planning in ways that match their needs, values, and preferences. This work informs his pedagogical research for developing future experience designers.
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 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Dennis holds a Master of Fine Arts in Design-Innovation Studies from the University of North Texas as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Texas Tech University.