WCU’s School of Art and Design faculty members are dedicated, talented, and passionate educators who have practiced in professional and academic settings. They bring a wealth of scholastic, corporate, and organizational experiences to the classroom and encourage students to think critically, communicate effectively, and make the connection between their studies and professional aspirations.
All faculty members have demonstrated expertise in the specific discipline of their teaching assignment and they are practioners in the subject matter being presented.
Here at WCU, studio art faculty are artists with M.F.A. degrees. Art history faculty hold Ph.D.s. Art education faculty hold either a Ph.D. or M.F.A. degree. Interior Design faculty members are expected to hold at least the M.A. in interior design and to be practicing professional designers.
Full-Time Faculty and Staff
|Erin Adams||M.S., Associate Professor, Interior Design|
|David Brown||Director, Fine Arts Museum|
|Joan Byrd||M.F.A., Professor, Ceramics|
|Denise Drury||M.A., Curator of Fine Art Museum|
|Heather Mae Erickson||B.F.A., Assistant Professor, Ceramics|
|Seth J. McCormick||Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Art History|
|Cathryn Griffin||M.F.A., Professor, Photography|
|Jon Jicha||M.F.A., Professor, Graphic Design|
|Justin (Morgan) Kennedy||Visiting Instructor- Sculpture|
|Kevin Kirkpatrick||M.F.A., Studio Tech/Instructor|
|Ron Laboray||M.F.A., Assistant Professor, Painting and Drawing|
|Mary Anna LaFratta||M.F.A., Associate Professor, Graphic Design|
|Erin Tapley||M.F.A., Ph. D., Professor, Art Education|
|Betty Torrell||M.F.A. Assistant Professor, Interior Design|
|Richard Tichich||M.F.A., Professor, Photography, Director of MFA Program|
|Marc Yops||M.A., Associate Professor, Interior Design|
|Wanda Crawford||M.A., Administrative Support Associate|
|Sumaya El Attar|