Creative Director, Designer, Illustrator, Teacher and Advisor

ADVERTISING PROGRAM I COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
Western Kentucky University

WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
We encourage studying abroad and teach our students that we are a significant part of a global community.
I embrace diversity in its true sense – thought, culture, and expression.

JOB PLACEMENT POST GRADUATION
We have an excellent relationship with regional companies, especially in Nashville and Louisville. After assessing our employment statistics for the last five years, our placement is about 75%, 90 days post graduation!

TEACHING

  • 2018 Best Professor Runner Up, Best of the Hill, WKU College Heights Herald
  • 2017 Best Professor Runner Up, Best of the Hill, WKU College Heights Herald
  • 2017 Professor Recognition from Omega Phi Alpha, Service Sorority
  • 2016 Best Professor, Best of the Hill, WKU College Heights Herald
  • 2014 Alpha Delta Phi, Favorite Professor
  • 2012 Best Professor Top Three, Best of the Hill, WKU College Heights Herald
  • 2011 Best Professor Top Three, Best of the Hill, WKU College Heights Herald
  • Multiple nominations for the WKU Potter College Advising and Teaching Awards

MAJOR IN ADVERTISING
In 2014 Advertising was voted "Best Major," WKU College Heights Herald.
We have recently redesigned our curriculum and offer a single 36 hour track in Advertising that includes a comprehensive overview of Branding, Account Planning & Media and Research paired with practical application of Interactive and Design skill sets. Look for a new Certificate in UX, Fall 2018.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
Before teaching at WKU I enjoyed a successful career working for and with the following companies in Austin, Texas:

New York Life
Southwest Airlines
GSD&M
Bradford Martino Agency
Texas Monthly
NESCOR, Oil and Exploration (Initial Venture Capital Campaign in Mongolia)
501 Studios
Pegalo Properties
Quantum
Positive Images
The Austin Lyric Opera
The Austin Symphony


PERSONAL BACKGROUND

I was born in Iran. I have dual citizenship with Canada. My parents met and married in Tehran. My mother, the daughter of a U.S. Diplomat in the Foreign Service and my father (Canadian) in the oil industry. I have lived in many countries, but identify mostly with a small yet significant town in Belgium. At "my Waterloo," I received an excellent education combining a perfect balance of faith and "industry." I will forever treasure the memories I have from St. John's International and enjoy friendships that endure today. I attended the University of North Texas for my BFA and some graduate work before starting a business immediately after leaving school. I have owned and operated design and marketing consulting businesses in Texas and in Kentucky.


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