With a mindset focused on the future of design and education, I practice an always evolving pedagogy embracing new tools, new materials and new fields to continuously evolve my classroom environment.

About Me

PROFILE: Passionate educator whose pedagogical and creative interests straddle the exciting boundaries between traditional design and new media practices in contemporary culture. A special interest in foundation-level digital curriculum development.

Problem-based learning!

Problem-oriented projects that stretch the technical and relational skills of my classroom.

Learning communities!

Regular high-impact, low-pressure, weekly activities that get students reviewing and collaborating on designs together.

Community enagagement!

Enriching programs through the support of clubs, city partnerships, alum groups, and non-credit pathways.

Academic Senate

Senate Secretary/Treasurer

Guided Pathways

Communications Design Team Co-Lead


Partnership Resource Team Member

Curriculum Vitae


2011 M.F.A. Imaging Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology

2005 B.A. Visual Arts, Rice University

Current position

2014-… Assistant Professor in Digital Media Arts (Tenured), Area Head, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA

Focused primarily on the California CTE funded programs to expand, recruit and redesign the Digital Media Arts and Graphic Design certificate and degree programs.

Actively participating in community outreach. Identifying barriers interrupting certificate completion, and identify solutions to encourage retention.

Courses of Instruction:

Fundamentals of Typography / Advanced Typography (8 sections of each)

Introduction to Digital Media Arts (20+ sections, online and face-to-face)

Portfolio & Business Practices (2 sections)

Web Design (2 sections, online and face-to-face)

History of Animation (6 sections)

Graphic Design (2 sections)

Cooperative Workforce Experience – ongoing internship program


2019-… Academic Senate, Secretary/Treasurer

2018-2019 CTEA Grant Project Director – Printer Lab Equipment

2017-2018 Academic Senate Representative, Fine & Performing Arts Division

2018-… Co-Lead, Guided Pathways Communication Design Team

2018-… Member, Guided Pathways Core Team

2015-2016 CTEA Grant Project Director – Multimedia Equipment

COMMITTEES: Learning Management System Taskforce, Professional Development Taskforce, Website Taskforce, CTE Strong Workforce Workgroup, Scholarships Committee, Screening Committees for: Computer Science, Photography, Drawing, Ceramics, Communications & Media Studies.

TRAINING: IEPI Partnership Resource Team Member, ELI Facilitator Certified, UCCI Curriculum Institute Course Developer, SAC Canvas Gold Certified, Online Teaching Certified, SAC Online Accessibility Certified, SAC EEO Trained, Career Pathways Leadership Institute

CTE / INNOVATIVE Curriculum:

Proposed and launched online course, History of Animation, adding approximately 300 seats annually to Digital Media Arts programs

Relaunched Web Design course after a 5 year hiatus, implementation of UX/UI Design plan underway

Reorganized Certificates & Degrees, eliminating prerequisites and packaging ‘like’ courses together

Developed Articulation Agreements with 3 Districts – hold annual meetings to update instructors on new materials and tools

Assisted Administration with Dual Enrollment creation with Local High Schools – currently working on packaging a marketable short certificate program for high school students


2013-2014 Senior Lecturer in Digital Design (Full-time), The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

2010-2013 Adjunct Assistant Professor (Foundations), The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

Actively involved in NASAD accreditation preparation for the Digital Design area.

Digital Design (16 sections)

Developed an intensive schedule with instruction focused on techniques in digital montage, vector-based design, and time-based media as well as industry standards and best practices across media.

Concentrated on increasing student employment potential by designing diverse digital projects, including web and collaborative multi-piece design.

2D Design (4 sections)

Guided students in visualizing design principles and terminology through problem-based projects.

Developed students’ comprehensive creative practice by utilizing process-oriented solutions.

Introduced students to arts research with a theme-based semester and capstone thesis papers, thus

increasing students’ conceptual, reading and research comprehension.

Sign & Symbol (2 sections)

Technically focused course on mechanical drawing design, utilizing manual tools for developing students’ ability to structure design around mathematically founded design principles.

Advanced visual communications driven course for translating representation and ideas into effective cultural signs and symbols with various communicative purposes in mind.

Goal of developing students’ visual language skills achieved by illustrating the alteration of meaning via singular transformations of visual characteristics within given images.

2012-2014 Adjunct Faculty in Graphic Arts, Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX

Digital Arts I & II (2 sections of each)

Developed new curriculum for Digital Arts I & II, utilizing 2D design as well as time-based media.

Special attention given to a proposed semester-long project, the end goal being a multi-piece installation-ready work for the purpose of expanding Digital Arts enrollment via a stronger on-campus presence.

Computer Graphics I (1 section)

Course curriculum focused on developing digital montage, supplemented with vector design & printing.

2012-2013 Adjunct Instructor, Hill College, Hillsboro, TX

Digital Photo (5 sections)

Encouraged students to take full advantage of all camera types and systems through in-class practice.

Developed students’ digital photographic production skills through in-camera control of lighting, composition, image-making concepts, as well as exploring available software tools and techniques.

Digital Arts (1 section)

Developed a curriculum with an emphasis on real-world applications in the field of graphic design.

Integrated web design, graphic development and digital montage into comprehensive design practice.

Introduced students to cross-software design techniques and workflow.

Intro. to Video/Advanced Video (1 section)

Created a course to develop students’ understanding of the unique advantages in digital video.

Special emphasis on developing students’ craft of video production and editing techniques.

Supplemented with applications for various file format optimization and video/web integration.

2008-2009 Instructor of Record (Graduate Assistant), RIT, Rochester, NY

Intro. to Photography & Still Photo I

Developed students’ technical knowledge and operation of digital and analogue SLRs, in addition to foundation knowledge of imaging software.

Focused on exploring the variety of imaging options available within the silver darkroom setting.

Team-taught, coordinated lectures on contemporary practice, and designed syllabi for all courses.

2009 Founder, RIT MFA Photo Blog,

2007-2009 Graduate Teaching Assistant, RIT, Rochester, NY

Photographic Arts I & II (Instructor of Record)

Assisted in all aspects of course preparation and instruction for freshman photo-major course series.

Encouraged development through interaction during image production and post-processing.

Conducted and staged demos including lighting and digital output.

Contributed to critique and research.

Assistant to MFA Coordinator

Coordinated and promoted on-campus events; included Art21 public preview and round-table discussion.

Assisted with a variety of office assignments.

Assistant to Visiting Faculty / Digital Imaging for Artists

Organized metadata entry for newly developed virtual slide library.

Assisted students with conceptualization and technique of digital photomontage.

Contributed to class critique and demos.

2006-2007 Customer Service, promoted to Account Executive, Houston Photo Imaging, Houston, TX

Introduced new clients to graphic solutions offered by HPI, served as liaison between clients and production.

Managed timing of projects, developed quotes and assisted with production workflow.

$40,000+ sales within first month as account executive.

2006 Photographer Assistant, Joe Baraban Photography, Houston, TX

Managed various aspects of the studio.

Maintained digital archives of photographer’s work; included scanning and editing photographs.



Digital Media & Design Master/Student Exhibition, Santora Gallery, Santa Ana, CA (Curator & Exhibitor)


Hot and Sweaty 3, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

UTA Faculty Biennial, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

Naturally, Rice University, Matchbox Gallery, Houston, TX

Reflections, curated by Lindsay Harris, Target Gallery, The Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA


Brookhaven Faculty Exhibition, Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX

Fresharts WHAM, curated Winter holiday art market, Houston, TX


Faculty Exhibition, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

Shadow Play, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX*


Spacetaker’s WHAM, curated Winter holiday art market, Houston, TX

500X Expo, curated by Marty Walker, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

The Specter of Nature, ARC Gallery at Spacetaker, Houston, TX*

Artech Juried Exhibition: INTERSECTIONS, Gallery r, Rochester, NY

Artech Juried Exhibition: INTERSECTIONS, Center for Student Innovation at RIT, Rochester, NY


The Specter of Nature (thesis show), SPAS Gallery, Rochester, NY*

Converge, SPAS Gallery, Rochester, NY

6×6, Rochester Contemporary, Rochester, NY

2009 Imagine RIT Creative Festival, Exhibit 520, Rochester, NY

Young American Photography, Ringu Gallery HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

2008 The Family Show, Hungerford Studios 448, Rochester, NY 

Grad 123, SPAS Gallery, Rochester, NY    


Through the Passage of the Tides, Rice Media Center, Houston, TX*

*(solo exhibitions)


ArtAscent: Art & Literature Journal, Vol. 7, “Investor Tips” featured images, (June 2014):

ARTicle, “Shadow Play: Focus Gallery One,” exhibition announcement with photograph, Fort Worth, TX (Fall 2011): 8.

Pennywark, Michael. “Specter of Nature: Spacetaker’s ARC Gallery.” Free Press Houston. Web.  23 Jan 2011. (link via internet archive)

“Beyond the photograph – Q&A with Stephanie Anne Clark “. Spacetaker. Web. 6 Jan 2011.

Buckland, Suzanne. “ARC Exhibition: The Specter of Nature by Stephanie Anne Clark.” Web. 5 Jan 2011. (link via internet archive)


2019 Distinguished Faculty Award Nominee, Faculty Excellence Awards – Santa Ana College

2018 CTE Faculty of the Year, Faculty Excellence Awards – Santa Ana College

2014 Adjunct Travel Fund recipient, Brookhaven College

2010 Honorable Mention in photography, Artech Digital Art Juried Exhibition, RIT Arts & Sciences Award

2005 Rice University Christine Croneis Sayres Memorial Art Award: Anderson Ranch

2005 Rice University Pitman Exhibition Award: ‘The Passage of the Tides’ exhibition

2004 Rice University Eleanor & Frank Freed Traveling Fellowship: studied petroglyph sites of American Southwest

2003-05 Rice University Jays Scholarship

2005 ‘Pete’s Up All Night’ album cover photograph (commission)

Workshops/Artist Talks

2016 Digital Media Educators Conference, LinkedIn in the Classroom

2014 Adobe Creative Cloud: Illustrator 101 Workshop, UT Arlington, Arlington TX, April 2.

2014 Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop 102 Workshop, UT Arlington, Arlington TX, April 8.

2013 Artist Talk, UT Arlington, Arlington, TX, February 20.

Artist Talk, Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, TX, June 6.

It is a powerful thing, to know that students leave here having developed agency in their own lives. They can work and learn in their field and have control over their own destiny. This is an important part of my classroom culture, encouraging students to believe that their destiny is not pre-conditioned, it is in their hands.

Stephanie Anne Clark Educator

Students are the easiest part of my job. They are the best part of the job.

Stephanie Anne Clark Educator

“Use design as a secret disguise to infiltrate whatever world you want to go into.”
– Michael Beirut