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Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA                                          

MFA – Graphic Design 2011 - Spring 2015 (intended)

Thesis: The Lucky Ones Project: A series of digital and print graphic novellas to be used for human trafficking awareness.


Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA 

MA – Mass Media Communication, 2008

Thesis: “The Day We All became Hokies: An Exploratory Uses and Gratifications Study of Facebook Use After the Virginia Tech Shootings”


Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

BS – Communication Studies, 2006

Area of Concentration:  Graphic Design

Honors Program Thesis: “Equipping a Generation: Measuring the Ability of the Visual Communication Arts Program to Prepare Program Graduates for the Graphic Design Industry”


Instructor - James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Fundamental Skills in Media Arts and Design I Fall 2012 - Present

Fundamental Skills in Media Arts and Design II Fall 2012 - Spring 2013


Adjunct Instructor - Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

Digital Photography Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

Publication Design Fall 2010 - Spring 2012

Art as Communication Fall 2010 - Spring 2012

Introduction to Design Fall 2009 – Spring 2011

Desktop Publishing Fall 2009 – Spring 2011

Digital Illustration Spring 2009, Fall 2011


Graduate Assistant – Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA 

Selah Yearbook Practicum Assistant Fall 2006 - Fall 2008


Best in Print, College Media Advisors, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Silver Crown, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, 2009, 2008, 2007

2nd Place – Graphic Design, Juried Student Art Show, 2006


2014 Landcapes Juried Art Show, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, Online 

2013    Un-Inhibited Smart Device Juried Show, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Brooklyn, NY,

2013    6x6 Gallery Show, Larkin Arts, Harrisonburg, VA

2010    Faculty Art Show, Virginia Association of Communication Arts & Sciences, Virginia Beach, VA

2007    Student Activities Juried Student Art Expo, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

2006    Communication Studies Juried Student Art Show, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA


Freelance Graphic Artist/ Photographer 2004 - Present 

Photographer/Business Owner S. Carter Studios, Lynchburg, VA 2006 - Present

Creative Director clutch: the girl’s guide to everything essential, Lynchburg, VA 2011 - 2014 


Management Systems: Blackboard, Blogger, Canvas, Wordpress

Languages: HTML5, CSS3

Programs: Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Bridge,

Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe After Effects, Microsoft Office Suite

Social Media Platforms: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and Vine


Member: Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences

Member: Broadcast Education Associaton


Assistant Editor, Research and Practice in Assessment Journal, 2014 - Current


Panelist:  Teaching & Learning with Technologies Conference, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Panelist:  Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, Nevada

Participant:  Blended Learning Institute, James Madison Uniersity, Harrisonburg, VA

Attendee:  Teaching & Learning with Technologies Conference, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Attendee:  Adobe Creative Suite Users Conference, Roanoke, VA 

Attendee:  Professional Photographers of America Conference, Nashville, TN

Attendee:  Ann Wharton Lecture Series, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

Panelist:   Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

Attendee:  Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA


Faculty Facilitator - Blended Learning Institute Fall 2014 

CIT Faculty Forum Teaching with Canvas Spring 2014 

Instructor – The Business of Photography Fall 2009, Spring 2012 

Instructor – Fall Photography Forum Fall 2010, 2011 

Instructor – Georgia Yearbook Expo July, 2010 


Reel Change Film Festival Director of Social Media, 2013 - 2015

Chair: Diversity Committee, James Madison University 2013 - 2015 

Faculty Friend Program, James Madison University 2013 - 2015

Member: Honors Committee, James Madison University 2012 - 2015

Member: Scholarship Committee, James Madison University 2012 - 2015

Member: Technology Committee, James Madison University 2012 - 2014

Coordinator: Larger Than Life Exhibit, Liberty University Spring 2009, Fall 2011


Central Virginia Guides and Events, Lynchburg, VA 

Crystal Clear Delivery, Luray, VA 

Around the Valley in 60 days, Luray, VA 

Shout Out, LLC, Lynchburg, VA 

Williams Home, Lynchburg, VA 

Liberty University Athletic Academic Affairs, Lynchburg, VA 

The Waynesboro Generals, Waynesboro, VA 

Soiree Magazine, Lynchburg, VA 

The Clutch Guide, Lynchburg, VA Vision Marketing, Lynchburg, VA 

2010 - present

2010 - present

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Athens, GA

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