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 Tapley||M.F.A., Ph.D., Director, School of Art and Design; Professor, Art Education|
|Erin Adams||M.S., Associate Professor, Interior Design, Program Coordinator|
||M.F.A., Endowed Professor of Visual Arts, MFA Director|
|Heather Mae Erickson||M.F.A., Assistant Professor, Ceramics, Program Coordinator|
|Seth J. McCormick||Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Art History|
||M.F.A., Professor, Graphic Design|
|Justin Morgan Kennedy||M.F.A., Assistant Professor, Sculpture|
|Kevin Kirkpatrick||M.F.A., Studio Tech/Instructor|
|Ron Laboray||M.F.A., Professor, Painting and Drawing|
|Mary Anna LaFratta||M.F.A., Associate Professor, Graphic Design|
|Matt Liddle||M.F.A., Professor, Printmaking and Book Arts|
|Richard Tichich||M.F.A., Professor, Photography|
|Beth Moore||B.S., Administrative Support Associate, School of Art and Design|
Karen Britt, Research Scholar in Art History
Leigh Ann Parrish