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SoVA Welcomes New Faculty

Welcome New SoVA Faculty Fall 2015

SoVA is very pleased to welcome four new faculty members for the 2015-16 year: Michael Collins, Aaron D. Knochel, Eric Roman, and Christopher M. Schulte.

Michael Collins, assistant professor of art, will be coordinating a new online bachelor’s degree in digital multimedia design being developed in collaboration with the College of Communications and School of Information Sciences and Technology. He has been teaching 3D animation and design since 2011 and has been working in online learning technology for almost a decade. His work spans a variety of disciplines, including digital fabrication, 3D animation, and open-source software design. He is an avid conference presenter, traveler, and coffee drinker.

Aaron Knochel, assistant professor of art education, has worked in a variety of visual arts learning spaces, including schools, museums, and community arts programs both domestically and internationally. His research and creative inquiry focus on critical media literacy. His recent research has focused on developing curricular opportunities that utilize a range of digital design and fabrication techniques, such as 3D printing. Generally, he tries to live up to his @artisteducator twitter bio: artist-teacher-visual culture researcher-digital media flaneur-novice hacker and pixel stacker.

Eric Roman, visiting assistant professor of art, has followed a circuitous path en route to Penn State. After studying photography in Maine, he moved to Washington, D.C. and spent nine years dodging traffic as a bicycle messenger. Along the way Eric began racing mountain bikes, moved to State College, where he raced as a sponsored athlete, and completed his B.F.A. at Penn State. Eric’s next stop was San Francisco, where he received his M.F.A. For the past three years he has run the Digital Print Lab for SoVA. Eric continues to photograph places and individuals that move him.

Christopher Schulte, assistant professor of art education, has held faculty appointments at the University of Northern Iowa and University of Georgia. His teaching and research program explores the relations between children's art and culture, play and performance studies, early childhood education, poststructural theory, and the use of qualitative research methodologies. Chris, who received his Ph.D. from Penn State in 2012, returns with his family, Jill Ann Schulte, a research assistant at Penn State’s Clearinghouse for Military Family, and two children, Sophia (4) and Liam (2).


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