Faculty and Staff

KSU School of Art and Design office hours listed for full-time faculty are listed below.
Most faculty offices are in the Visual Arts building of the Kennesaw campus unless otherwise indicated.


MC=Marietta Campus
KC=Kennesaw Campus
    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Art History

      PhD, Emory University
      MA, University of Memphis
      BIS, Georgia State University
      BA, Georgia State University

      Email: fanthon2@kennesaw.edu

    • Part-time Assistant Professor | 2-D Design & 1107 (P/T)
      MFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
      BA, The Evergreen State College

      Email: lbell24@kennesaw.eduWebsite: www.laurabellstudio.com

      Biographical Information

      Laura Bell is an Atlanta artist working primarily in drawing, painting and printmaking. The images reference the natural world and the astonishing, often unsettling beauty found in natural phenomenon is explored through the use of hybrid, imaginary, and existent imagery. She was born and raised in Seattle, WA, received a BA degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and a an MFA in printmaking from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1999. As both a graduate student and an undergraduate, she studied in Italy, working at a printmaking atelier in Perugia, Italy in conjunction with artists Francesca Benucci and Jodi Sandford, as well as participating in a graduate art theory seminar in Rome. She has recently been awarded a studio at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. She has had solo exhibitions at the Kostuik Gallery, Pentimenti Gallery, Kiang Gallery, and the Ruby Green Center. Her work has been featured in Domino Magazine, New American Paintings vol 58, and Jezebel Magazine.

      She is represented by Kiang Gallery in Atlanta, the Jennifer Kostuik Gallery in Vancouver BC, and Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia. Recent exhibitions included a group shows at MOCA GA in Atlanta, at Clemson University in Clemson, SC, at Bentley Gallery in Phoenix and at the Swan Coach House in Atlanta. Her work can be seen at www.laurabellstudio.com and www.kostuikgallery.com.

    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Sequential Art

      MFA, SCAD
      BFA, State University of New York at Brockport
      BA, State University of New York at Brockport

      Email: tbiondol@kennesaw.edu

    • Professor of Art Education
      PhD, Florida State University

      MFA, Indiana University
      BA, Rollins College

      Email: sbird@kennesaw.edu
      Office Hours: VA232 | T & R 10 AM – 12 PM


    • Associate Professor of Art | Coordinator of Sequential Art and Illustration Concentrations
      MS, The Medical College of Georgia
      BA, The University of South Carolina at Aiken

      Email: cbrasco@kennesaw.edu
      Website: www.craigbrasco.com

      Office Hours: VA101D | M & W 12:30 – 1:30 PM; T & R 3:30 – 4:30 PM

    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Art | Drawing
      MFA, Brooklyn College
      BFA, University of New Mexico

      Email: mbrothe6@kennesaw.edu
      Website: www.marcbrotherton.com


    • Temporary Assistant Professor of  Art Education
      MAEd, University of Georgia
      BFA, University of Georgia

      Email: aburch4@kennesaw.edu

    • Limited Term Assistant Professor of Sculpture | Coordinator of Master Craftsman Program
      MFA, Sculpture, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta
      MA, Sculpture, Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta
      BFA, Sculpture, Georgia Southern University

      Email: pburch1@kennesaw.edu
      Phone: 470-578-5175
      Office: VA221


    • Assistant Professor of Art | Coordinator of the Ceramics Concentration
      MFA, Indiana University Bloomington
      BFA, University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Cum Laude

      Email: jcampan2@kennesaw.edu
      Website: jeffcampana.com

      Office: VA101D | T 12 - 4 PM


    • Assistant Professor of Digital  Animation
      MFA, Savannah College of Art
      MA, Savannah College of Art
      BFA, California State University

      Email: schamb37@kennesaw.edu

    • Associate Professor | Coordinator of Apparel and Textiles Technology
      MFA, SCAD
      BFA, SCAD

      Email: kclay10@kennesaw.edu
      Office: MC M120 | M 8 - 11 AM; R 8:30 - 9:30 AM

    • Lecturer of Studio Art
      MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology
      BS, Nazareth college of Rochester

      Email: dcolebec@kennesaw.edu
      Office Hours: MC Building I1 Room 202 | M 10 AM - 2 PM


    • Professor of Art | Coordinator of the Printmaking Concentration
      MFA, University of Florida
      BFA, Arizona State University

      Email: vdibble@kennesaw.edu
      Office Hours: VA230 | M & W 3:15 - 4:15 PM & T & R 8:30 - 9:30 AM


    • Assistant Professor of Art | Foundations Coordinator

      Email: jfishe51@kennesaw.edu
      Office Hours: VA226 | T & R 10:15 – 11:30 AM & 6:15 – 7 PM

    • Professor of Art Education
      PhD, Florida State University
      MA, Towson State University
      BA, Mary Washington College

      Email: rgarner@kennesaw.edu
      Office Hours: VA229 | M & W 3 - 5 p.m.


    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Art
      MFA, Georgia State University 
      BFA, Kennesaw State University

      Email: bmg4305@kennesaw.edu 

    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Art
      MFA, UGA
      MA, University of Mississippi
      BA, Baylor University

      Email: mgortemi@kennesaw.edu

    • Professor of Art Education
      MEd, Special Education, University of North Georgia
      PhD, Florida State University
      MS, Florida State University
      BFA, San Francisco Art Institute

      Email: dgregory@kennesaw.edu
      Office: MC R-2 326 | T & R 8:30 - 10:30 AM

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    • Associate Professor of Art | Coordinator of the Photography Concentration
      MFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
      BFA, University of Akron

      Email: mhaffner@kennesaw.edu
      Website: MattHaffner.com
      Office Hours: VA235 | T & R 11 AM – 12 PM & 6:30 – 7:30 PM


    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Art
      MFA, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
      BFA, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

      Christopher Hall is a mixed media artist and freelance writer residing in Atlanta, GA. Working in sound art, installation, drawing, painting, and just about anything that can be affixed to a canvas or board, his work balances the thin razor edge between the humor found through moments of absurdity and earnest, sincere reflections on the human condition. He has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, and was recently honored with representing the United States at the 8th International Painting Symposium in Torun, Poland.

      Email: chall161@kennesaw.edu
      Website: christopherhallart.com

    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Art
      MFA, San Francisco Art Institute
      BFA, University of North Carolina at Asheville

      Email: ehaslam@kennesaw.edu

    • Professor of Art (retired)
      EdD, University of Georgia
      MFA, Georgia State University
      BA, Columbus College

      Website: www.LinHightower.com

      Biographical Information

      Kennesaw State University professor Dr. Lin Hightower, holds a Master of Fine Arts in Textiles Arts and a Doctorate in Art Education and has served as an artist art product designer for low-income artisans in Turkey, Nepal, India, Thailand, Egypt, Morocco and Peru. Her product designs expand artisans' sales markets while preserving the indigenous art techniques and cultural heritage of the artisans. She also leads art and business workshops and trainings for the collectives' artisans and art communities, as well consulting on sustainable ecological practices. In 2013 she received a Fulbright Specialist Award with Mahasarakham University, Thailand to work on three initiatives: creative product design for low-income artisans, teach textile software to preserve historical patterns and design a textile museum space. Dr. Hightower was recently in a BBC documentary with Anarouz collective in Marrakech, Morocco. She has a long history of "Art for Positive Social Change" work that is interwoven into her teaching and research presentations and has published papers on this topic of engaging the arts to positively change lives economically, educationally and socially. Her KSU art students have designed 22 websites for nonprofits around the globe, which have gleaned the organizations' donations and supporters, such as two wells for Saboreswell.org in Kenya. She has received numerous awards to support her work in employing the arts to create a more equitable world community. Her CV, in-depth information about her accomplishments, work with art collectives, images of her art and design work and her students' website work can be found at www.LinHightower.com.

    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Art Education
      PhD, Alexandria University, Egypt

      MFA, Alexandria University, Egypt
      BA, Alexandria University, Egypt

      Email: mhussei3@kennesaw.edu

    • Lecturer of Art
      MFA, Georgia State University
      BFA, Georgia State University MA, Lehigh University
      BA, Arizona State University

      Email: dhutchi8@kennesaw.edu
      Office Hours: VA223A | T & R 1 - 3 PM


    • Associate Professor of Art
      MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology
      BA, San Diego State University

      Email: khwang@kennesaw.edu
      Office Hours: VA233 | M & W 10:30 - 12:30 PM

      Biographical Information

      Kristine Hwang is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Communication Program at Kennesaw State University and an award-winning graphic designer. Hwang has always prided herself on delivering cutting-edge and innovative graphic design. Hwang enjoys creating design concepts for better communication using the most current technology. Her passion is teaching and sharing her experiences and knowledge with students. Her working experiences at Eastman Kodak and several web site and design consulting companies as well as her educational background (BA in Graphic Design at San Diego State University and MFA in Computer Graphics Design at Rochester Institute of Technology) all bring all excitement and practical assets to the classroom. Hwang also loves working on projects for non-profit organizations and pro-bono projects because she strongly believes that her creative graphic and multimedia design can influence and improve our daily lives and our society. Her current research interest is in the sustainability (broadly defined).

    • Associate Professor of Art Education | Coordinator of Art Education

      Email: lkastell@kennesaw.edu
      Office Hours: VA223A | M 4 - 6 PM

    • Assistant Professor of Art History

      Email: pkierna1@kennesaw.edu
      Office Hours: VA101A | T & R 11 AM - 12:20 PM & 4;45 - 6 PM

    • Part-time Instructor of Apparel and Textiles
      MFA, SCAD

      BS, UGA

      Email: cgh1619@kennesaw.edu

    • Part-time Professor of Art

      MFA, University of Georgia
      BA, Mount Holyoke College

      Email: clollis1@kennesaw.edu

    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Art
      MFA, Georgia State University
      BFA, Kennesaw State University
      BS, Kennesaw State University

      Email: klord@kennesaw.edu


    • Part-time Assistant Lecturer
      BFA, Savannah College of Art

      Email: smacquin@kennesaw.edu

    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Art
      MFA, Savannah College of Art
      BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University

      Email: cmalon19@kennesaw.edu

    • Professor of Art | Coordinator of the Graphic Communications Concentration
      MFA, Howard University 
      BFA, Howard University

      Email: cmaugele@kennesaw.edu
      Office Hours: VA238 | M & W 9 - 11 AM


    • Associate Professor of Art History
      PhD, Emory University
      BA, Duke University

      Email: dmcclin1@kennesaw.edu
      Office: WB219 | T 2:30 - 5:30 PM & R 9:30 - 10:30 AM


    • Assistant Director | Associate Professor of Art Education
      PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
      MA, University of Kentucky
      BA, University of Kentucky

      Email: amunson1@kennesaw.edu
      Phone: 470-578-6138
      Office Hours: VA227 | T 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Art

      MFA, Savannah College of Art
      BA, Guilford College

      Email: snathan3@kennesaw.edu

    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Apparel Textile Technology

      MFA, University of Georgia
      BFA, Georgia State University
      BA, Sarah Lawrence College

      Email: jnorry@kennesaw.edu

    • Professor of Art (retired)
      MFA, Howard University
      BFA, Howard University

      Email: aodeleye@kennesaw.edu
      Office Hours: VA228 | M & W 12:30 – 1:30 PM & 9:30 – 10:30 PM


    • Limited Term Assistant Professor of Art
      MFA, Sculpture, University of Minnesota
      BFA, Painting, Birmingham-Southern College

      Email: apeter68@kennesaw.edu

    • Assistant Professor and Director of Curatorial Affairs, Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art
      PhD, University of Georgia
      MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
      BFA, University of Georgia, Athens

      Email: treeve11@kennesaw.edu
      Office: LeoDelle Lassiter Jolley Collection Research Center, Zuckerman Museum of Art | by appointment


    • Professor of Art
      MFA, University of Georgia JD, Albany Law School
      BA, Siena College

      Email: jremilla@kennesaw.edu
      Website: www.joeremillard.com

      Office: VA236 | T & R 8:30 – 9:30 AM & 11 – 12:15 PM


    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Art | Printmaking
      MFA, Printmaking, The Ohio State University
      BFA, Studio Art, University of Texas at Austin

      Email: greynos2@kennesaw.edu

    • Associate Professor  of Art 
      MFA, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
      BFA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

      Email: drobson1@kennesaw.edu
      Office: VA231 | T & R 8 - 9 AM & 12:30 - 1:30 PM 


    • Associate Professor of Art History
      PhD, Case Western Reserve University
      MA, Hunter College, City University of New York
      BA, State University of New York, Stony Brook

      Email: dsachs@kennesaw.edu
      Office Hours: VA237 | T & R 8  - 9:15 AM & 11 AM - 12:15 PM


    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Art
      MFA, SCAD

      BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University

      Email: sschaef3@kennesaw.edu

    • Professor of Art
      MFA, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
      BFA, Georgia State University

      Email: rsherer@kennesaw.edu
      Website: www.robertsherer.com

      Office: VA239 | M & W 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM


    • Director and Professor of Art
      MFA, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
      BFA, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

      Email: gsipp@kennesaw.edu
      Website: GeoSipp.com
      Facebook | Instagram

      Phone: 470-578-6139
      Office: VA202 | by appointment


    • Assistant Professor of Art | Coordinator of Sculpture Concentration
      MFA, University of Florida
      BS, Morgan State University

      Email: ksmith1@kennesaw.edu
      Office Hours: VA234 | T & R 12:20 - 2:20 PM

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    • Associate Professor of Art History
      PhD, Emory University
      MA, Emory University
      BA Honors, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
      BA, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

      Email: jsteph55@kennesaw.edu
      Office Hours: VA101B | M & W 9 - 11 AM


    • Part-Time Assistant Professor of Art
      MFA 18 semester hours, Illustration, Academy of Art University
      MFA, Sculpture, Georgia State University
      BFA, Sculpture, Auburn University 

      Email: kthames@kennesaw.edu

    • Professor of Art History
      PhD, University of Texas at Austin
      MA, Southern Methodist University
      BFA, North Texas State University

      Email: jthom205@kennesaw.edu
      Phone: 470-578-7963
      Office Hours: VA101C | M & W 2:30 - 3:30 PM; T 1 - 3 PM


    • Part-Time Assistant Professor of Art
      MFA, Academy of Arts University, San Francisco
      BFA, Kennesaw State University

      Email: btt4851@kennesaw.edu

    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Art
      MFA, SCAD

      BFA, UGA

      Email: stwiddy@kennesaw.edu

    • Part-time Instructor of Art
      MA, SCAD

      BS, Universidad Gabriela Mistral
      BFA, The Art Institute of Atlanta

      Email: athoma@kennesaw.edu

    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Art Education
      MS, State University of New York College at Buffalo 
      BS, State University of New York College at Buffalo

      Email: jwachtma@kennesaw.edu

      Biographical Information

      Jeanette Wachtman for over thirty years has been an art educator, artist and author.  She received her degrees in Art Education from State University College at Buffalo and participated in a Cultural Educational Program in Siena, Italy. After teaching 27 years in the public sector, she retired and continues teaching part time in the area of Art Education for Kennesaw State University and Georgia State University in the Atlanta Georgia area.

      Wachtman received Georgia Council of the Arts Grant, a co-authored effort in 2007, and was listed in Marquis Who’s Who of American Women in the2007 Edition.  She has been the recipient of the Southeastern Elementary Art Educator Award 1999 from the National Art Education Association, and Georgia’s Elementary Art Educator of the Year in 1997-98 awarded by Georgia’s Art Education Association. She was selected Teacher of the Year 1996-97 for Bryant Elementary School, Mableton, Georgia, and received the Outstanding Continuing Educator Award 1993 from Kennesaw State University Continuing Education Department.

      Wachtman has presented workshops and lectures held at international, national and state art educational conferences; for university art education students; and classroom teachers since 1982.  She visited Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea and delivered lectures to Art Education students and an art lesson at Seongdong Youth Center in 2010.  In 2009, Wachtman’s lecture on Community-based Arts Program was presented at the 4th International Arts in Society Conference, in Venice, Italy.

      Some presentations include Designing Thematic Curriculum, Art Advocacy Program, and Mentoring and Beyond.  Her thematic cultural arts program on the culture of Turkey, Land of the Sultans was designed and implemented on the elementary level. Her contribution for the Year of Turkey class module, The History and Art of Turkey was implemented in KSU’s classes ART 1107 and ARED 4410 Curriculum and Assessment in Art.  In 2006, with a co-presenter, Trekking from Turkey to the Classroom, was presented at the Georgia Art Education Association Conference, Valdosta, GA.  In 2008, she presented at the 7th Annual Georgia Consortium for International Studies Symposium held at Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston, GA.  She presented her art education curriculum on the culture of China after experiencing the seminar trip to Seoul, South Korea, and China in 2007. 

      As an artist, Wachtman has exhibited in regional and one-woman shows and received awards in juried competition since 1977.  As a result of her 2005 tour of Turkey, she presented a photographic exhibit, Windows of Change-a visual narrative of Turkey, at the Istanbul Center for Culture and Dialogue, Norcross, GA and at The Art Station-Big Shanty, Marietta GA in 2006-07.  Her photographs from Turkey were viewed in The Art Place Gallery exhibit, Art of the Art Teacher, Marietta, GA, and in the Institute For Global Initiatives gallery promoting KSU’s Year of Turkey.

      Ms. Wachtman is the author of three books published by her company RaJean & Company, Artists, Elements, and Principles of Art, a yearlong thematic art curriculum, and The How of It - A Cultural Program Resource Guide, which illustrates innovative educational tools for designing a thematic cultural program.  She co-authored Rhythm-ongsThe History of Art - The Artists in History, which incorporates brain-based teaching strategies when teaching art history units at the elementary level.

      As a board member of Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA), Wachtman chaired the Youth Art Month State Capitol Art Exhibit for five years, and was GAEA’s Elementary Division chair for two years.  She co-chaired GAEA’s Capitol Gallery Art Exhibit, Office of the Governor for four years, and was Georgia’s Commission on Woman, Art Advocacy Representative in 2000.

    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Art

      MFA, Academy of Art University
      BVA, GSU
      BFA, Art Center College of Design

      Email: gweiss1@kennesaw.edu

    • Part-time Assistant Professor of Art

      MFA, University of Colorado at Boulder
      BFA, Kennesaw State University

      Email: jwelsh1@kennesaw.edu

    • Part Time Assistant Professor of Art History

      Email: lwingfi1@kennesaw.edu


  • Craig Brasco – Coordinator of the Sequential Art and Illustration Concentrations     

    Page Burch – Master Craftsman Coordinator 

    Jeff Campana – Coordinator of the Ceramics Concentration   

    Sandee Chamberlain – Digital Animation Coordinator

    Valerie Dibble – Coordinator of the Printmaking Concentration  

    Jonathan Fisher – Foundations Coordinator

    Matt Haffner – Coordinator of the Photography Concentration

    Lisa Kastello – Interim Coordinator of Art Education and MAT Teaching Art

    Carole Maugé-Lewis – Coordinator of the Graphic Communications Concentration

    Don Robson – Coordinator of the Painting and Drawing Concentration

    Keith Smith – Coordinator of the Sculpture Concentration
    TBD, Fall 2019 – Art History Coordinator

    • Retired Director of Galleries Associate Professor of Art Emerita
      BEd, University of Miami
      MA, University of Miami

      Email: rgriffin@kennesaw.edu

      Biographical Information

      Roberta Griffin retired in August 2006, after twenty-three years as an art faculty member and Director of Galleries. She arrived at KSU in 1983 during a time of transition, when the institution had moved from a junior college to a prominent four-year undergraduate school. There were 4,400 students and no art major. Ms. Griffin worked to develop the first art major and introduced many new art courses that contributed to the growth of the undergraduate visual arts program. She has curated more than 100 major exhibitions, many with award winning catalogues and educational brochures. The KSU gallery program regularly receives favorable coverage in regional publications.

      She was one of the founders of the country study program, "The Year of........" in 1984 and organized a major art exhibition each year that focused on the art of the country selected, often teaching new art history courses for that particular country as well. She taught in "Summer Studies Abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico" for five years and has curated many Latin American exhibitions. Ms. Griffin co-founded the Latin American Art Circle with a group of Latino artists in 2001 and organized LAAC exhibitions in the Sturgis Library Gallery in 2002, 2004, and 2006.

      As gallery director, she was responsible for the donation of over 200 contemporary works of art valued at two million dollars to the university's permanent collection, and created a master plan for a sculpture park and gardens on campus through the ongoing project, "Sculpture on the Grounds." The university currently displays twenty-six works outdoors, with more under development. She worked with the KSU Foundation, architects, and the College of the Arts to develop plans for the new art museum. The first phase of the museum, adjacent to the performance hall, will open next year. In retirement, she continues to work with community arts patrons to increase KSU's permanent art collection and raise awareness of the high quality of the visual arts program.

      "What I enjoy most about the art program here at KSU is its ability to grow, the exciting students, dedicated faculty, and the university itself for being so supportive of having a strong gallery and art program," Griffin said. "Throughout my career here, it was really nice to see growth occur and be a part of it. I have learned as much from my students and faculty colleagues as I hope they may have learned from me, not just about teaching but about becoming a complete human being." (KSU News, Aubrey Hall, 9/6/06.)

      She was the recipient of the Governor's Award for Outstanding Georgia Woman in Art in 1997 and the KSU Distinguished Service Award in 2001. Ms. Griffin exhibits her work regionally, and her art is in the permanent collections of several museums and numerous corporate and private collections. The Sturgis Library Gallery showed a thirty year retrospective of her paintings, drawings and prints from June 7-July 26, 2006. "Transmutations: The Art of Roberta Griffin" received wide recognition in the Atlanta press. She plans to teach several art courses each year as well as to continue to develop and exhibit her own work.

    • Associate Professor Emerita
      MA, Syracuse University
      BS, Kent State University

      Educational Philosophy

      Graphic Design is a powerful and fully-engaging discipline. Graphic design takes a highly-motivated, disciplined and independent thinker who looks within the problem to find the right solution. In the classroom, Jeanne Sperry encourage students to be effective problem-solvers first, and to reach for higher levels of achievement, commitment and responsibility, and to make things of value.

      With a strong emphasis on service-learning, her classroom becomes a real world experience which makes a significant contribution to help clients within the university and surrounding community, while giving the student a high level of responsibility and reward.

      Her focus in the classroom is on building a strong foundation of graphic design principles and problem-solving skills, with a focus on building a strategy plan, effective research, and a high level of technical skill. She not only practices this in her own graphic design firm, but stresses this in the classroom, as well.