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Faculty and Staff Profile

Erica Walker

Assistant Professor


Office: Tillman G-05
Phone: 864-656-6349
Email: EBLACK4@clemson.edu
Vita: https://goo.gl/G9HT9d
Personal Website: http://ignitecreatives.com
 

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction
Clemson University 2016

MS Graphic Communications
Clemson University 2005

BFA Film Production
University of Colorado, Boulder 2000

 Courses Taught

Graphic Communications 1040, Graphic Communications I
Graphic Communications 2400, Intermediate Web Design & Development
Graphic Communications 3400, Digital Imaging & eMedia
Graphic Communications 4510, Advanced Web Design & Development
Graphic Communications 4510, Entrepreneurship in the Graphic Communications Industries
Graphic Communications 4900, The Design and Entrepreneurship Network (The DEN)

 Profile

Erica Walker has a diverse background in visual communications which includes feature film production, web design & development, print buying, marketing, and graphic design for print. Her formal education includes a BFA in Film Production from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a MS in Graphic Communications from Clemson University. As a faculty member in the Department of Graphic Communications at Clemson University, Erica teaches courses in Photography, Video, and Web Development. In the last two years, she has also developed two new courses focused on entrepreneurship in the graphic communications industry. Her summer entrepreneurship course has quickly expanded to two full sections to accommodate growing student interest in this topic.

Prior to becoming a faculty member at Clemson University, Erica co-founded a film production company, Galatia Films, where she performed many roles including developing full marketing and distribution plans, creation and management of print and digital assets, and direction of diverse creative teams. Two of her larger projects with Galatia Films included planning and producing a documentary feature film and more than a dozen episodes of a television series for children. More recently, Erica formed Ignite Creatives to fulfill client requests for increasingly diverse marketing and media projects.

When not on in the classroom, Erica keeps her calendar full by speaking at conferences and workshops across the country on a variety of topics including software application, classroom research, the entrepreneurial mindset, game-based learning, color management, and marketing. One of her current research interests is the role of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs within the Graphic Communications industries and the impact of preparing graduates with the entrepreneurial mindset as they prepare to enter the industry.

Beginning the summer of 2013, Erica started working towards her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University. This program furthered her interests in being both a teacher and researcher. In the Fall of 2016, she successfully defended her dissertation titled- Opportunities for Innovation: Games-based Learning in Engineering Senior Design- and graduated in December of 2016.

 Research Interests

Current research projects include:
- entrepreneurship education
- color management across all media including digital devices
- the relationship of creative services within the print industry
- the impact of teaching methods on student learning of domain content and 21st Century Skills
- active learning, project-based learning, game-based learning

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