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Faculty and Staff Profile

Erica Black Walker

Assistant Professor

Office: Tillman G-05
Phone: 864-656-3654
Personal Website:

 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)
Graphic Communications 4900, Digital Media Design || Role: Instructional Designer
Graphic Communications 4900, Film and Video in the Digital Age || Role: Instructional Designer
Graphic Communications 4900, All Things Front End: UX || Role: Instructional Designer


Dr. Erica Walker has a diverse background in visual communications which includes feature film production, web design & development, print buying, marketing, and graphic design. As a faculty member in the Department of Graphic Communications at Clemson University, Dr. Walker teaches courses in Photography, Video, Web Development, and Entrepreneurship.

Prior to becoming a faculty member at Clemson University, Dr. Walker co-founded a film production company, Galatia Films. Two of her larger projects with Galatia Films, as a producer and cinematographer, included a feature length documentary film and an educational television series for children.

Outside the classroom, Dr. Walker speaks at conferences across the country on topics including classroom and industry implementation of Adobe applications, curriculum development, mixed methods classroom research, the entrepreneurial mindset, game-based learning, color management, branding, and social marketing.

Her current research focuses on the consistency of brand colors across various video inputs on large format screens at live sporting events and classroom research where she works as an instructional designer in partnership with industry-expert, adjunct lecturers.

 Research Interests

Current research projects include:
- The impact of partnering an industry-expert adjunct instructor with an academic instructional designer to supplement departmental curriculum and better prepare students with epistemic frames and 21st century skills for career success
- An artificial intelligence solution to better control viewer experience of brand-accurate colors on jumbotron displays during live sporting events
- Impact of teaching methods including game-based learning and project-based learning on student learning of both course content and 21st Century Skills
- Developing and testing the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary approach to increase student’s ability to produce and discern accuracy of science communication

 Research Publications

Walker, E.B., Boyer, D.M., “Scaffolding the early teaching experience of industry expert adjuncts entering the higher education classroom” (In review). College Teaching.

Boyer, D.M., Walker, E.B., “The Impact of Industry Expert Adjuncts on Students’ Course Experiences” (In Review). International Journal of Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (IJITLHE).

Walker, E.B., Edlein, S., “Teaching like a master: Implementing the cognitive apprenticeship framework in graphic communications laboratory assignments” (2019). Visual Communications Journal.

Walker, E.B., Przestrzelski, B., DesJardins, J.D., “Re-Designing the Senior Design Classroom
Experience with Game-Based Learning” (2019). Advances in Engineering Education.

Conti, B. for Walker, E.B., “Are You for the Orange Team or the Red Team?: An exploratory study on displaying brand colors on large format LED screens at live sporting events” (2019). Visual Communications Journal, student submission.

Walker, E.B., Boyer, D.M., & Benson L.C., “Using Studio Design to Support Cognitive Apprenticeship and Epistemic Change in the Engineering Classroom” (2019). IEEE Transactions on Education Special Issue.

Walker, E.B., Boyer, D.M., “Research as storytelling: The use of video for mixed methods research” (2018). Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy.

Walker, Erica B., "Opportunities for Innovation: Game-based Learning in an Engineering Senior Design Course" (2017). All Dissertations. 1805.

Walker, E.B., (2017) The Value of In-house Creative Services in a Printing Company. Printing Industries of America (PIA).

Walker, E.B., (2016) Sometimes comedy is just the thing: Taking business lessons from improv. What They Think?: Market Intelligence for Printing and Publishing.

Walker, E.B., (2016) Commercial Printing Company Investment in Creative Services. What They Think?: Market Intelligence for Printing and Publishing.

Walker, E.B., (2016) Creative Services: The case for adding them to the printer’s toolbox. PIA: The Magazine.

Walker, E.B., Edlein, S.A., & Barrett, D.E, (2015) Buying W2P: What Happened to My Color? Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) Journal.

Walker, E.B., Edlein, S.A., & Barrett, D.E, (2015) White Paper: Buying From Web2Print Storefronts: Color Managed or Caveat Emptor? Printing Industries of America.


Dissertation website