Education

2019
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology | University of Maryland, College Park
Emphasis in social psychology and social inequality & mobility

2003
Master of Fine Arts in two-dimensional design | Cranbrook Academy of Art. Bloomfield Hills, MI
Emphasis in visual storytelling

1993
Bachelor of Journalism | Concentration in magazine design and editing. University of Missouri-Columbia
Concentration in magazine design and editing. Minor in Women’s Studies

Academic Experience

2013–2020
Associate Professor and Graphic Design Program Director | Department of Art, University of Maryland, College Park
Full-time, tenured appointment. Included teaching courses in the graphic design curriculum and engagement with the fine art MFA program. Courses taught include typography, motion design, three-dimensional design, and social impact design. Program Director duties include recruitment, advising, donor stewardship, event planning, grant writing, lab management, and program promotion.

2019-2020
Social Design Research Fellow |  Lab for Applied Social Science Research (LASSR), Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park
Appointment included interacting with Critical Race Initiative program and conducting design research for LASSR.

2007–2013
Assistant Professor | Department of Art, University of Maryland, College Park
Full-time, tenure-track appointment. Included teaching courses across the graphic design curriculum and engagement with the fine art MFA program. The position included rewriting the graphic design curriculum. Courses taught include 2D foundations studio, typography, motion design, Adobe Creative Suite software, and three-dimensional design.

2003–2007
Assistant Professor | Department of Art & Art History, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Full-time, tenure-track appointment. Included teaching courses across the undergraduate graphic design program. Courses taught include beginning and intermediate graphic design, typography, and multimedia productions. Position included curriculum development and outreach.

Writing

2021
Buck-Coleman, Audra, Rashawn Ray. Hate on Campus: How Racism, Liberalism, and the Rise of White Supremacy Shape College Students’ Identities. Under contract with Taylor & Francis Group

Buck-Coleman, Audra, Rashawn Ray. “Envisioning Equity And Inclusion Through Art” in Confronting Critical Equity and Inclusion Incidents on Campus: Lessons Learned and Emerging Practices. Hannah Oliha-Donaldson, editor. Routledge Press

2020
Buck-Coleman, Audra, Cheryl Fogle-Hatch, Robin Marquis. “Bearing witness to the ableism embedded within the pandemic” for The Bahá’í Chair for World Peace on Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic series

2019
A. Buck-Coleman, Liese Zahabi. “Case Study: Open Brief” in The Graphic Design Process: How To Be Successful In Design School by Anitra Nottingham and Jeremy Stout. Bloomsbury Press

2018
A. Buck-Coleman. Anger, profanity and hatred: Posters at the Women’s March” for Winter issue of Contexts, published by the American Sociological Association

2016
A. Buck-Coleman. “Building Assessment in Social Design Assignments” in Developing Citizen Designers. E. Resnick, editor. Bloomsbury Press

Presentations

2018
Invited speaker | “More than a pretty picture: The potential for art and design to create positive social change” for The Bahá’í Chair for World Peace lecture series at UMD.

Presentation | Buck-Coleman, Audra, Naliyah Kaya. “Using Collaborative Art Making to Express Baltimore Uprising Counternarratives.” Eastern Sociological Society annual conference. Baltimore, MD

Workshop | Buck-Coleman, Audra. “But how will you pay for it? Finding money to make.” AIGA Design Education Conference [Make]. Indianapolis,  IN

Poster Presentation | Buck-Coleman, Audra. “Should you undertake a social impact design project?” AIGA Design Education Conference Decipher. Ann Arbor, MI

2017
Invited speaker | Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit event at The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

Presentation | Buck-Coleman, Audra, Liese Zahabi. “Engaging Multiplicity: A multimodal approach to teaching typographic history” College Art Association 105th Annual Conference. New York, NY

Presentation | Buck-Coleman, Audra. “But what did it do? Incorporating assessment measures into social justice curriculum.” College Art Association 105th Annual Conference. New York, NY

Presentation | Buck-Coleman, Audra. “Addressing Racial Disparity in Design Education” Design Incubation Colloquium at Parsons, the New School. New York, NY

Presentation | Buck-Coleman, Audra. “The Uprising: Giving voice to inner city youth.” American Alliance of Museums conference. St. Louis, MO

Awards

2018
Selected as UMD Elevate Teaching Fellow

2017
Awarded Design Incubation top award for Teaching

Awarded runner-up for Core77 Design Award in the Professional category of Design Education Initiatives. Also awarded Community Choice award for this category

2011
Awarded Core77 Design Award in the Professional category of Design Education Initiatives

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