Denise Anderson

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My career as a design educator is rooted in the extensive practical experience I gained as the owner of an award-winning design studio, and as director of an in-house creative department of a financial services firm. Since joining the Michael Graves College, Kean University faculty in 2013, I have focused my research and teaching on bridging the gap between design education and professional practice, to ensure that students are equipped to achieve their career goals. At the heart of my scholarly activities are two essential focal points: graphic design portfolio development—developing projects that reflect the skills and passions of students, and design entrepreneurship—mentoring students to bring their creative ideas to fruition. As an educator, researcher, and mentor, I am passionately committed to my students’ aspirations—empowering their pursuit of design research, providing feedback on their projects, and instilling the confidence they need to flourish in whatever career path they choose.