Bachelor of ArtsDesign, Arts and Technology

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Laura Hartford, M.F.A.

Laura Hartford, M.F.A., Associate Dean of the Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Professor of Art
Laura Hartford teaches photography and digital art and serves as an Associate Dean of the Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences. She has a background in fine art and commercial media production, including credits as an Associate Producer of video programs for Donna Lawrence Productions. She holds an M.F.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington and is the recipient of grants for art and teaching from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Society for Photographic Education, and the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Her work is included in both private and institutional collections at the University of Louisville Photographic Archives, the Kinsey Institute, the Preus Museum of Photography in Horten Norway, and the William Henry Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock, England, where she has also served as an artist in residence.



Shawn Apostel, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Instructional Technology Specialist

Shawn Apostel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Instructional Technology Specialist
Dr. Apostle has a B.A. in Journalism from Toccoa Falls College, an Professional Communication from Clemson University, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University. A graphic designer by trade, Dr. Apostel formerly served as the Communication Coordinator for the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity at Eastern Kentucky University from 2010-2013 and the Information and Graphics Specialist for the City of Toccoa from 2008-2010. Dr. Apostel's research interests include teaching with technology, applied creativity, digital ethos, e-waste reduction, and visual communication. He is chair of the Visual Rhetoric Panel for the South Atlantic Modern Language Association and serves as a reviewer for various journals and conferences. His work is published by IGI Global, CCDigital Press, Lexington Books, New Forums Press, and Computers and Composition Online. His co-edited book Online Credibility and Digital Ethos: Evaluating Computer-Mediated Communication was published by IGI Global in December, and his co-authored book Teaching Creative Thinking: A New Pedagogy for the 21st Century will be published by New Forums Press this Spring.



Dr. Michael D. Mattei

Michael D. Mattei, Ph.D., Professor in the Rubel School of Business
Dr. Mattei is a professor of management information systems in the Rubel School of Business. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Louisville and an MBA in finance from Indiana University-Bloomington. He has also served as Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Education, and Executive director of the Bellarmine Center for Interdisciplinary Technology & Entrepreneurship from 2004-2012. Dr. Mattei has been teaching information systems and entrepreneurship for 18 years. Prior to beginning a career in teaching, he was vice president of information technology at IMX, Inc. His 15 years of corporate experience includes work at Cincinnati Milacron, General Electric, and Brown & Williamson, where he served as manager of domestic and international marketing systems.



Angela MillerAngela D. Miller, Adjunct Faculty  Design, Arts, and Technology / Communications / Theatre
Faculty Advisor / Co-Coordinator of TEDxBellarmineU

B.S. Psychology, Xavier University; M.S. Forensic Science, San Diego;  M.C.A. Theatre (Directing), University of Tasmania, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Australia; M.S. Digital Media, Bellarmine University

Angela has worked at Bellarmine since 2009 and has experienced the good fortune of serving as both faculty and staff over the years. She has an eclectic background and holds three masters degrees with publications ranging from the Journal of Forensic Sciences to aired commercials on Southern Cross Television: ABC, Australia. She has participated in several conferences including the annual Drama Tasmania teacher conference and the Kentucky Communication Association conference. Her experiences range from assistant directing at The Old Globe Theatre to freelance work with private investigators to Artist in Residence opportunities in Australia. She is also an active member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Aside from freelance work and teaching at Bellarmine, Angela has been helping coordinate the TEDxBellarmineU annual conference since 2019. She will direct the occasional theatrical production or radio play but most of all she enjoys connecting students to local small businesses for internship and employment opportunities.

Miller’s undergraduate courses include: Arts Entrepreneurship & Technology, Multimedia Communication, Digital Portfolio, Media & Society, Public Speaking, Perspectives on Digital Media, and Acting.

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  • Zackary Ross, Ph.D.
  • Fine Arts & Communication Division Chair
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