New Faculty Members at CCAD Include Leaders in Animation, Illustration


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus College of Art & Design is pleased to announce the appointment of nine new full-time faculty members ahead of the fall 2017 semester.

“We’re thrilled to have so many talented faculty members joining the college,” CCAD President Melanie Corn said. “From award-winning illustrators to leaders in animation, design, and fine art, the new faculty members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the school.”

Here are the new faculty members: 

Maria Carluccio, Assistant Professor, Illustration
Maria Carluccio is an accomplished author/illustrator who has received multiple awards for her work from the New York Society of Illustrators and 3×3 magazine. Her children’s books have been published and reprinted in several languages throughout the world. Carluccio is also known for inspiring wall décor and gift products, having licensed her artwork to such companies as Hallmark Cards, Land of Nod, Pottery Barn Kids, Target, and teNeues.

Mike Compton, Assistant Professor, Master of Design and School of Design Arts
Mike Compton teaches in graduate design studies with a focus on methods and models for innovation management and research. In addition to being a founder at Alloy Research and Strategy, a brand consultancy in Columbus, Ohio, Compton has more than 20 years of senior-level consulting experience in strategy, research, marketing, product innovation, and brand building for such recognizable brands as P&G, Kraft, Disney, Mattel, and many others. Compton is committed to a forward-looking design education that prepares students with disciplines for solving commercial and civic challenges from a human perspective. He has a BFA in Communication Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA in New Projects from Columbus College of Art & Design. Compton regularly presents, publishes, and conducts workshops nationally and internationally.

Emi Gennis, Assistant Professor, Comics & Narrative Practice
Emi Gennis teaches comics, narrative practice, and illustration. She creates nonfiction comics and illustrated books, primarily on historical topics. Her work has been included in publications such as Bitch, The Hairpin, and The Nib, including two pieces reproduced in the Eisner-nominated anthology Eat More Comics: The Best of The Nib. In 2016, her autobiographical story Baseline Blvd was nominated for Slate's Cartoonist Studio Prize. She is also the editor of Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends, an anthology of nonfiction mystery comics. Gennis previously taught Illustration & Visual Storytelling at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. She earned a BA in Art History and Visual Art from the University of Chicago in 2008 and an MFA in Sequential Art from Savannah College of Art & Design in 2012.

Mercè Graell, Chair of Master of Design of Integrative Design
Mercè Graell is the Chair of CCAD’s Master of Design in Integrative Design program. Graell came to CCAD from Barcelona, where she worked as Strategic Design Director for the prestigious firm Designit and Coordinator of the Master in Design Management Research program at Istituto Europeo di Design. Graell earned an MFA in Design Education from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technical Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña. Graell has more than 25 years of experience creating design projects and more than 10 years of experience developing and implementing successful design methodologies centered around people — she has been a pioneer of co-creation in Spain. She has worked in industries including travel, finance, banking, retail, telecommunications, and health care, and on the academic side, has specialized in developing design curricula that focus on design thinking, design research, and design management.

Adam Kadar, Visiting Faculty, Film & Video
Adam Kadar teaches film & video production, visual narrative, and storyboarding. His professional teaching experience spans more than 15 years and includes a combination of digital video production, graphic design, photography, and computer-generated animation in digital media arts at the secondary and post-secondary levels, including at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has 10 years of video production experience working as a cinematographer, co-producer, editor, and grip on various films and commercials. Kadar’s own independent projects include experimental 3D animations screened at the Cleveland Museum of Art, IngenuityFest, and Reinberger Gallery; and short films that have screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland Independent Film Festival, and International Film Festival Ireland.

Aaron Petten, Assistant Professor, History of Art & Visual Culture
Aaron Petten is a moving image historian whose teaching and research spans a variety of phenomena within the broader history of art and design. He co-developed and collaboratively teaches the integrated studio/history course with the Animation department and also currently teaches the History of Modern to Contemporary Art and Design. While Petten’s research tends to concentrate on moving images — film, television, animation, and video installation — his work focuses on the ways in which those aesthetic practices intersect and coincide with past and present art movements, historical moments, and trends in popular culture. Petten is currently in the process of completing a book-length manuscript on the films and filmmaking of Harmony Korine. He is also working on a variety of article-length projects with topics ranging from American avant-garde filmmaking to European horror film. Petten earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (in Cinema Studies and Popular Culture) from Temple University in 1999, an MA in Film and Television Studies from the Universiteit van Amsterdam in 2000, and a PhD in Film Studies from the University of East London in 2012.

Tosha Stimage, Visiting Faculty, Fine Arts
Tosha Stimage is a multi-disciplinary artist who came to Columbus College of Art & Design from Oakland, California. Her work focuses on the structural and disambiguous nature of language and its relation to black identity. Her work employs coded messages to investigate the societal constructs of race and violence. She earned a BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design in 2011 and an MFA from California College of the Arts in 2016. She is a recipient of The Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, The Murphy & Cadogan Award, and Real Time and Space residency, and she is currently an AICAD Fellow.

Jeremy Stoll, Assistant Professor and Department Head, CORE Liberal Arts: Science and Social Science
Jeremy Stoll is a comics creator and scholar whose research focuses on community, creativity, and comics culture in India. He has a BA in Creative Writing and Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Folklore from Indiana University. Stoll's articles have appeared in the International Journal of Comic Art; Marg, A Magazine of the Arts; Cultures of Comics Work; and the Routledge Companion to Comics. He is currently completing work on an edited volume about comics (with Benjamin Woo) and a book manuscript about Delhi’s comics scene. He is committed to his storytelling practice as an editor, writer, and illustrator, and he has had pieces appear in DOGS! An Anthology, The Small Picture, and Denver Comix.

Nasheet Zaman, Visiting Faculty, Animation
Nasheet Zaman earned a BA in Computer Science and English followed by an MS in Computer Graphics from Cornell University. She worked for nearly a decade in Los Angeles and one year in Toronto, contracting as a Technical Director and Lighting/Compositing Artist at Sony Imageworks, Rhythm & Hues, Arc Productions, and Disney Animation. She has worked on films including Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, and Big Hero 6. She also co-directed an independent animated short film, One Per Person, which won awards at the Northeastern Ohio Film Festival, London International Filmmaker Festival, and California Women's Film Festival. Currently, she is working in a dual role as VFX Supervisor at Ohio Film Group and Visiting Faculty at Columbus College of Art & Design.



Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private art and design colleges in the United States, offering 12 undergraduate majors and two graduate programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit



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