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Jackson leading digital media program at D&E

Jackson

ELKINS — Alumna Macy Jackson ’09 has been appointed instructor of digital media at Davis & Elkins College. Jackson stepped into the role after serving as an adjunct instructor in creative arts and education at the College for the past four years.

The fall semester ushered in the College’s new minor in digital media within the Division of Creative Arts, a program Jackson leads in addition to instructing various design courses. Students learn and explore their creativity in the newly remodeled Mac lab in the lower level of Myles Center for the Arts. A gift from friends of the College Doug and Gay Lane provided for updates to the classroom and purchase of state-of-the-art equipment.

“Professor (Michael) Doig and I knew this digital media minor could provide our students with a competitive advantage in visual, interactive and digital design and communication for a variety of career fields,” Jackson said. “The adoption of the digital media minor and the renovation of the Mac lab sends a message to all D&E stakeholders that the College is dedicated to ‘leading the way’ by preparing students for the tech-driven Imagination Age upon us. This dedication to students makes me proud to be a Senator and eager to grow this program.”

The courses allow students to prepare for careers as design professionals through the study of digital and print design, video production, illustration, animation, visual branding, 3D design, apparel design, geographic information systems, digital storytelling and web page publishing.

Jackson brings to the program a variety of skills including digital art, graphic design and knowledge of multiple technology platforms.

At D&E, she has taught digital media, digital photography and education technology since 2016. She also has worked as an instructor at the Randolph Technical Center where she taught coding, app and game design and digital art, among other business-related courses. In addition, Jackson has served as an educator panelist for the Educational Testing Service and a freelance graphic designer.

Jackson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business education from D&E and a Master of Education in digital media, new literacies and learning from Fairmont State University.

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