Department of Art and Design

The University bestows the designation "Graduate Faculty" upon faculty following review of their credentials and recommendation by their colleagues. The University maintains three levels of graduate faculty: (1) Full, (2) Associate, and (3) External.

Only Full graduate faculty members may chair doctoral committees. Full or Associate graduate faculty may chair master's committees. Only one external graduate faculty member may serve as a voting member on any master's or doctoral committee.


BRYNA BOBICK, Professor, EdD (2008), University of Georgia [2027]

LORELEI CORCORAN, Director of Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology - IEAA, Professor, PhD (1988), The University of Chicago [2028]

HAMLETT DOBBINS, MFA, Visiting Assistant Professor, MFA (2018), University of Iowa [2023]

EARNESTINE JENKINS, Professor, PhD (1997), Michigan State University [2026]

RICHARD LOU, Professor, MFA (1986), Clemson University [2027]

LESLIE LUEBBERS, Assistant Professor and Director, Art Museum of the University of Memphis, PhD (2001), New York University [2026]

KATE ROBERTS, Assistant Professor, MFA (2015) Alfred University [2024]

MICHAEL SCHMIDT, Associate Professor, PhD, (2019), University of Memphis [2026]

JED JACKSON, Professor, MFA (1980), Cornell University [2025]



LUCAS CHARLES, Professor, MGD (2002), North Carolina State University

GARY GOLIGHTLY, Professor, MFA (1995), University of Memphis  

LAURAL HACKLEY, Assistant Professor of Practice, PhD (2020), Brown University 

KELSEY HARRISON , Assistant Professor, MFA (2017), School of Art Institute Chicage 

DAVID HORAN, Associate Professor of Practice, BLS (1994), Memphis State University

REBECCA HOWARD, Assistant Professor, PhD (2017), The Ohio State University 

COE LAPOSSY, Assistant Professor, MFA (2013), Tufts University 

ROMONA SONIN LEE, Associate Professor of Practice, MFA (1998), University of Memphis 

MATTHEW LEMMOND, Assistant Professor, MGD (2019), North Carolina State University 

WILLIAM MCKENOWN, Associate Professor, PhD (2005), Flordia State University 

DEEPANJAN MUKHOPADHYAY, Assistant Professsor, MFA (2018), University of Georgia   

YANGBIN PARK, Assistant Professor, MFA, (2013), Temple University  

JOSHUA ROBERSON, Associate Professor, PhD (2007), University of Pennsylvania 

LISA WILLIAMSON, Visiting Professor, PhD (2022),  Institute for Doctoral Studies inf the Visual Arts 


DONALD H. HOLLY, PhD (2002), Brown University [2026]



NOTE: Expiration date of graduate faculty membership is indicated in brackets (used for Full and External).