Department of Art

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

LUCAS CHARLES, Associate Professor, MGD (2002), North Carolina State University [2022]

LORELEI H. CORCORAN, Director of Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology - IEAA, Professor, PhD (1988), The University of Chicago [2022]

HAMLETT DOBBINS, MFA, Instructor, University of Iowa [2023]

GARY GOLIGHTLY, Associate Professor, MFA (1995), The University of Memphis [2022]

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

RICHARD A. 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]

WILLIAM McKEOWN, Associate Professor, PhD (2005), Florida State University [2022]

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

MICHAEL R. SCHMIDT, Associate Professor, MGD, (1994), North Carolina State University [2026]

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

ADRIAN DURAN, Associate Professor, PhD (2008), University of Delaware [2027]



PATRICIA V. PODZORSKI, Associate Professor, PhD (1994), The University of California, Berkeley 

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

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

DAVID L. HORAN, Instructor, BLS (1994), Memphis State University 

LISA WILLIAMSON, Visiting Instructor, MFA & MPhil (2015 & 2017), Memphis College of Art & The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts 

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

LUCIENNE AUZ, Visiting Assistant Professor, PhD (2014), University of Washington, Seattle


HUDD BYARD, MFA (2014), University of Memphis [2024]



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