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.


FRED C. ALBERTSON, Professor, PhD (1980), Bryn Mawr College [2025]

BRYNA BOBICK, Associate Professor, EdD (2008), University of Georgia [2020]

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

CORIANA CLOSE, Assistant Professor, MFA (2011), University of Arizona [2021]

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]

ELIZABETH I. EDWARDS, Professor, MFA (1987), Indiana University [2025]

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 [2020]

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

PETER MEJIA, Visiting Assistant Professor, MFA (2018), Indiana University Bloomington [2024]

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

GREELY MYATT, Professor, MFA (1980), The University of Mississippi [2023]

CEDAR NORDBYE, Associate Professor, MFA (1998), The University of Iowa [2023]

TODD MARLIN RICHARDSON, Associate Professor, PhD (2007), Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands [2019]

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

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

NIGEL STRUDWICK, PhD (1983), Liverpool University [2019]

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


PATRICIA L. DAIGLE, Visiting Assistant Professor, PhD (2015), University of California, Santa Barbara [2021]

PATRICIA V. PODZORSKI, Associate Professor, PhD (1994), The University of California, Berkeley [2022]

JOSHUA ROBERSON, Assistant Professor PhD (2007), University of Pennsylvania [2021]

VIRGINIA SOLOMON, Assistant Professor, PhD (2013), University of Southern California [2021]

REBECCA HOWARD, Visiting Assistant Professor, PhD (2017), The Ohio State University [2025]


PETER HOFFECKER MEJIA, Indiana University Bloomington [2021]



DAVID L. HORAN, Instructor, BLS (1994), Memphis State University [2020]

LISA WILLIAMSON, Visiting Instructor, MFA & MPhil (2015 & 2017), Memphis College of Art & The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts [2022]

NOTE: Expiration date of graduate faculty membership is indicated in brackets.

*Adjunct teaching only status no longer requires the submission of the Graduate Faculty Status application.*