Cassandra Palmer has been appointed full-time instructor in the UA department of art and art history for the academic year 2019-2020. She will teach 2D Design (ART 130), Introduction to Graphic Design (ART 214) and Publication Design (ART 335). She will begin her new position August 16, 2019. Palmer has taught 2D and graphic design courses at the University of Mobile (Ala.); as visiting instructor at the University of Southern Mississippi; Westwood College of Technology and Meridian (Miss.) Community College, where she also served as program coordinator for Graphic Design Technology. At Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Palmer served as instructor and graphic designer and multi-media coordinator for nine campuses. She received the MFA in Communication Design from Texas State University in 2012. About her studio practice and work with clients, Palmer said, “I love designing pieces with a purpose, and have pure enthusiasm for each project. I enjoy ‘solving the design’ and believe that each client’s design should have a unique look and feel. It is important that each project has a personal touch that relates to the client – in the form of the style of the design, or adding a meaningful design element to the piece.” Palmer has won numerous public relations and design awards, including first, second and third place awards in the 2016 College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) and first and second place in the 2015 CPRAM awards; a silver Mississippi Gulf Coast Advertising Federation ADDY; a Medallion Awards Gold from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR); and a Southern Public Relations Federation: Award of Excellence. She is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Advertising Federation. For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in studio art and art history,go here: https://art.ua.edu/academics/.