Dr. Brenda S. Faison

Dr. Faison brings familiarity with teaching and management in higher education.


Dr. Faison is a proponent of internship and cooperative education experiences, study/travel abroad involvement, project driven opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom, entrepreneurship, knowing the history of the selected discipline, and understanding the elements and principles of design that form the foundation of art.

Within the profession, Dr. Faison worked as an Associate Graphic Designer for several years with IBM Corporation in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; and Manassas, Virginia. She later started her own design firm, Designbase Associates, Inc., which she operated for seven years near Research Triangle Park, NC, before returning to her doctoral studies. Among her clients at Designbase were GTE, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM Corporation, NorTel, U.S. Army Research Office, and Duke University, to name a few. The firm also developed and produced a series of art and social commentary posters, which were marketed to individuals, schools, corporations, and military bases; as well as state and federal agencies.

She views design as a focused, methodical, and artistic activity saying, “design is purposeful in that designers give form to products and visual communications, and satisfy the functional, psychological, and aesthetic needs of end users. It is systematic, in that it involves the analysis of problems in our physical environment, and the transformation of findings into appropriate and usable solutions. Design is also creative, in that designers must have the expertise to create compelling visual forms for products, spaces, and new media—and to advance the evolution of new technologies.”

View Dr. Faison's work at http://bfaison.wixsite.com/design.


  • THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) in association with the Department of Art Education. Major: Art Education with a concentration in Computer Graphics in the Visual Arts and Design; Columbus, Ohio.
  • NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, Master of Product Design (M.P.D.): College of Design. Major: Visual Design, Raleigh, NC.
  • NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.): College of Arts and Sciences. Major: Visual Communication Design, Durham, NC.

Research Interests

  • IBM Watson University Program
  • New Media Careers for Artists and Designers
  • Women in Technology
  • Graphic Design History: The African American Creative Designer/Director


Dr. Faison's professional career includes corporate, entrepreneurial, and academic competences. She has taught graphic design and new media at universities in Ohio, Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina. She gained corporate design experience at IBM, seven years of academic management experience in higher education, and seven years of business management experience in her own design firm. Her most recent related appointments were:

NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY 2006 – 2016 (ACADEMIC MANAGEMENT and Education) Chair: Department of Graphic Design Technology | Director: Visual Arts Program

Chair: Department of Visual and Performing Arts | 2004–2006.

Associate Professor | School of Mass Communications | 2000–2004.

Activities and Honors

  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, The Ohio State University Chapter.
  • Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, The Ohio State University Chapter.
  • Exemplary Teaching and Service Award, North Carolina Central University.

Recent Publications

Abernathy, Sherry F., Agrawal, Rajeev K., Exner, Nina, Faison, Brenda S., Sowells, Evelyn R. (2015); “Women Advancing in Technology,” American Society of Engineering Education.

Recent Presentations

  • Speaker and Moderator, School of Technology, Women In Technology Panel Discussion, Academic Auditorium, NC A&T State University, 2015.
  • Speaker and Moderator, School of Technology, Women In Technology Panel Discussion, Academic Auditorium, NC A&T State University, 2014.

Recent Exhibitions

  • Alumni Exhibition, NCCU Museum's 75th Anniversary: Nov. 2, 2014 - December 12, 2014.
  • The African American Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2010.
  • Fire House Plaza Art Gallery, Long Island, New York, 2010.

Brenda Faison
Dr. Brenda S. Faison
Professor and Chair, Art Department; Director, Arthur Rose Museum
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