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School of Advertising Faculty

Vincent Engel

Co-Director, School of Advertising

Vince Engel joined Academy of Art University in June 2008 as a part-time faculty member and has worked in advertising for nearly 20 years. He received his Bachelor's degree from Humboldt State University and has created work for brands such as American Express, Qantas, Nike, ESPN, Subaru, Miller Brewing Company, MTV, Ubisoft, Dr. Martens, and many more. He has received numerous awards, including two Gold Lions and two television Emmys for work done on ESPN's NCAA Basketball "Goulet" campaign.

Ellen Shakespeare

Co-Director, School of Advertising

Ellen Shakespeare is an accomplished freelance writer, and has worked with distinguished advertising agencies including The Bomb Factory, Goodby Silverstein, Cole & Weber, and Ogilvy & Mather for clients such as Rhino Records, Ford Motor Company, Samsung, and Avia. She conducted her undergraduate studies at Western Michigan University and Art Center College of Design where she received respectively her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, and received her Master of Arts degree in English from Kent State University. Prior to joining Academy of Art University, Ellen spent the last several years working as an Advertising Instructor at Art Center College of Design.

Mark Edwards

Associate Director of Copywriting, School of Advertising

Mark Edwards has been a successful, award-winning copywriter for more than 20 years. His work has been recognized in shows as diverse as The One Show, the Addys, and the Direct Marketing Association's Echo Awards. His work has appeared for some of the world's best-known brands including Aetna, AMD, Apple, Bank of New York, BMG Entertainment, Charles Schwab, Chase Manhattan Bank, DeBeers, Dove, Dunkin' Donuts, EMI Records, Harry Winston, Intuit, Lucent, Microsoft, Saab, Showtime, Sony, Starbucks, Sun Microsystems, Time Warner and Wells Fargo.

Thomas Fong

Online Director, School of Advertising

Thomas Fong graduated from Art Center College of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising. He has been a brand building art director and graphic designer at Hill, Holliday in Boston and kirshenbaum bond senecal + partners in NYC. He has created traditional print advertising, 360° integrated campaigns, graphics and packaging for clients such as Sony, Panasonic, BMW, Citibank, HBO, Starz, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Moët Hennessey, Disney, Polygram, Kenneth Cole, and Nike among other notable clientele.

Cameron Maddux

Associate Director of Account Planning, School of Advertising

An account planning superstar, Cameron's career has included stints at Haggin Marketing, JWT, and Slingshot. He received his BA in English from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and his MA in Advertising with a focus in Account Planning from the University of Texas, Austin. He has helped shape brands such as Verizon, Cellular One, Pizza Inn, Jack Daniel's, Starbucks, GM, The Department of State, The British Council, and many more.

Laura Lahti

Online Curriculum Coordinator, School of Advertising

Laura Lahti loves collaborating on progressive and integrated brands with those who believe in pushing clients and pulling crowds. A Communications graduate of Boston University, she was an experiential art director at several agencies in Boston, including Modernista! and Arnold Worldwide, before moving to San Francisco to start her freelance career. She has created work for Cadillac, Hummer, Project (RED), Ocean Spray, Keurig, and many more. She currently teaches and designs online advertising courses at Academy Art University.

Lance Anderson

Full-Time Faculty, School of Advertising

Lance Anderson is a designer, art director and principal of Lance Anderson Art Direction & Design. He’s designed identities, books, consumer products, print advertising and collateral for entertainment visionaries, museums, restaurants, wineries and biomedical giants. His work has received numerous awards and has appeared in publications such as Graphis, Novum and Idea magazine. If you’ve seen the poster of Indiana Jones Temple of Doom, THX Digital Sound Systems logo or the tap handle for Gordon Biersch Brewing, you’ve seen his work.  Lance joined the School of Advertising in Fall 2011.

James Wojtowicz

Associate Director of Art Direction & Industry Development, School of Advertising

James Wojtowicz has worked as an Art Director across several disciplines including advertising, feature films, interactive web development, and magazine publishing. He has developed branding campaigns alongside California lifestyle brand specialist Mike Salisbury as well as major advertising agencies including Chiat Day, Foote Cone and Belding, Public Interest, and Ogilvy & Mather. His client list includes Levi's, Volkswagen, Rollerblade, Los Angeles Angels, Quicksilver, The Bill Gates Foundation, Twentieth Century Fox, and others. Jim has lectured on the creative process at the Smithsonian/Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian design conference in NYC.