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Director of Liberal Arts and Graduate Liberal Arts
Eileen Everett has been with Academy of Art University since 1999 and has been the Director of the Liberal Arts Department since 2003. Eileen earned her BA in Art History at Indiana University’s Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, and her MA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in the History of Art and Architecture where her Master’s thesis was received with Honors. In addition to her duties as Director, Eileen teaches Art History courses, coordinates the Art History curriculum and faculty, and travels with the Study Abroad program when her schedule permits.
Film History Coordinator
Jesse Ficks graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Theatre Arts & Film. In addition to teaching a variety of film history courses at Academy of Art University, Jesse publishes film festival reviews for the SF Bay Guardian and regularly attends the Sundance, Toronto and Cannes film festivals. Ficks also curates and hosts the film series MiDNITES FOR MANiACS at the legendary Castro Theatre.
Study Abroad Coordinator
Kevin Forman has been teaching at Academy of Art University for twelve years. Since coming to the Academy, Kevin has been a Support Instructor in a variety of graduate & undergraduate Art History classes, and in 2006, became a lead instructor in the undergraduate Art History program. He has team-taught Study Abroad seminars throughout Europe, and loves traveling to experience Art History firsthand. In addition to teaching Art History, Kevin has also taught English for Art & Design purposes for non-native speakers of English.
Music & Visual Arts Coordinator
Craig Griffeath holds a Bachelor's degree in Physics with a minor in Music Composition and Theory from Haverford College, and a Master's in Humanities/Art History from Dominican University of California. He also has a certificate in Western Art Education from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, where he has been a member of the Docent Council since 1992. Craig has been performing and teaching music professionally for more than twenty-five years, and has over seventy-five album credits as a player, engineer, and producer. Craig has been an instructor at Academy of Art University since 1995, and to date has taught thirteen different subjects in the Academy's Liberal Arts Department.
Kelly Holt has taught English Composition and World Literature at Academy of Art University since 2005. She has also taught Literature and Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State University. Kelly earned her Ph.D. in Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She also holds an M.A. in Literature, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and a double B.A. in Literature and American Studies.
Math and Science Coordinator
Michael Leitch has been an enthusiastic instructor for fifteen years. He attended the University of Washington and Evergreen State College, earning a B.S. in Physics. He is an FAA licensed flight instructor and commercial pilot. He is also a working actor, receiving the Bay Guardian's performance of the year award in 2001. He received an MA in Math and Science Education from UC Berkeley. While at UC Berkeley, Michael was a graduate student instructor for the popular course, Physics for Future Presidents. Michael began teaching math and science part-time at Academy of Art University in 1998. He is currently the Math/Science Coordinator, and continues to enjoy teaching both onsite and online.
David C. Riffert
Graduate Studies Coordinator
David Riffert has over twenty years of teaching experience. His articles have been featured in print and publications. David has taught at Pennsylvania State University, Principia College, and Academy of Art University. David received his BA in History and Art History from Principia College, and earned his MA in Art History from Pennsylvania State University. David leads the Academy’s Graduate Liberal Arts Study Abroad Program.
Ellen Supple has been an educator for over twenty years, and she brings experience in program development and delivery as well as in nonprofit management. A former Director with the Academy, Ellen now acts as full time Liberal Arts faculty and coordinates our Writing and Business course offerings. Ellen holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Short Fiction and has recently completed a novel.
Paul T. Delevati
Paul Delevati has eighteen years of professional teaching experience including a Critical Thinking class at San Francisco State University, and is a seminarian at the Society of Jesus. Currently, Paul teaches Philosophy courses in the Liberal Arts Department at Academy of Art University. In 2001, he presented with the American Philosophical Association. Paul received a BA in Philosophy from Chico State University, and an MA in Philosophy from San Francisco State University.
Claudia Holm has sixteen years professional experience in liberal arts including management of organizational systems and implementation of educational seminars for Gold Coast Seminars in San Francisco. She has attended the Writer's Center Workshop in San Francisco, CA, and is a member of the Associated Writer's Program (AWP). Claudia received a BA in Humanities from New College of California, and an MA in Writing and Consciousness from New College of California.
Art History Faculty
Candace Huey teaches Art History courses at Academy of Art University. Candace earned her MA in Art History at Courtauld Institute of Art (London, UK), graduating with Honors. Her thesis explores the issues surrounding the visual and material culture of 17thC Netherlandish Art. She earned her BA from UC Berkeley in the History of Art with a minor in Anthropology. Candace has worked for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco as well as a major Bay Area art gallery and has interned at Courtauld Institute Gallery and Butterfields Auction House.
Art History Faculty
Suzanne L'Heureux is an Art History instructor at Academy of Art University. Suzanne earned her MA in Art History at American University. She graduated with the mark of distinction in both her area of specialization ("Visual Arts of the United States") and in the general field of Art History. While at American University, Suzanne also developed an area of concentration in European Modernism. Suzanne is an active member of the College Art Association and presented at their 2006 conference. Since she moved to San Francisco, Suzanne has worked as an art consultant at a well-known Bay Area gallery. As an undergraduate, Suzanne earned a BFA in Sculpture with a concentration in Painting. She is a practicing artist who does sculptural work and acrylic painting.
Tom Molanphy received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. His fiction has been published by Colorado College Press, and his memoir, Following Mateo, on his two years in Belize teaching Mayans, was published in 2006. Tom has taught creative writing and composition at Academy of Art University and composition at the University of San Francisco.
Allyson Ritger received her BA from the University of Delaware, and her MA and MFA in Writing & Consciousness from New College of California. Her fiction and travel essays have been published in such journals and magazines as: Five Fingers Review, Big World Magazine, Transitions Abroad, and San Francisco Downtown Magazine. She is currently working on a book of interconnected short stories. Allyson teaches undergraduate Composition, Creative Writing, and World Literature and graduate Creative Writing.
Kimberly Ann Reid-Schafer
Art History Faculty
Kimberly has taught a wide range of Art History courses at the Academy since 1998. She holds two graduate degrees from Oxford Brookes University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Art History and a minor in Anthropology. Her graduate thesis focused on the twentieth century British artist, Stanley Spencer, and was concerned with the subject of primitivism. Professionally Kimberly has worked at Butterfield & Butterfield in the Restoration department, the Museum of Modern Art - Oxford, the Courtland Institute, and the Museum of London Archaeological Service. Kimberly has traveled extensively through Europe as well as China and Tibet.
Simone Scott is a Berkeley native who received her BA in English from the University of Vermont and her MA in English: Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Simone has been teaching at Academy of Art University since 2006, and over the past nine years has taught ESL, writing and literature in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, San Francisco and at San Quentin State Prison. Her short stories have appeared in the Tampa Review and Zyzzyva. Currently, she is working on a novel.
Jim Sidel received a BA in film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and studied production at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. In 1998 he moved to San Francisco to spearhead Academy of Art’s MPT Film Post-Production Lab. Always a writer, Jim left the Bay Area two years later to study fiction writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Iowa granted him a prestigious Teaching/Writing fellowship and the honor of studying with Pulitzer-Prize winners Marilynne Robinson and James Allan McPherson. After receiving his MFA, Jim returned to the Bay Area to teach and to work on his first novel.
Art History Faculty
Cedric Wentworth began his studies in stone carving and clay modeling abroad, receiving his certificate of apprenticeship at Cacciatori Studios, Italy. Returning to the United States, he continued his studies at the Art Students League in New York City. In 1991, the City of Oakland commissioned Cedric to sculpt the monument of Jack London for the plaza at Jack London Square. This commission led him to sculpt numerous public monuments, including the Frank Ogawa monuments in front of the Civic Center of Oakland and in Fukuoka, Japan, and the bronze wolf at Jack London Square. He has many outdoor sculptures on permanent display throughout California.
Katie Williams has been writing and teaching Writing for nearly a decade. She earned her BA in English from the University of Michigan and her MFA in Writing from the University of Texas under a Michener Fellowship. Her short stories have appeared in publications such as Subtropics, AGNI, Prairie Schooner, and Indiana Review. Katie’s first novel, The Space Between Trees was published in 2010.
Art History Faculty
Stephen Williams earned a BA and an MA in History at San Francisco State University. His graduate work included not only the study of civilization from antiquity through the Renaissance, but also the art of the early Renaissance. His research projects included the representation of St. Francis of Assisi in literature and art, the graphic art and text of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili of Colonna and its representation of Renaissance pagan ideals, as well as the evolution of early Christian iconography. Other topics of interest and research include the French Revolution and World War I. He is also enthusiastic about Italy and has studied the Italian language and the history of Italy at the Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci, in Rome. Mr. Williams has been teaching Art History and Western Civilization courses at the Academy since 2001.
Jose Yulo, Ed.D. teaches Philosophy, Western Civilization, United States History, and Public Speaking courses, utilizing a modified form of the ancient Socratic method. He has a Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco, with an emphasis in the Philosophy of Education. He also holds a Master's degree in Political Communication from Emerson College in Boston, as well as a Bachelor's degree in the Classical Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. Originally from Manila in the Philippines, his research interests lie in Greek philosophy, the histories of Greek and Roman politics and warfare, and the literature of J. R. R. Tolkien.
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