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Directors

Eileen Everett
Eileen M. Everett
Academic Vice President of Liberal Arts

Eileen M. Everett has been with the Academy of Art University since 1999 and has directed 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 on 18th Century French Painting was received with Honors. In addition to her duties as Academic Vice President, Eileen teaches Art History courses online and onsite and travels with the AAU Art History Study Abroad program when her schedule permits.

Michael Leitch
Michael Leitch
Associate Director of Liberal Arts and Graduate Studies, Math and Science Coordinator

Michael has been an enthusiastic instructor for 25 years, and has been teaching math and science at the Academy of Art University since 1998. He studied math, physics, music and theater at the University of Washington and the Evergreen State College. He earned a BS in 1986 at Evergreen, and a MA in math/science education at UC Berkeley in 2007. While at UC Berkeley, Michael was a graduate student instructor for the popular course, Physics for Future Presidents. He is a FAA licensed flight instructor and commercial pilot. Michael has also worked as an actor and voice-over artist. He received the Bay Guardian's performance of the year award in 2001.

Gabriela Sotomayor
Gabriela Sotomayor
Director, School of Art History

Gabriela is completing her PhD at the University of Oxford, UK, with a dissertation on the materials and techniques of Ptolemaic jewelry and engraved gems. While attaining her BA in Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St Louis as a Gates Millennium Scholar, she studied in Florence, Italy, and Athens, Greece for a year. Subsequently, she earned her MA in Greek and Roman Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Gabriela has worked in artmuseums and galleries in the US, UK and Chile, in addition publishing on Greek and Roman art. Gabriela continues to conduct research and publish on the subjects of ancient jewelry, luxuries and trade in the ancient world, engraved gems and the technical side of jewelry and gem production. In addition to her duties as the Director of the School of Art History, Gabriela teaches art history courses and designs jewelry.


Curriculum Coordinators

Craig Griffeath
Craig Griffeath
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 nearly 30 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.

Jesse Ficks
Jesse Ficks
Film History Coordinator

Jesse Hawthorne 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/hosts the film series MiDNITES FOR MANiACS at the legendary Castro Theatre.

Kevin Forman
Kevin Forman
Study Abroad Coordinator

Kevin Brent Forman has been teaching at Academy of Art University for 12 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 classroom. 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. When not at the Academy, Kevin can usually be found hiking, kayaking, landscaping, or working on a variety of home renovation projects.

Margaret FullerMargaret Fuller
Foreign Language Coordinator

Margaret Fuller attended Bowdoin College in Maine, where she double-majored in English and French. She spent her summers visiting relatives in France, and chose Paris for her junior year abroad. After studying theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, Margaret earned a master’s degree in English Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. While there, she taught middle school English in Central Harlem and high school English at her alma mater, Bronxville High. She proceeded to satisfy a life-long love for international adventure by spending six months in South Africa volunteering, working, and traveling. Margaret moved to San Francisco in the spring of 2010 and taught summer school at Stuart Hall, a private boys school in Pacific Heights. She has been teaching at AAU since Fall 2010.

 
Robert GoldieRobert Goldie
Social Studies Coordinator

Bob Goldie has been with the Academy of Art University since 2005 where he has been an instructor, academic coach, and a coordinator for the Writing Lab before moving to Liberal Arts 2011 to serve as a social studies coordinator and a sociology instructor for both online and onsite classes. He received his B.A. in History and M.A. in Social Studies Education at the University of Colorado and has since pursued an ambition to empower students to become passionate lifetime learners and thinkers by making education interesting and meaningful. Bob also writes music and fanzine reviews for Maximum RocknRoll, collects records, fixates on the history of San Francisco, and enjoys life’s experience.

Kelly Holt
Kelly Holt
English Coordinator

Kelly 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 a M.A. in Literature, a M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and a double B.A. in Literature and American Studies.

David C. Riffert
David C. Riffert
Graduate Studies Coordinator

David has 20 years of teaching experience. His articles have been featured in print and publications. Colleges that David has taught at include The Pennsylvania State University, Principia College, and Academy of Art University. David received his BA in History and Art History from Principia College in 1986, and earned his MA in Art History from The Pennsylvania State University in 1992. David also coordinates the Liberal Arts Study Abroad Program and has traveled to Europe numerous times with Academy students.

 
Mart WedlingerMarta Wedlinger
Employment Communication Coordinator

Marta received her BA from UC Berkeley and her JD from Boston University. She hasworked in the legal field, as a school social worker, and for various UN organizations in Geneva and Belize before making the switch to fashion. In 2002, she moved to Barcelona and worked for a design university organizing and implementing quarterly fashion shows and events. Later she launched a personal styling company and became the fashion correspondent for various English speaking newspapers and magazines. She also taught in English and Spanish a variety of classes: Trends Forecasting, Fashion Journalism, Personal Styling, Catwalk Event Organizing, as well as Career Development. In late 2008, she returned to the Bay Area, re-launched her personal styling business “Shower Me with STYLE,” worked as a costume designer for local theatre companies, and finally in 2009 began teaching at the Academy of Art University.


Full Time Faculty

Paul T. Delevati
Paul T. Delevati
Philosophy Faculty

Paul has eighteen years of professional teaching experience including a class on critical thinking at San Francisco State University, and is a seminarian at the Society of Jesus. Currently, Paul teaches philosophy in the Liberal Arts Department at Academy of Art University. He attended the American Philosophical Association meeting in 2001. Paul received his BA in philosophy from Chico State University in 1983, and his MA in philosophy from San Francisco State University in 1998.

 
Heather Hollinger Heather Holliger
English Faculty

Heather Holliger has been teaching English courses at the Academy since 2008 and has also taughtliterature and composition at San Francisco State University and Ohlone College. She holds an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University, and her creative work has been published in many literary journals, including the Aurorean, Labletter, and Sugar Mule, among others. Her work also appeared in the anthology Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory. She is a former editor-in-chief of So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language & Art and has written news stories for Ms. magazine online. She is a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs and the National Council of Teachers of English.

Claudia Holm
Claudia Holm
English Faculty

Claudia 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. Her professional experience also includes the position of manager of accounts payable/receivables and payroll for Jeff Morley, DDS. 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 her BA in humanities from New College of California in 1997, and her MA in writing and consciousness from New College of California in 2000.

 
Candace HueyCandace Huey
Art History Faculty

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. Candace is a member of the Historians of Netherlandish Art and has presented her research at their conference in Amsterdam.

 
Tom MolanphyTom Molanphy
English Faculty

Tom Molanphy earned a BS in Communications/English at Loyola University New Orleans and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. He is the author of several books including “Following Mateo” and "Loud Memories Of A Quiet Life.” He freelances for 10Best.com. His lesson plan on creative nonfiction was included in the 826 Valencia anthology "Don’t Forget To Write." Tom teaches creative writing, composition, and journalism at the Academy of Art University. He also taught composition at the University of San Francisco, and he occasionally tutors at 826 Valencia in San Francisco.

Allyson Ritger
Allyson Ritger
English Faculty

Allyson received her BA from the University of Delaware, and her MA and MFA in Writing & Consciousness from the 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
Kimberly Ann Reid-Schafer
Art History Faculty

Kimberly Schafer has been with the Academy of Art University since 1996 teaching a wide range of art history courses. Ms. Schafer holds two graduate degrees from Oxford Brookes University (formerlyOxford Polytechnic), and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in art history (fine art, painting) 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 Ms. Schafer has worked at Butterfield & Butterfield in the Restoration department, worked at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, and Courtland Institute, as well as the Museum of London Archaeological Service. She has traveled extensively through Europe as well as China and Tibet.

Simone Scott
Simone Scott
English Faculty

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. Right now, she is working on a novel.

James Sidel
James Sidel
English Faculty

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 pursue 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. Jim received his MFA in 2002 and returned to the Bay Area to teach and work on his first novel.

 
Rich TubioloRich Tubiolo
Employment Communications Faculty

Rich Tubiolo has over 15 years of professional marketing leadership experience and holds a BA in English Literature and earned his MBA from Golden Gate University. Rich teaches a variety of Employment Communications and Marketing courses both onsite and online at the Academy. He is also President for a SF Bay Area-based boutique marketing and communications agency called Marketing With Teeth that specialize in sports, fitness and the arts.

Cedric Wentworth
Cedric Wentworth
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. In1991, 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 JackLondon Square. He has many outdoor sculptures on permanent display throughout California, including works in Fresno, Davis, Saratoga, and Santa Clara. Cedric Wentworth is currently represented by the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, California, and the Art Exchange Gallery in San Francisco.

Katie Williams
Katie Williams
English Faculty

Katie Williams has been a full-time writing instructor at Academy of Art University since 2007. She is also the curriculum lead for Composition for the Artist, the introductory writing course for first-year students. Katie earned her B.A. in English and University of Michigan and her M.F.A. in fiction writing at University of Texas, Austin under a Michener Fellowship. In addition to teaching, she has written two young adult novels, The Space Between Trees (ChronicleBooks, 2010) and Absent (Chronicle Books, 2013), and so spends manyhours thinking about the capturing and keeping of young people's attention.

Stephen Williams
Stephen Williams
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 Italian and history at the Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci in Rome. Mr. Williams has been teaching courses on art history and western civilization at the Academy since 2001.

Jose Yulo
Jose Yulo
Philosophy Faculty

Jose Yulo, Ed.D. teaches courses on philosophy, western civilization, United States history, and public speaking, utilizing a modified form of the ancient Socratic method. He has a Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco, with an emphasis on 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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