Department Head

Rebecca Brienen, PhD

Art History Faculty

Rebecca Brienen, PhD

Irene Backus, PhD

Louise Siddons, PhD

Jennifer Borland, PhD

Cristina Cruz Gonzalez, PhD

Shaoqian Zhang, PhD

Priscilla Schwarz, PhD

Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, PhD

Graphic Design Faculty

Phil Choo, MFA

Pouya Jahanshahi, MFA

Justen Renyer, MFA

Ray Claxton, MFA

Betsy Berger, MFA

Studio Art Faculty

Angie Piehl, MFA

Mark Sisson, MFA

Chris Ramsay, MFA

Liz Roth, MFA

Jack Titus, MFA

Andy Mattern, MFA

Brandon Reese, MFA

Ginnie Baer, MFA

Teresa Holder, MA

Mark Wittig, MFA

Leslie Anne Martin, MFA

See Also: Staff



Betsy Berger, MFA

Visiting Assistant Professor
Graphic Design
Office: (405)
Fax: (405) 744-5767
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Elizabeth (Betsy) Berger is a designer and design educator of visual communications and graphic design  She was born in Lima, Peru, South America.  Throughout her travels she has focused on cultural design and semiotics.  She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the ATEC program at the University of Texas at Dallas.  Her research interests are in M-Learning and visual pedagogy, cultural design, typography and graphic design.  She received her MFA from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where her Master's thesis focused on the redesign of a small Texas town applying design thinking and methodologies to community development.  She has also studied design and typography in the summer program at the University of Art and Design Basel, HGK Basel, Switzerland.

As a Creative Designer of her own firm for many years, she also held that title for Eisenberg Inc., Oakley Design, Flowers & Fedeli Advertising, and SMU Marketing, as well as the Senior Art Director at American Airlines Publishing, producing Spirit magazine for Southwest Airlines.  Her work has earned various awards and has been published in the New York Art Director's Annual, Print, Graphis, the Dallas Society of Visual Communications, and the Smithsonian National Graphic Design Archive.  She currently publishes in academic journals and writes on design, multi-cultural design, and design and technology and pursues research interests in technology and visual cognition.

She has taught design, typography and advertising design across the spectrum of visual communication at the University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University and other American Universities over the years, as well as Zayed University in Duai, UAE and Whanganui School of Design in Whanganui, New Zealand where she was the academic manager of the program.  She helped establish the Masters and postgraduate programs in New Zealand and Dubai.  Her students have garnered many national and international awards in Dubai and New Zealand.

She has given workshops and speaks on design and multicultural design in China, New Zealand, America, and Africa.  "The world of design is expanding to become a discipline that incorporates more than aesthetics-it is embracing brain sciences, technology, multiculturalism, and manifesting its power beyond business toward human transformation."  Berger feels the future for designers is not just in their artifacts, but in their design thinking processes that make connections in complex global systems to bring about effective and beautiful solutions.