Chairperson, Associate Professor
Jodi Staniunas Hopper an Associate Professor of Art and the Graphic Design Program Director at Mercyhurst University for the past 15 years. A dedicated Mercyhurst Alum, Ms. Hopper received her BA in Art/Graphic Design from Mercyhurst University and her Masters of Fine Art in Design and Advertising from Marywood University in Scranton PA. She teaches courses in Publication Design, Vector Illustration, Branding, and Design History.
In 1989 her graphic design career began as the art director for the local Public Radio/TV station WQLN. In ’92 She joined the marketing department at National Public Radio in Washington DC where she eventually became art director. Moving back to Erie five years later, she was hired as the first web designer for Cyberink-lp which went on to create Erie's Newspaper site, Goerie.com. She has continued to work as a designer throughout her teaching career. Ms. Hopper has exhibited her digital fine art photography for 7 years and is currently combining her passion as a creative seamstress/costume designer with photography. In 2011, She presented at the International Society for Tech and Eduction (ISTE) on applying art and communication theory to e-learning for better reception of information. Her role in the Mercyhurst Art Department began in 1998 when she took over the Graphic Design Program developing the curriculum from a handful of programs in publication design to a major that includes website design and development as part of the publication focus. In addition to coordinating the graphic design offerings, Ms. Hopper advises design students towards their goals including course selection, internships, employment, and minors. She also coordinates the efforts of the AIGA affiliated design club, AdPro.