To Whom It May Concern:

I am currently seeking a full time faculty position as a Graphic Design instructor. To follow is a copy of my resume for your review. I have demonstrated sound judgment, decisiveness, well-developed planning, strategic thinking, creative marketing and communication skills, as well as, a high level of performance in a variety of classroom assignments. I would welcome an opportunity for a personal interview.

My teaching philosophy has been developed through my experience as an elementary and high school art teacher and most recently, as a college Professor, in the Graphic Design department, at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division, the Art Institute of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. The most successful classes I have taught are those in which there is a high level of student participation. My focus is to encourage classroom participation by carefully organizing each lesson. With clear organization, students are more likely to believe they understand the framework of the class and will, therefore be willing to ask questions about sections they do not understand and engage in activities they may not have otherwise embarked on.

I am accustomed to working with the most talented and the most challenging of students. I am intuitive and can relate well to the complexities of the creative mind. I am experienced in handling multiple tasks simultaneously. These skills mirror the skills necessary to be an effective college Professor. I enjoy a challenge and work hard to attain my goals. I worked in the Promotional Products and Retail Packaging industry as the President of my own corporation for several years followed by a career in financial services.

I have expertise in Graphic Design, Digital Graphics, Web Design, Packaging Design, Fine Art, Jewelry making, Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Business and Finance. Teaching at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division, working with decision makers for many major corporations and running my own company for almost 9 years has provided me with a frontier in which to hone my individual strengths and develop on a professional level. I am a leader, a teacher and always a student.

If you require more information at this time, I will be happy to comply upon request.

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Sincerely Yours,
Wendy Barr


OBJECTIVE:  Seeking a challenging position working as a full time faculty member where my education, skills, practical experience and innovative thinking will have valuable application.         

SUMMARY:  Seasoned packaging graphics, graphic design and fine art professional with strong communication skills and a unique ability to motivate others – demonstrated specifically as a College Professor, and in Packaging and Promotions business that created effective Marketing and Promotional strategies with many Fortune 500 companies.


Pratt Institute    Brooklyn, New York    MS in Packaging Design, 1991

Michigan State University  International Structural Packaging     London, England 1990

Metropolitan State College    Denver, Colorado  Bachelors of Art & Colorado State Certification K-12 Art Education, 1984

West Valley Community College    Saratoga, California    Associate Art Degree, 1981


  • PC/Mac
  • Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Bridge, Acrobat
  • QuarkXPress
  • Microsoft Office           
  • Proprietary Social Media            
  • LinkedIn
  • Jing Pro
  • Screencast Pro                       
  • Facebook                    
  • Twitter                         



Online Full Time Faculty, utilizing eCollege, and Socrates, a virtual classroom software. Experience in creating classroom content, facilitating participation, and online discussions, evaluating design submissions, critiquing, Socrates certified instructor. Evaluate and conduct performance appraisals for adjunct faculty. Mentor and advise adjunct faculty.


Packaging Graphics, Contemporary Typography, Graphic Symbolism, Fundamentals of Design, Introduction to Design Applications, CS5.5


SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT:  Developed and wrote online curriculum for Packaging Graphics to adhere to Studio Model


  • MFA Committee - assisted MFA students in all aspects of thesis development 
  • Faculty Development Committee - Mentoring and assisting in the professional development of new and struggling Instructors 
  • Social Media Committee - Implementing initiative to connect Faculty via internal social networking site, Facebook and Twitter

ART INSTITUTE OF COLORADO    Denver, CO   September 2000 – June 2007
Full Time Faculty, teaching college level Graphic Design, Digital Graphics, Design Management, Fine Art & Entrepreneurship.


Packaging Design, Fundamentals of Design, Experimental Typography, History of Graphic Design, Art and Design Concepts, Digital Illustration(Illustrator), Editorial Design, Digital Image Manipulation (Photoshop), Advanced Design, Layout Design (InDesign), Marketing Design, Design Production Team, Concept Design, Group Dynamics, Corporate Identity, Survey of Media and Design, Entrepreneurship, Design Management.

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT:  Developed and wrote on ground courses for Packaging Graphics, Concept Design, Design

Fundamentals, Design Production Team and Entrepreneurship


Adjunct Professor, teaching college level Graphic Design. Taught Experimental Typography
and History of Graphic Design.


TEACHING SPECIALTIES:                     
  • Development and Implementation of new, innovative classes and programs 
  • Teaching both entry level and advanced students skills and techniques 
  • Emphasizing sustainable packaging and environmental concerns 
  • Guiding students to search for creative careers that may not be mainstream 
  • Demonstrating basic business skills with every project to help with planning & budgeting 
  • Teaching and preparing students production, display and portfolio development skills 
  • Helping students with conceptual thinking and project development 
  • Guiding students to make their innate skills marketable & organizing creative thoughts into functional design work
WOMEN’S BUSINESS LINK  Denver, CO  September 2003 –January 2009
President and Founder, responsible for all marketing, logo development, branding, collateral design and web design. Also responsible for day to day activities of organization, budgeting, outsourcing.

“WBL provides opportunities to build meaningful and beneficial personal and professional relationships for the purpose of facilitating the growth of a community of women dedicated to supporting and guiding each other toward continued success.”

DOUBLE U BE & ASSOCIATES    Denver, CO     1994 – 2002
President/Owner Promotional Products & Retail Packaging Company Specializing In Unique, Custom Imprinted Promotional Products & Programs & Retail Packaging. Responsible for planning and implementation of all day to day operations. Operating on a national level, working with corporate clients In New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and Atlanta. Clients Include: MTV, Nickelodeon, Everlast Worldwide, Riviera, Luxor and Circus Circus Casinos, People Magazine, Jive Records
and Bad Boy Entertainment. Created, designed and implemented all marketing and special promotions. Designed all collateral material for company. Ability to bond on a personal level and gain trust in various executive capacities.


COMMONWEALTH PACKAGING    New York, NY     1992 – 1994
Account Executive, Advertising Specialties, Retail Packaging company. Responsibilities included account and client services, client recommendations, packaging design work, job estimates & overseeing production. Clients included MTV, Time Warner, Pfizer, Rockefeller Center, Marriott & Bioelements.

AIGA - Member
Denver Art Museum - Member
Co-Founder and President    Women’s Business Link
Board Member    Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce
Board Member    Alliance of Professional Women



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