My name is Jessa Wilcoxen and I became a Digital Media Professor at Greenville College in 2010. After graduating from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design) and a minor in both Marketing and Business Management I moved to the Mid-South to earn a Master of Fine Arts (Graphic Design) at the University of Memphis. While living in Memphis, Tennessee I taught graphic design and interactive media at Arkansas State University and the University of Memphis and designed for advertising agencies and both local and national companies.
I have a wonderful husband, Travis Wilcoxen, who is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Millikin University. We were thrilled to return to our home state of Illinois and live closer to our families. We have some interesting pets, including a handsome black lab/husky mix, two salamanders, two newts, a leopard gecko, three turtles and an oversized lovable black pug.
Why I work at GC
I noticed during my first visit to campus that Greenville College is a special place. The small, caring, and supportive atmosphere is the perfect setting for allowing students to grow in their field of study and also their Christian faith. As a faculty member I also enjoy every opportunity for continued growth, academically and spiritually.
How I started working with Digital Media
At a young age I was passionate about art and utilizing my creativity to please others. While in high school, I became involved in the school yearbook and school website development and discovered that my talents were best suited for the digital medium. My mother is a retired special education grade school teacher so becoming an educator was a natural path.
How I use DM outside my role as professor
I have owned and operated Creative Spark since 2005, which has allowed me to consult and design for both profit and non-profit organizations.
My favorite aspect of my job
I love working one-on-one with students helping them brainstorm and mold the ideal design solution for the problem at hand. My job is most satisfying when students enter the job market or continue studies at the next level with the confidence and skills necessary for success.