IADT-Online Faculty Profiles

At IADT-Online, we view education as a collaborative relationship that will develop between you and our instructors and staff. That's why we hope you'll take this opportunity to meet a few of the experienced faculty and staff members who are committed to helping you acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to become a creative professional.

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Chris Hayes

Department Chair, Design

Upon graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in Computer Animation and Multimedia, Chris Hayes received his first job in the animation industry as a cinematic animator with video game developer Outrage Entertainment in Ann Arbor, Mich., where he worked on PC game “Descent 3.” After growing tired of the cold weather, he joined Orlando-based video game developer N-Space as a cinematic animator and gained credits on the PlayStation titles “Duke Nukem: Land of the Babe,” “Danger Girl,” “The Olsen Twins: Magical Mystery Mall” and “The Olsen Twins: Crush Course.” Chris left N-Space to begin a teaching career in video game development at Full Sail in Winter Park, Fla., where he quickly became adept to the teaching lifestyle and realized that he had found his calling. Being able to teach others how to succeed in the video game industry became a passion and his dream job.

Seeking growth and the ability to reach out to a larger student population, Chris joined the team at the IADT-Tampa as an adjunct faculty member, eventually climbing the ranks to become a full-time lead instructor in the Animation Department. During which that time he completed a BFA in Computer Animation and then an MFA in Media Design Management. He later became Department Chair for the Game Production program at IADT-Online, where he served for the next three years until accepting the position of Department Chair of Design.

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Kristian Korner

Kristian Korner

Department Chair, Technology

Kristian Korner has more than 10 years of experience in higher education. He received an AS in Computer Aided Drafting and a BS in Computer Visualization from ITT Technical Institute. He then completed his Master of Education at American Intercontinental University, where he focused on Instructional Technology. He has held several positions in higher education, including adjunct instructor and full-time faculty member, as well as leading workshops and tutoring. Kristian has taught a broad spectrum of topics including Interior Design, Building Information Modeling, Game Production, Graphic Design, and Computer Animation.

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Andrea Kough

Andrea Kough

Department Chair, General Education

Andrea Kough completed her undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota, earning baccalaureate degrees in History and English. She completed a Master of Liberal Studies at Northwestern University in Illinois and is currently a doctoral candidate in Education at Northeastern University in Boston. Andrea spent more than 20 years teaching history, humanities, and English courses at many institutions nationwide. She became Department Chair of General Education for IADT Online in 2009. Andrea has served as a subject matter expert for humanities courses and has presented at conferences on subjects ranging from best practices for online pedagogy to writing assignments for the online classroom.

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Kerstin Upmeyer

Kerstin Upmeyer

Lead Instructor, Graphic Design

Kerstin Upmeyer attended Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla., where she received a BFA in Illustration and completed a year of Independent study in Computer Graphics. She earned her master’s degree in Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Kerstin has worked both full time and as a freelancer in design and illustration positions for various companies since the early 1990s. Her work has been in both local and international literacy programs as well as drug prevention programs for children. She illustrated children’s books for school book fairs and served as a technical editor for Thompson Publishing. She has also had regular technique articles featured in IADT’s design and technology magazine, Artistik (now IADTX magazine).

Kerstin taught for the undergraduate and graduate Graphic Design program at IADT-Tampa from 1997 to 2012 and has been with IADT-Online since its inception in 2007. In addition to teaching at IADT, she has done corporate training for IECUBED and Saint Petersburg College. Prior to her current position, she was the Program Coordinator for the Design and Multimedia Program at Keiser University and worked as an adjunct instructor for The Art Institute of Tampa. She continues to illustrate and write tutorials for IADTX and work as a freelance Illustrator and designer.

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Lucille Moon-Michel

Lucille Moon-Michel

Lead Instructor, Web Design and Development

Lucille Moon-Michel is an alumnus from International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa, where she earned an AS in Web Design and an MFA in Media Design Management. Before entering the field of Web design, Lucille attended the University of South Florida for a BA in Art. Her background in art and technology has allowed her to work as a graphic and Web designer for a variety of companies including financial investment firms, charities, online sports stores, home builders and marketing firms. Lucille has been a regular contributor to IADTX (formerly Artistik) magazine since 2010. She is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida.

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Craig Rogers

Craig Rogers

Lead Instructor, Information Technology

Craig Rogers comes to IADT-Online with more than 12 years of experience in the technology industry. He has taught technology, business and management undergraduate courses for more than 4 years and has worked as an Instructor for IADT in the Information Technology program since 2010. He has also previously served in positions with a major communications company as Network Engineer and as a Fiber Optic/Copper Network Technician. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University, a bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Phoenix, and an associate’s degree in Microsoft Network Engineering/Database Administration and Cisco Network Associate from Southwest Florida College. Craig also served in the United States Army for 18 years in several overseas locations and in the continental United States.

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Julie Stout

Lead Instructor, Retail Merchandise Management

Julie graduated from American Continental University in 2007 with a Master of Education with a focus on instructional technology, in which she learned about teaching and developing courses for online learning. She has a bachelor’s and an associate’s degree in fashion design from the International Academy of Design and Technology-Tampa.

Julie has worked in retail at Euphoria Boutique and Ultra Boutique in the areas of retail sales, visual merchandising and buying. She also has an extensive background in fashion show and event production. She’s produced multiple high-end fashion shows for charities, magazines and other organizations with budgets exceeding $300,000 and more than 2,000 guests in attendance. Prior to teaching at IADT-Online, Julie managed the fashion design department for IADT-Tampa.

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