Katie Krcmarik, assistant professor of practice and visual communications coordinator, and Adam Wagler, assistant professor, in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications were named Adobe Education Leaders for 2019.
“We are incredibly proud of Katie and Adam, who take their commitment to innovation seriously,” said Amy Struthers, interim dean in the college. “They have shown tremendous dedication and leadership in building our visual communications program and incorporating Adobe programs, the standard of our industry, into their teaching.”
The Adobe Education Leaders program is an exclusive community of innovative thought leaders in education who effectively use Adobe tools to promote excellence and critical problem solving. Entry into the program is competitive and requires applicants to be an active member of the Adobe Education Exchange, demonstrate educational thought leadership in their institution and demonstrate their contributions to education and Adobe Community.
Adam Wagler designed and led the implementation of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications innovative visual communications program which leverages an emporium-style teaching model and an on-demand resource center to immerse students in problem solving and design thinking for communications.
Katie Krcmarik joined the CoJMC faculty in 2016 to lead the visual communications program and has successfully grown the program to serve more than 250 students annually. Together, along with Assistant Professor of Practice Alan Eno, they have written and published a visual communications textbook, “Communication Design”, for use in the program. They have also worked with Adobe to establish the CoJMC resource center as the first campus-wide Adobe lab at UNL.
As Adobe Education Leaders, Wagler and Krcmarik will share their experience and expertise with peer educators from across the country.
“It’s very exciting to have CoJMC faculty leading the way in adapting and applying the latest technological innovations to communications and communication education,” said Struthers. “We are enormously proud of their accomplishments and proud to have these education leaders in our classrooms.”