Sherry Saunders is a designer, educator and dabbler in photography who loves talking about graphic design.


Sherry Saunders was born and raised in Southeastern Massachusetts. She received a BFA from Emmanuel College in 2007 and in 2011, she received her MFA in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. She currently is the Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. In 2011, Sherry received a Merit Award for her piece “Investigation” in the Southeastern Colleges of Art Conference Member’s Exhibition juried by curator Dan Cameron. In the summer of 2011, Sherry was accepted to participate in the Young Photographer’s Alliance Mentor Program, Boston Team. Her work from this program, themed Energy is Everything, was on display at the Calumet Gallery in NYC in January 2012. Before coming to Lamar University, Sherry was working at Discovery Creative, where she worked on projects for clients such as Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel and TLC. Most recently, Sherry has been developing a freelance practice along with her teaching. She has received local, regional and national awards for her graphic design work. Sherry also continues to present research at conferences and publish her graphic design research.

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I had the pleasure of collaborating with Sherry on numerous occasions, both in and outside of our graduate studies. In class, Sherry demonstrated her commitment to quality work and support of her peers through thoughtful questions and feedback, a willingness to experiment, and followthrough. Sherry’s strengths in organization, leadership, teaching, and mentoring are some of her greatest. Time and time again, from organizing events and conferences, to helping begin a graduate design organization, to assisting professors in the classroom, to helping transform lives as a peer mentor, Sherry has proved she is a focused, genuine, and dedicated leader who empowers others. Easy going, flexible, with a strong attention to detail, Sherry is great to work with. I would highly recommend her to any team and would love to work with her again.

—Renée Malloy, Experienced Visual Communicator

July 14, 2013, Renée studied with Sherry at Savannah College of Art and Design


Sherry managed multiple jobs, maintained great communication and was always ready to help anyone who needed it. She had great attention to the details and understood the success of a good process. She kept a great attitude and was often requested for projects in our department.

Sherry was a great asset to our group and will be a great asset anywhere because she can adapt to any situation and bring her amazing skill set to the table.

—David Memmott, Manager of Design Development

July 31, 2012, David managed Sherry at Discovery Communications


Sherry’s work as a Graduate Mentor has been outstanding. Her ability to teach with clarity, purpose and patience has been exemplary. Sherry has never rejected a challenge nor turned away from supporting a student assigned to her, no matter how difficult the situation. She is committed to the task at hand and always eager to help. We have come to rely on her participation and contributions. It will be difficult to replace Sherry’s work ethic!

—Carol Stevens, Mentor Program Manager at SCAD

April 28, 2011, Carol managed Sherry at SCAD Mentor Program


Ms. Saunders has strong writing and research interests. She works well encouraging graphic design students with writing their research papers and assisting them in choosing topics, creating outlines and viewing their drafts. There has been a drastic improvement in the writing quality of one particular international student’s writing when comparing written work from beginning of the quarter to the final research paper.

Saunders is a talented individual with a great passion for graphic design history. She eagerly prepared a roadmap for the schedule of the class at the beginning of the quarter. Initially she posted two integral questions for students on the Blackboard for discussion. One question addressed their expectation for the class as well as their best learning styles. The other question pertained to the future of visual communication, how they have seen it change from their parent’s generation to theirs and where they expect it to go in the future. The latter created a wonderful discussion initially online and later in the classroom about the use and future of technology in our field. The blackboard discussions allowed students to prepare ahead of the classroom discussions.

She also did a successful project about design authorship. Points from Michael Rock’s essay on Design Authorship, were summarized and students created collages and compared their intended communication goals with how their designs were interpreted by their peers.

Her most successful interaction with the students was her presentation of a research paper initially submitted to a conference. This engendered great discussion about April Greiman’s work in context of authorship, postmodernism and feminism. It also allowed students to be expose to professional writing and research.

She additionally helped organize a field trip to the Library’s Special Collection. Sherry also worked extensively with any student that needed help with writing and tutoring on research methods and ideas.

In short, I see Ms. Saunders as a part of the future generation of leaders, educators and practitioners of graphic communication. She pedagogical ethics is grounded in research and practice creating a powerful body of design praxis.

Sharokin Betgevargiz, Professor of Graphic Design at Savannah College of Art and Design

May 2, 2011, Sharokin supervised Sherry during teaching internship


 Sherry assisted the Research Division in designing reports for our imagine all the people series. She helped with image selection and creating graphs and charts. She worked well under deadlines and remained professional and responsive through many rounds of edits! Her design work was vital to communicating our Research in a clear and understandable format for our readers. I would recommend Sherry as a graphic design professional and would welcome the opportunity to work with her again.

—Nanette Dyer Blake, Research Manager at Boston Redevelopment Authority

June 22, 2011, Nanette managed Sherry indirectly at Boston Redevelopment Authority


Sherry was a joy to have as an intern. She always had a can do attitude and was a quick learner. In our very busy design department at Cone she was able to jump into a variety of projects to help support our team. By the end of her internship she was working directly with staff on projects independently from start to finish. Sherry has a bright design future and I am sure is bound for great things.

—Lisa Coyne, Video Producer/Editor & Graphic Designer at Cone Inc.

May 3, 2011, Lisa managed Sherry at Cone Inc.


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