Lecturer, Communication Design
Office: JCM 3122
Office Phone: 245-4674
Shelley Ann Jackson holds a BFA in Communication Design from the University of North Texas, an MFA in illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts, and an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Shelley has received certifications in online teaching from the University of Phoenix and Texas State University. Shelley’s creative research has been on the relationship between image and word in picture books, and the benefits this dynamic (rhythmic syncopation) brings to young children. As an educator, she has researched the use of online resources to develop the professional identities in students.
A designer, illustrator and author, Shelley’s creative focus is on children’s picture books. Her first book, Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds, won a non-fiction research grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), a Cybils Award nomination, and a Gold Medal in Juvenile Non-Fiction from ForeWord Magazine. Her second book, Upon Secrecy, was selected as one of the Best Books of 2010 by Bank Street College. Shelley also has worked for clients such as Berkley Books, Cobblestone magazines, Compassion International, HarperCollins Publishers, and the New York Times. She is a long-time member and volunteer for the SCBWI, having recently served as regional advisor for the Austin, Texas chapter and currently serving on the Illustrator Advisory Board. Shelley has developed and continues to organize two Austin based groups for professional illustrators, the Girllustrators and the Illustrati.