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Sarah Joy Jordahl Verville , M.F.A.

Associate Professor
Art & Visual Communication Design | School of Design
Sarah Verville
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M.F.A, Graphic Design; Interactive Design and Motion Graphics; Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD

B.A., Graphic Design and Communications; Marymount University, Arlington, VA.

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Stevenson University, Stevenson, Md. (2011 – present) 

Assistant Professor, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Md. (2007 – 2011) 

Freelance Designer (2002 – 2014)
Sarah Verville has contributed greatly to the field of graphic design. As a former agency art director, freelance graphic and web designer, some of her clients included the International Spy Museum, the Ronald Reagan Building, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She has received seven Addy Awards from the AD Club of Washington, DC. She was also a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar. Her work has been published in PRINT, in Graphic Design: The New Basics, at the Cooper-Hewitt National Smithsonian Design Museum. 
Creative and Marketing Director, Designer, Fusion Fellowship Church/Beacon Hill Church, Ellicott City, Md.

  • Designer, Grace, Love & Yoga, Catonsville, Md.

  • Designer and Interactive Designer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

  • Designer, Recognition Works—employee recognition products, Va.

  • Creative Director, Identity and Web Designer, 202 Market: restaurant, music venue, art gallery, Roanoke, Va.

  • Web Designer, Art Director, and Writer, Delish!—personal chef and cake services, Silver Spring, Md.

  • Notecard Designer, Cooper-Hewitt National Smithsonian Design Museum New York, NY.

  • Web Designer and Web Developer, Marymount, Communications and Graphic Design Dept.

  • Web Designer and Web Developer, Marymount University, Education and Humanities Dept.

 Art Director, Rosenthal Partners, Bethesda, Md. (2003 – 2005)
As an Art Director, conceptualized, designed, and developed Web/interactive designs, ad campaigns, collateral, videos, and direct mailers. Also directed photo shoots, did video editing, digital imaging, and illustration. Some clients included: The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, The International Spy Museum, Winchester Homes, Tax Analysts, Second Genesis, Friedman Billings Ramsey Investment Bank, Next Day Blinds, Mamsi Health Plans, Mastercraft Interiors, Primus Communications/Lingo, Sunrise Senior Living, and Tyson’s Corner Center.


Verville, Sarah. The Business Side of Creativity Workbook. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2011.  

Verville, Sarah (Spring, 2009). Metamorphosis: Becoming Communications Entrepreneurs. Maryland Communication Association Newsletter, 13-14. 

Lupton, Ellen and Jennifer Phillips (Eds.). Graphic design: The New Basics. Princeton Architectural Press, 2008. (contributed content)



Advanced Interactive Studio, Advanced Web Design, Web Design I, Web Design II, Typography in Motion, Portfolio Development, Design Theory IV: Media and Message, Introduction to Computer Graphics, Fundamentals of Digital Media, and the One-Credit-Option for Communications Design I. Guest lectured on interactive design careers and gave a workshop on online portfolios. Instructed students in typography across media, graphic design theory, interactive media, social media and blog design, time-based media design, branding, networking, and portfolio design. Taught Flash, Action Script, HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, Content Management Systems (CMS), Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects.


Marlboro Gallery Exhibition (2015)
Exhibition of my original artwork Mother’s Milk, a data visualization piece, at the Marlboro Gallery Exhibition at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md.  

Help-Portrait Baltimore Exhibition (2014 – 2015)
Co-curated the Help-Portrait Baltimore Exhibition in the School of Design Gallery at Stevenson University, Owings Mill, Md. Spoke at opening reception on Nov. 6th.  

Art Faculty Exhibition
Light Lace—Part 1: Long Exposure Photography and Part 2: Motion Graphics , 2011; Fox Hill—Logo Design, Identity Pieces, Branding, and Promotional Material, 2012; Grand Pas De Chat—Illustration and Publication, Better Collaboration—Rotoscoped Video and Flash Animation, 2013; Mother’s Milk—Data Visualization, 2014  

The Urban Forest Project, Washington DC (2011)
Designed the 27x96 outdoor banner Together for inclusion in juried public art exhibition. Banner exhibited on the intersection of New York Avenue and 11th Street NW.

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