B.A., M.Phil., Jillin University; M.F.A., Ph.D., City University of Hong Kong
Jing Zhang is Assistant Professor of Graphic Design in the Division of Fine and Performing Arts. She primarily teaches Imaging for Graphic Design, Graphic Design Studio, Graphic Design Workshop, Photographic Media, and among others, at Methodist University. Dr. Zhang’s areas of expertise include graphic communication, digital design, multimedia production, animation, healing graphics (incl. Graphic Medicine), and expressive art practice/ therapy. Dr. Zhang’s work is provocative, thoughtful, and exhibits design at its best. Her work embodies what Clive Bell called “aesthetic emotion” and “significant form” in a new and fresh way. Her most recent publications include two book chapters with University Press of Mississippi on comics studies, in 2020 and ca. 2021, respectively. While working at University of Texas system, Dr. Zhang was both a winner of Accessibility Achievement Awards and a nominee of Faculty Excellent Award in service in 2019. She was also an awardee of Procter & Gamble Fund: U.S. Higher Education Grant Program in 2018. Dr. Zhang earned her Ph.D. in Creative Media and M.F.A. (a terminal degree) in Media Design and Technology from the City University of Hong Kong. She became an Adobe China Certified Designer and Macromedia (now Adobe) Qualified Web Designer in 2001. Dr. Zhang also finished her Expressive Art Therapy Summer Institution program from Prescott College (Arizona). She had been conducting Expressive Art Therapy workshops for acute and forensic patients in the Rio Grande State Center, a state hospital of Texas. She also coined the term and had been teaching “Healing Graphics” to humanities students in higher education by U.S.-Mexico border.