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Kyle Herges, MFA

Assistant Professor, Chairman Digital Media & Design

For review towards tenure & promotion to Associate Professor.
Submission Date: January 2017

Teaching

Teaching philosophy: I believe everyone is born with creativity. Pushing students to creatively test themselves and take risks that prepare them to function effectively and efficiently in a competitive, ever-changing, discipline is my goal. I strive to challenge within an open atmosphere that promotes communication, teamwork, curiosity and creative criticism.

I promote thinking differently and I fully understand that everyone learns differently. My role is to educate students and act as another resource in their quest for more information. Project based classes not only get students engaged but they also prepare them for life after college. Individual projects allow for self-expression while putting communication and troubleshooting solely on one person. Team projects promote internal communication and teamwork, while offering inspiration for both process and design.

Teaching allows me to not only use all the different technologies and disciplines I am passionate about but it also allows me to stay informed of industry trends and best practices that are ever-changing. While education is a professional shift, I am no stranger to learning. Children learn from parents. Parents learn from children. Students learn from teachers and teachers learn from students. Learning new strategies, philosophies, technologies and lessons are all part of life and I don’t believe we ever stop learning.

Below are class evaluations from all courses as well as a syllabus from each. Feel free to browse.

Feedback: The following are quotes from students (majors and non majors), peers and supervisors. Hover over icon to read quote.

Sharleen Wipf, Student
Madi Miller, Student
Dylan Lynde, Student
Mito Mendivil, Student
Taylor Spence, Student
Mason Cahoy, Student
Ann Thury, Student
Brady Wohler, Student
Anthony Fontenot, Student
Erin Croucher, Student
Amber Hiles, Graduate
Briana Weiss, Graduate
Natalie Munger, Graduate
Brian Butterfield, Pixel Pines
Dr. Redder, Dean
Dr. Novak, President

Service

Alzheimer's Association
Advocate and spokesman for Alzheimer's Awareness.
Club Adviser
Run as an agency, Dark Lab Designs is a student design club on campus. The goal of the club is to give students more exposure to design as a business. Students complete work for paying clients and in return recieve compensation as well as portfolio work.
Comprehensive Curricular Review Taskforce
Comprehensive review of general education and outcomes for graduates. Currently serving on the skills sub task force.
Digital Media & Design
Chairman, Academic Adviser, Recruiter, Adjunct Manager
DWU Supporter
Atheltics, plays, speakers, donar, etc.
Holy Family Church
Active Member
MHS / MCTEA Visual Arts Advisory Board
Chairman of the board, advising MHS faculty and students in trends, critiques, and news related to art and design.
Partnership Director
Maintaining partnership with Innovative Systems. Innovative Systems trains and hires both interns as well as full time employees in the field of user interface design, user experience design and interaction design.
Partnership Director
Software partnership with the Mitchell School District saving the DMD department over $3500 per year in software expenses.
Service Day Committee
Active Member
Social Media Specialist
Created and maintains the Digital Media and Design Facebook Page
Thanksgiving Dinner Committee Member
Coordinate, setup, tear down, and design for the Thanksgiving Dinner with students.
Teaching and Learning Strategies Committee
Active Member
Present
Agency Tour
Fresh Produce agency tour with students. Sioux Falls, SD.
Agency Tour
Epicocity agency tour with students. Sioux Falls, SD.
Alzheimer's Association
Advocate and spokesman for Alzheimer's Awareness.
Club Adviser
Run as an agency, Dark Lab Designs is a student design club on campus. The goal of the club is to give students more exposure to design as a business. Students complete work for paying clients and in return recieve compensation as well as portfolio work.
Digital Media & Design
Chairman, Academic Adviser, Recruiter, Adjunct Manager
DWU Supporter
Atheltics, plays, speakers, donar, etc.
Hiring Committee
Volunteered for the Director of IT hiring committee.
Holy Family Church
Active Member
MHS / MCTEA Visual Arts Advisory Board
Chairman of the board, advising MHS faculty and students in trends, critiques, and news related to art and design.
Partnership Director
Maintaining partnership with Innovative Systems. Innovative Systems trains and hires both interns as well as full time employees in the field of user interface design, user experience design and interaction design.
Partnership Director
Software partnership with the Mitchell School District saving the DMD department over $3500 per year in software expenses.
Rank & Tenure Committee
Active Member
Service Day
Photographer
Service Day Committee
Active Member
Service Day t-shirt contest
Director
Social Media Specialist
Created and maintains the Digital Media and Design Facebook Page
Teaching and Learning Strategies Committee
Active Member
Website Redesign Committee
Active Member
'16
Agency Tour
Lawrence & Schiller agency tour with students. Sioux Falls, SD.
Alzheimer's Association
Advocate and spokesman for Alzheimer's Awareness. Donated 300 books to the South Dakota Alzheimer's Association.
Digital Media & Design
Chairman, Academic Adviser, Recruiter, Adjunct Manager
DWU Supporter
Atheltics, plays, speakers, donar, etc.
Faculty Appreciation
Men's Soccer
Faculty Appreciation
Women's Volleyball
High School Visit
Visited Mitchell High School with Ben Kelly to promote major.
Holy Family Church
Active Member
ENT 224 Shark
Similar to the show Shark Tank, Entrepreneurial Leadership majors pitch an idea to Sharks within class.
Faculty Mentor
Ryan Van Zee
MHS / MCTEA Visual Arts Advisory Board
Chairman of the board, advising MHS faculty and students in trends, critiques, and news related to art and design.
Partnership Director
Maintaining partnership with Innovative Systems. Innovative Systems trains and hires both interns as well as full time employees in the field of user interface design, user experience design and interaction design.
Partnership Director
LBW fifth graders tech & design sessions
Partnership Director
South Dakota School of Mines developers and DWU designers published a collaborative android application
Partnership Director
Miracale Werks - spin off of Helping With Horsepower. Brainchild of Klock Werks. Class projects to help create logos, promotional materials and vehicle wraps.
Service Day
Photographer
Service Day Committee
Active Member
Service Day t-shirt contest
Director
Social Media Specialist
Created and maintains the Digital Media and Design Facebook Page
Student Thanksgiving
Clean-up Crew & Stuffing Specialist
Teaching and Learning Strategies Committee
Active Member
Website Redesign Committee
Active Member
'15
Alzheimer's Association
Advocate and spokesman for Alzheimer's Awareness.
Digital Display
Java City digital display showing DMD work.
Digital Media & Design
Chairman, Academic Adviser, Recruiter
DWU Supporter
Atheltics, plays, speakers, donar, etc.
Holy Family Church
Active Member
International Design For Experience Awards
Dakota Wesleyan University was a semi finalist
Internship Advisor
Briana Weiss, Innovative Systems
Partnership Director
Maintaining partnership with Innovative Systems. Innovative Systems trains and hires both interns as well as full time employees in the field of user interface design, user experience design and interaction design.
ENT 224 Shark
Similar to the show Shark Tank, Entrepreneurial Leadership majors pitch an idea to Sharks within class.
Faculty Appreciation
Men's Soccer
Scrooge Play Poster
Class project to design poster promoting Scrooge.
Service Day
Photographer
Service Day Committee
Active Member
Service Day t-shirt contest
Director
Student Thanksgiving
Clean-up Crew & Refill Specialist
Social Media Specialist
Creates, maintains and recruits the Digital Media and Design Facebook Page
Teaching and Learning Strategies Committee
Active Member
Website Redesign Committee
Active Member
'14
Computer Art and New Media
Chairman, Academic Adviser, Recruiter
Digital Display
Smith Hall digital display showing DMD work.
DWU Supporter
Atheltics, plays, speakers, donar, etc.
ENT 224 Shark
Similar to the show Shark Tank, Entrepreneurial Leadership majors pitch an idea to Sharks within class.
Faculty Appreciation
Men's Soccer
Governor's Giant Vision
Participant
High School Visit
Visited Scotland High School with Natalie Munger to promote major.
Holy Family Church
Active Member
Internship Advisor
Natalie Munger, Innovative Systems
Leadership Kickoff Meeting CapEd
Active Participant
Partnership Director
Created partnership with Innovative Systems. Innovative Systems trains and hires both interns as well as full time employees in the field of user interface design, user experience design and interaction design.
Program Prioritization
Active Member
Program Prioritization
Academic template sub-committee
Scion Motivate Contest
Participant
Speaker
I brought in a professional creative photographer for a class presentation. Josh Wilcoxon was featured on the cover 605 magazine in 2013.
Service Day
Photographer
Service Day Committee
Active Member
Service Day t-shirt contest
Director
Student Thanksgiving
Clean-up Crew, Refill Specialist & Video Director
Teaching and Learning Strategies Committee
Active Member
'13
Academic Technology Committee
Active Member
CHR Solutions
User Interface Designer
Computer Art and New Media
Chairman, Academic Adviser, Recruiter
DWU Canned Food Drive
Donations
DWU Supporter
Atheltics, plays, speakers, donar, etc.
Holy Family Church
Active Member
Student Thanksgiving
Clean-up Crew, Refill Specialist & Video Director
'12

Scholarship

The mission Dakota Wesleyan University strives for perfectly coincides with my aspirations in design and innovation. In order to succeed in this field, one has to be on a 'lifelong intellectual adventure.' Within this section, you will find numerous examples of scholarship and artistic expression within the last five years via presentations, creative work, field studies, consulting, and curricular strategies.

Use the buttons below to filter the content or just scroll through them all. Click the information icon to read a short description. Click the image to enlarge.

The work provided is just a sampling of the larger projects completed.