Picture of Mara with long curly grey hair sitting on a red chair turned backwards.

Letting my hair go grey in 2016. Loving not having to run to the hairdressers for coloring. Hoping it gets even more silvery! Photo by Sarah Fulmer-Ignash of S.E. Fulmer Photography.

I’m a professor of art and design at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. I am an educator, artist, writer and perpetual student. My strongest interests are in cross-cultural design and cultural (and visual) anthropology. At Mott, and until August 2014, I ran the Graphic Design degree program which I developed in 1997-98 and then continuously improved and adapted over the years with the incredible support and insights of my colleagues. Since September 2014, I have been based at the Center for Teaching & Learning at Mott Community College as their faculty director, supporting professional development for faculty and staff at the college.

As one who seeks out opportunities to address the intersections of art and society, I also believe strongly in the value of experiential and service learning as important tools for student engagement and success. When students can see the connection between the classroom and the community, they begin to develop a deeper appreciation for their learning experience.

As a multi-dimensional artist, my interests more recently have been at the intersection of visual art, form, and narrative, especially in the creative space of artist’s books. Some of these may be found at www.lookinglassdesign.com in the fine arts section.

Below is a brief resume and list of accomplishments. For a full CV, feel free to contact me at emjayfulmer@me.com.


Ed.D., Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan
Doctorate in Community College Leadership
October 2014

MFA in Studio Art/Graphic Design, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 2005

MA in Advertising Design, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, 1996

BA in Fine Arts Photography, 2nd field in Journalism, SUNY-Albany, Albany, New York, 1982
Commercial Art core program, Sage Colleges, Albany, New York, 1981-82

Professional Experience:

Faculty Director for the Center for Teaching & Learning, Mott Community College, Flint, Michigan (Also continuing as Professor in Art & Design).
August 2014 to present

Professor/Program Coordinator in Graphic Design, Mott Community College, Flint, Michigan. Original Program Developer for Graphic Design.
July 1997 to August 2014

  • Acting Art Department Coordinator, January-December 2006

Art Director/Snr Graphic Artist/Snr Photographer, University Media Centre, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji Islands

  • Adjunct Lecturer in Journalism, January 1994-July 1997
  • Acting Director, Media Centre, February-March 1994, December 1996-February 1997

Art Director, Educational Communications Center, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, New York

Adjunct Professor, Graphic Design, Sage Colleges, Albany, New York
January 1988-August 1989

Design & Production Consultant (freelance), misc. clients in book and magazine publishing.
March 1986-February 1987

Magazine Production Supervisor, National Trade Publications, Inc., Latham, New York
September 1983-March 1986


Consultancy & Contract Work:

See Looking Glass Design – Design Gallery.


Artwork & Exhibition Photos:

See Art Gallery.


Read some previous writing:

See Writings & Musings.

Acknowledgement: It is important to acknowledge that all opinions expressed here in this blog are mine – Mara Jevera Fulmer. This is NOT an official Department of State website or blog, and the views and information presented here are my own and do not represent the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, nor are they the opinions of my employer, Mott Community a College. Thank you! – Mara Jevera Fulmer, Ed.D, MFA, MA * May 2012.

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