Dr. Ed Ford, an assistant professor of graphic design and director of the Lucile Parker Gallery at William Carey University, was recently named Carey’s 2015 Humanities Teacher of the Year.
As part of the award, Ford will present a lecture, “Analyzing Leonardo’s Design Methods,” at 1 p.m. on October 21 in the Fail-Asbury Hall auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.
Ford joined the Carey faculty in 2013. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, where he received a bachelor’s degree in art. Ford received his master’s degree in art history from the University of Georgia in 1988 and his doctorate in art history from the University of Oxford in 2002. At Oxford, he studied with Martin Kemp, the world’s leading Leonardo da Vinci scholar.
In addition to his academic career, Ford has 30 years of experience as a commercial artist. He specializes in illustration, graphic design and animation. He currently teaches these subjects, along with art history, at Carey. He has recently added wood carving and pyrography, the art of decorating wood or leather by burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point, to his areas of interest.
A faculty member from each institution of higher learning in the state is selected for the Humanities Teacher of the Year honor each year by the Mississippi Humanities Council, a nonprofit corporation funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines to serve nonprofit groups in the state.