Trudy Abadie

  • B.A., communications/advertising, Loyola University, 1990
  • M.F.A., graphic design, SCAD, 1993
  • Ed.D., educational leadership, University of North Florida

As a designer and design manager I knew the importance of guiding, coaching and mentoring as you help others develop skills and find their voice. When the opportunity to teach came up, I knew I could make a difference.

Trudy Abadie | Graphic design professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Nomination, Excellence in Distance Education Award, (USDLA); nomination, Dean Collins Photoshop World Educational Scholarship; Distinguished Educator Award, The Instructional Technology Council (ITC); Educator of the Year Award, University of North Florida, student government ; Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 8th and 9th Editions; The Art Institute of Tampa Bravo Award for Outstanding Service ; The United Student Forum/SCAD-Outstanding Service to the Student Body Award


National Art Education Association; Mid-South Educational Research Association; Pi Lambda Theta, International Honor Society and Professional Association of Education; SECAC; AIGA; Jacksonville Marketing and Advertising Club; Tampa Bay Advertising Federation

Previous Positions

Design management and print design experience in giftware, stationery, medical, dental, manufacturing, and non-profits; freelance designer and consultant; design educator and department chair

Publications and presentations

  • "Let's Have a Live Crit: An Introduction to the Importance of Current Technology in Distance Courses," 6th Annual Designs on eLearning Conference, Savannah, Georgia
  • "The Changing Faces of Graphic Design," Museum of Contemporary Art
  • "Using Parallel Analysis to Determine the Number of Components to Extract in Principal Components Analysis," Mid-South Educational Research Association Conference
  • "High-Stakes Portfolio Assessment in Undergraduate Graphic Design Programs," Measuring Unique Studies Effectively Conference
  • "Re-evaluate Graphic Design in the Digital World," co-presenter with David Begley, assistant professor, University of North Florida, SECAC
  • "Creating a Design Curriculum in a Dynamic Environment Session-Part II," co-chair with David Begley, assistant professor, University of North Florida, SECAC
  • "Résumé Layout Tips for Fine Artists," co-presenter with artist Louise Freshman Brown, University of North Florida
  • "The Role of Distance Education in Brick and Mortar Graphic Design Programs," roundtable moderator at AIGA Intent/Content Education Conference
  • "Typography-Taking Type to the Next Level," virtual presentation to graphic design seniors, Pitt Community College