Trudy Abadie

Trudy Abadie

Trudy Abadie

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

"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."


"Receiving emails or letters from former students letting me know I made a difference in their lives."

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

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

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

Courses Taught

  • GRDS 201 Introduction to Graphic Design
  • GRDS 205 Typography I
  • GRDS 348 Graphic Design Studio I
  • GRDS 353 Typography II
  • GRDS 358 Production Design
  • GRDS 376 Business Practices for Graphic Design
  • GRDS 400 Graphic Design Studio II
  • GRDS 408 Graphic Design Portfolio
  • GRDS 705 Design Methodologies
  • GRDS 709 Typography Studio I
  • GRDS 715 Print Studio I
  • GRDS 730 3-D Graphics Studio
  • GRDS 748 Graphic Design M.A. Final Project
  • GRDS 773 Portfolio Design
  • GRDS 779F Graduate Field Internship
  • GRDS 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
  • GRDS 791 Graphic Design M.F.A. Thesis
  • GRDS 792 Graphic Design M.F.A. Visual Thesis