Member, NASAD Commission on Accreditation
Elected October 2017, term ends October 2020
Matthew S. Gaynor currently serves as the Head of the Art Department at Kansas State University. His leadership portfolio includes having served as Interim Director of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Art and Design and serving for five years as Associate Dean for faculty affairs for the College of Architecture and the Arts at UIC. In this role, he shepherded the reorganization of the College’s academic units and served on campus committees that shaped the three most recent major campus policy initiatives on diversity, assessment, and mentoring. He began his teaching career at the University of Kansas, and also held teaching positions at California State University at San Bernardino and the University of Cincinnati. In 1999, he took a hiatus from teaching and served as creative director for F+W Publications before returning to academia at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At UIC, Professor Gaynor taught at all levels of the curriculum and developed courses in introductory graphic design and photography for designers.
Professor Gaynor has won numerous awards for his design work, which is focused on the intersection of type and image, and he continues his practice of typographic design, as well as new modes of photographic portraiture.
Professor Gaynor was first elected to the Commission in 2016 to serve a one-year term. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Yale University.
Updated November 2017