Dennis Cheatham is an Assistant Professor of Communication Design and is Graduate Director of the Experience Design MFA at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, United States. His research is people-driven—focusing on ways design thinking, processes, and outcomes affect and are influenced by human perception, emotion, behavior, and actions. He explores how co-creating end-of-life choices can facilitate meaningful resources for underserved populations; how a multiple intelligences approach to design education impacts learning and development; and how rhetoric and semantics in design affect aspirations and goals. He is responsible for teaching design courses in the College of Creative Arts at Miami University in experience design, design research, communication, and interaction design. Prior to his academic appointment, he practiced design professionally for fifteen years as a creative director, graphic, interaction, and experience designer at agencies, in-house, and non-profit organizations mostly in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area.
Dennis has worked with and for organizations including Southwest Airlines, HKS Architects, Irving Bible Church, Cook Children’s Hospital, Water is Basic and public broadcasting television station, KERA. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Applied Design Research from the University of North Texas as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Texas Tech University.