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Hancock native to lead graphic design program at FinnU

August 16, 2016

Finlandia University has hired Tom Adolphs as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. Adolphs is a Hancock native that is just about finished with his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University.

Tom Adolphs“Being able to work here is a dream come true,” said Adolphs. “I enjoy being in this town, and adding to it.”

Adolphs also earned his master’s degree from Michigan Tech after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Northern Michigan University. After graduating with his BFA, he hosted an exhibit at Finlandia’s Reflection Gallery in 2011.

Adolphs taught more than six courses during his time at Michigan Tech, and served as an adjunct at FinnU for the last year. He was recognized as an outstanding teacher at Michigan Tech in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 by the College of Science and Arts, and in 2011 and 2014 he received an honorary award from the College of Science and Arts graduate program for his teaching.

Adolphs will serve as advisor and leader of Finlandia’s graphic design program.

“Coming from a small community, I thought it was fascinating that even when you’re isolated, graphics are just sort of all around us,” said Adolphs. “How to create that, and influence the way people think and act is really a powerful art form, and it’s something I look forward to bringing to Finlandia.”

Adolphs can be reached at tom.adolphs@finlandia.edu. Learn more about Finlandia’s graphic design program at finlandia.edu/graphic-design.

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