Dennis Cheatham is a design researcher, educator, and practitioner and is currently an Associate Professor of Communication Design at Miami University. He has fifteen years of professional design experience as a creative director, graphic, interaction, and service designer and has worked in agency, in-house, corporate, non-profit and freelance environments with and for organizations including Southwest Airlines, HKS Architects, Cook Children’s Hospital, Water is Basic and public broadcasting television station, KERA. Dennis received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design and Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Texas Tech University in 1998 and his Master of Fine Arts in Applied Design Research from the University of North Texas in 2013.
Dennis’s research is focused on how design thinking, processes, and outcomes affect and are influenced by human perception, behavior, and actions through a synthesis of social science methodologies, rhetorical criticism, and design thinking, processes and outcomes. This work balances field research, analysis, and research writing with co-creating design solutions with people groups.