Dr. Bethanie Irons will join Stephens College this fall as assistant professor and program chair of Communication Design. Irons earned a B.F.A. in Art from the University of South Dakota and M.F.A. in Art from the University of Missouri. She also earned a Ph.D. in Art Education from the University of Missouri with an emphasis on higher education and teaching with technology.

"I'm an artist and educator who is passionate about creative expression and its power in cultivating social change and personal growth," Irons said.

"At Stephens College, I'm looking forward to empowering and guiding students in creating authentic, innovative work that expands their worldview and prepares them to become future design leaders."

"We're thrilled to have Dr. Iron's leadership for our Communication Design program," said Dr. Leslie Willey, vice president for Academic Affairs and interim dean of the School of Arts + Humanities.

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