Lead Faculty, Assistant Professor of Art, School of Visual Arts, College of Arts and Architecture
Michael Collins joined the Penn State School of Visual Arts in 2012. He teaches 3D animation, digital design, and digital fabrication. His research interests in open-source technology and sustainable design unite around online education, where he works to identify and solve contemporary issues facing online teaching and learning. Long-term project collaborations include the ELMS Learning Network project and the OER Schema project.
Collins has previously worked on design projects for the NFL, BMW Guggenheim Lab in NYC, and product design for freelance clients. He has attended, presented at, and helped organize a variety of international design, technology, and education conferences and has been a long-time SIGGRAPH volunteer. Collins received his Master of Fine Arts in New Media from Penn State.
Anna Divinsky, MFA
Anna Divinsky is the lead faculty member for the Certificate in Digital Arts program offered by the School of Visual Arts at Penn State. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Studio Arts at the University of Pittsburgh. Teaching face-to-face studio courses informs and inspires her approach to online teaching.
In her work, Divinsky explores relationships between body, nature, and fiber. She uses silk as well as other fiber materials to create paintings and site-specific installations that invite viewers to touch and observe the work on an intimate basis. Obsessive repetitions of pattern and mark-making consistently inform her work. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Divinsky's art is also inspired by the memories of her childhood and immigration to the United States. Divinsky received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts and Art History from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Penn State.
Senior Lecturer, College of Information Sciences and Technology
Gary Heberling joined Penn State in 2000 and is a senior lecturer in the College of Information Sciences and Technology. He teaches a variety of online courses and specializes in database technologies and project management. Prior to teaching for Penn State, Heberling was an IT director for a midsized manufacturing company. He has international teaching experience as a visiting lecturer at Northeastern University in Shenyang, China, and as an assistant director with the SAP-MOE University Competency Center in Beijing, China. He has presented at professional training and seminar events at Penn State, sharing his online teaching approaches. Heberling earned his M.S. degree at the University of Pittsburgh.
Senior Lecturer, Journalism
Will Yurman, an award-winning and innovative photojournalist with more than two decades of professional experience, joined the Department of Journalism in January 2011. Before coming to Penn State, he worked 10 years as a staff photographer and multimedia producer for the Rochester, New York, Democrat and Chronicle. He previously worked for The Observer Dispatch in Utica, New York, as a photo editor, and Gannett Rochester Newspapers as a staff photographer.
Yurman worked for three years as a freelance editorial photographer in Jerusalem, providing images for outlets such as the Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, and The Washington Post. His work also appeared in Newsweek, Time, and many other publications.
For the past decade, he has been a leader in moving traditional newspaper photography from its traditional print base into the world of multimedia. He has taught at Rochester Institute of Technology and served as a lecturer at numerous professional workshops.