Vanessa Joyner

Vanessa Joyner

Title: Associate Professor of Instruction
Department: Communication
Building: CAS 224
Phone: 903.566.7301


  • Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania:  M.F.A. in Art, Graphic Design (2007). Thesis Publication: “Hidden Treasures” Exploring the History, Appeal, and Treasures of the Outdoor Market.
  • University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri:  B.A. in Studio Art, Painting emphasis (1981).
  • Florissant Valley Community College, Florissant, Missouri: A.A. of Arts in Graphic Communication (1995).


Ms. Vanessa Joyner joined the Department of Communication at the University of Texas at Tyler as a Senior Lecturer in Journalism. She is responsible for teaching design courses that include publications design, visual design, web design, brand identity design and computer software applications. For the last three years she has also served as Advisor for the UT Tyler Debate Team. 

Prior to moving to Tyler, Ms. Joyner was a graphic designer for over 20 years with AT&T Yellow Pages in St. Louis, Missouri. For five years, she taught graphic design courses as an lecturer at the University of Missouri St. Louis. Ms. Joyner has an M.F.A. in Art with an emphasis in graphic design from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Ms. Joyner initiated and wrote the proposal to bring a Graphic Design Minor to the University of Texas at Tyler. The proposal was accepted and as of Fall 2014, the new Graphic Design Minor has begun. It has been well received by the students. 

She recently participated in the Hunger for Peace Visual Art Exhibition at the Tyler Museum of Art. This exhibition was presented by The 2014 Art of Peace Festival Tyler. See write-up

She also has a record of very strong community involvement. 

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