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First Class Instructors


Noël Anderson


Noël Anderson is a New York/New Orleans-based motion designer and educator, focused on branded content, video art, mixed media installation, and motion theory. She has an MFA in Motion Media from Savannah College of Art and Design, and extensive experience in fine art, arts education and design.

Commercially, Anderson specializes in short format motion graphics for social media campaigns, focusing on narrative content. A large part of her work is dedicated to typography design and motion. Clients and projects include: Moët, VH1, IFC, HULU, Verizon, and HBO.

As an academic and artist, Anderson has a particular interest in studying the creation of photographic Pregnant Moments in the field of motion graphics by implementing slow motion techniques to expand single instances. She explores the possibilities of expressing instances over longer periods of time in her short film, Little Deaths.


Kate Duncan


Kate Duncan brings a wealth of musical and music industry experience to Loyola's School of Music Industry. A musical educator and performer, Kate has spent the decade-plus working in nearly every genre - jazz, funk, pop, opera, and even country. Kate also currently works as a performing musician, vocal jazz arranger, lecturer, and clinician across the country in addition to her duties at Loyola. Kate currently serves as Loyola's Associate Director for the School of Music Industry and Chair for the school's Popular & Commercial Music and Urban & Electronic Music degree programs respectively. Her classroom duties include ensemble direction of two vocal jazz groups: Crescent Collective (SATB Vocal Jazz) and Quarter Tones (SSA Acapella), private voice study, professional development and internship course instruction, Pop. Capstone instruction, Artist Health & Wellness course instruction, and Masterclass direction. Kate is also co- director for Loyola's Paris Study Abroad program; teaching a common curriculum course within that program each summer as well.

In addition to her administrative and classroom assignments, Kate also serves as faculty advisor to Full-Tilt Marketing, a student-operated entrepreneurial group, and is active in several gender equality groups and events, such as: the Not Your Mother's Lecture Series, Girl's Jazz Day, and the Women in Music initiative.


Adam J. Mills


Adam J. Mills is Assistant Professor of Marketing and the Chase Minority Entrepreneurship Professor of Marketing at Loyola University New Orleans. Prior to joining Loyola, Professor Mills previously taught at Babson College, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Oklahoma State University. His research investigates the engineering of customer experience with a focus on branding, service operations and entrepreneurship, and also extends to experiential pedagogy and classroom innovation. His work has been published in academic journals including the Journal of Business Research, Marketing Theory, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Product and Brand Management and Journal of Marketing Education. He has published several teaching cases and textbook chapters, and has presented at conferences across North America and Europe. In 2019, he was a finalist for the Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators Teaching Innovation Competition, and he was awarded the TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014 and the Marketing Management Association Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award in 2013. An advocate of hands-on experiential learning, he teaches marketing strategy, consumer research, services and retailing, and has overseen the launch of more than 65 student start-up businesses. He currently serves as the Chair of the American Marketing Association’s Teaching & Learning Group and on the Board of Directors for the Marketing Educator’s Association.


Justin Nystrom


Justin Nystrom is the Peter J. Cangelosi/BEGGARS Distinguished Professor of History at Loyola University New Orleans where he teaches courses on nineteenth and twentieth century America. His areas of specialization include the American South, oral history, and food culture, and he has created within the History Department a vehicle for individual and student-collaborative digital humanities research called The Documentary and Oral History Studio. Nystrom is the author of two books, New Orleans after the Civil War (2010) and Creole Italian (2018), which was nominated for a 2019 James Beard Foundation Award in scholarship. Nystrom’s other writing appears regularly in both academic and popular journals. He is also the producer of the documentary feature This Haus of Memories (2012) and has himself appeared extensively in documentaries such as Sicily Jass (2015), PBS’s The Italian Americans (2015), and recently, ESPN/SEC Network’s critically acclaimed show about food culture, TrueSouth. He lives in Uptown New Orleans with his wife Jess and his two boys Virgil and Henry, a needy but lovable German Shorthair pointer, and a surprisingly nice yellow cat.


Dr. Aimée K. Thomas


Dr. Aimée K. Thomas is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the Environment Program at Loyola University New Orleans. She promotes environmental awareness by researching the natural history of invertebrate species and effective communication of science through educational outreach and citizen science events. Her primary research focus is local and tropical spiders. Dr. Thomas has been recognized with four prestigious teaching awards including the University Senate Outstanding Teacher and College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching at Loyola. She has also received numerous grants and fellowships totaling more than $800,000 to support her research and teaching endeavors including funding from National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, Entergy, AT&T Foundation, Louisiana Environmental Education Commission, University Bobet Fellowships and Carter grants. Beyond her work at the University, Dr. Thomas has an interest in promoting STEM education and environmental awareness in the community through informal science education programs and research. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Master Naturalist of Greater New Orleans, advisor to New Orleans City Park environmental programs, Louisiana Children’s Museum, and Lake Thoreau Environmental Center, and co-leads tropical ecology study abroad trips to Belize, Guatemala, Brazil, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.