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Kimberly Mitchell, MFA

Assistant Professor

School of Design

Kimberly Mitchell is a tenure track Assistant Professor in the School of Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is an experienced designer and an accomplished researcher who has presented her research both nationally and internationally at conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals. Prior to her arrival at UTK, she was a tenured Associate Professor of Visual Communication at Northern Arizona University.

Her multidisciplinary research focuses on the social impact of design, and how by creating awareness, a designer can improve a community’s quality of life. Her work bridges design and gerontology. Her most recent project involves designing an AI robot interface as a conversational partner and monitor in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  


MFA, Graphic Design, Iowa State University

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Visual Communications, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

BFA, Graphic Design, Bradley University