Jess Paik, MEd


Adjunct Professor, Department of Design

Jess Paik, MEd, specialized in visual art and design at a conservatory school from the 7th to 12th grade, and continued her college education at the Rhode Island School of Design. Since 2009, she freelanced as a designer, and worked as an arts educator for museums and after-school programs. Combining her passions for art, design and education, she procured her Master’s in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Currently, Paik continues to research visual literacy and design in education as an assistant professor and program director for the user experience design master’s program at the Azusa Pacific University (APU). She also continues to work professionally and remotely as a graphic designer for Stanford Health Care’s Blood Center to keep The unique collaboration between her teaching and professional careers work hand-in-hand to develop collaborative educational opportunities for budding designers! Samples of Artwork: Publications/Exhibitions/Awards/Recognitions: Fulbright Research Grant 2013-2014 Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, 2009


  • BFA, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), 2013
  • MEd, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2016


  • Human-centered Design certificate
  • Power Yoga Teacher Training Certificate

Academic Area

  • School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of the Arts)


  • Design
  • Fine Arts

Courses Taught

  • DSGN 282 - Digital Design
  • DSGN 384 - Interactive Design
  • DSGN 503 - Research & Design Proc Methods
  • DSGN 516 - Interactive Narrative/Story
  • DSGN 514 - UX Research A/B Testing
  • DSGN 515 - Innovation Design