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From its early beginnings, American River College has sought out the most qualified and experienced design professionals to provide the best education possible for its students. With the support of the Fine and Applied Arts Division, the Interior Design Department now employs two full time professors and six adjunct faculty members. Our adjunct faculty members are practicing professionals.



Guide to Acronyms: CID- Certified Interior Designer, CKD - Certified Kitchen Designer, CBD - Certified Bath Designer, UDA- Universal Design Alliance, CAPS - Certified Aging in Place Specialist

Fashion/Interior Design Department Co-Chair Professor Donald Earl New, CID
BFA Environmental/Interior Design Otis Art Institute/Parsons School of Design
M.A Instructional Design/Educational Technology University of Central Florida


Professor Marie Kimble Cooley, CID, UDA, CAPS
AA Liberal Arts College of the Sequoias
BA Interior Design CSU, Sacramento
MA Post Secondary Education Curriculum and Instruction CSU, Sacramento
Community College Credentials Interior Design UC, Santa Cruz


Adjunct Faculty

Sondra Meek IKBD
Janet Pazdernik IDEC
Annette Starkey CKD, CBD
Mary O'Brien Yasbek Designer, Project Manager


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Advisory Committee

Our advisory committee is comprised of valuable members of the interior design business community. They play a crucial role in planning, revising and maintaining curricula that help prepare students to meet the challenges they will face in the job market. This committee meets annually to review the course offerings and offer input about industry changes.

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