Muneera Spence

Chair of Graphic Design


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Collaborative interdisciplinary teaching and learning methodologies. Curriculum design processes


  • MFA Yale University
  • BFA West Virginia State University


As Chair of our Graphic Design program, Muneera is obviously passionate about graphic design and more importantly about how our students learn. A seasoned educator, Muneera’s research focuses on learning mechanisms, encouraging team work and leadership, all essential skills for budding graphic designers.  As well as chairing at VCUQatar, Muneera has also founded a Qatar Foundation Radio program called Design Edition so she share her design knowledge even further amongst Qatar's growing design community

Muneera U. Spence has a MFA from Yale University in Graphic Design, and has taught undergraduate and graduate levels for 24 years. She has led the Graphic Design program at SUNY New Paltz, Faculty of Graphic Design at University of Florida and at Oregon State University. She has been Chair of the Department of Graphic Design at VCUQatar since 2006 and has participated in and led conference development and implementations, including Tasmeem Doha 2011: SYNAPSE: Designer as Link and Icograda Design Week: Mousharaka: Collaboration in 2009 and was moderator for Tasmeem 2007 and 2008. She has been the co-founder and co-host for a Qatar Foundation Radio program: Design Edition.

Her interest lies in understanding mechanisms of teaching and learning especially pertaining to design education in the international context. Her experience is manifested in USA, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and now in Qatar.

Her funded research interests are in developing collaborative interdisciplinary teaching and learning, while her focus is in developing curricular design processes. Recent research interests include human logic mapping as a precursor to mutual cultural understanding. She has developed a repertoire of facilitation methodologies that seek to engage team work and leadership in organizations. She has presented on these topics at numerous international conferences. Her professional work in Graphic Design constitutes a wide range of projects. Muneera’s personal work explores mixed medium focusing on issues pertaining to the family in a multicultural context. Her recent works involve the passage of time and the concept of impermanence and change.

Research Interests

  • Collaborative working methodologies, team building and facilitation methodologies
  • Collaborative team-teaching methods
  • Outcome based critique methodologies
  • Teaching and learning in a diverse multicultural context: methods and processes
  • Facilitation and moderation in group culture development methodologies
  • Curricular development methodologies
  • Research in “Logic Mapping” seeking to develop visual tools to enable understanding of cultural and personal differences in logic development and communication.


Conferences Presentations

  1. Presentation in “Stars of Science” reality television production, “Collaborative Processes and The Power of Collaboration”, March 2009
  2. New Views 2, London, England, Responsive curricular and shifting paradigms, July 2008
  3. Icograda Design Congress, Daegu, Korea, Mousharaka: Icograda Design week in Qatar, July 2008
  4. Icograda Design Congress, Havana, Cuba, Mousharaka: Icograda Design week in Qatar, October 2007
  5. CAA New York, Collaborative Methods and Strategies: A case study in community awareness, February 2007
  6. AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists), National Design Education Conference: Revolution: Philadelphia, Graphic Design Collaborative Processes: A course in Collaboration. Moderator: Interdisciplinary Projects 1, June 2005
  7. AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists), Regional Design Educators Conference: Schools of Thought II, Pasadena, California. Interdisciplinary Collaborations at Oregon State University, Presenter and Panelist. Publication in conference proceedings and on-line publication, March 2005
  8. AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists) National Education Conference: Future History, Chicago IL Interdisciplinary Teaching in Central Asia: Interrogation of the Human Condition through the Visual Arts via voice of Graphic Designer Presenter and Publication of paper in conference proceedings and on-line, September 2004
  9. International Humanities Conference: Common Ground, Italy, Interdisciplinary Teaching in Central Asia: Interrogation of the Human Condition through the Visual Arts, Presenter and Publication of paper in conference proceedings and on-line publication (2006), July 2004
  10. CAA College Art Association Conference, Seattle, WA, USA, Reinventing Design Education, Presenter and paper publication in conference proceedings and on-line publication. Theory of Creative Collaborations: Course in Collaborative Processes Concept, structure, and findings, CAA, February 2004
  11. AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists) Regional Educators Conference, Seattle, WA Educating the Designer: Learning to Teach Design/Teaching to Learn Design Presenter and co-presenter, On-line publication.
    Changing Undergraduate Curriculum Models in the 21st Century: A Case Study Presentation of the re-design process and curricular innovations embedded in the new Graphic Design curriculum at OSU, J Bowers, M Spence, J Nettleton, and P Mazzucca
    Collaborated on Presentation of curriculum and Introduction to Graphic Design: I presented section on Collaborative Processes, 2003
  12. AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists) Educators Regional Conference: Educating the Design Educator, Interdisciplinary Teaching in Central Asia: A case study Presenter and on-line publication, San Francisco, CA, 2002


Juried: Regional Group Shows2008 VCUQatar Juried exhibition:

  1. VCUQatar, Faculty Exhibition, Meanderings, 2007
  2. Printmaking: Monoprints Benton County Historical Museum, Philomath, OR. Dreaming, Snake Dancing, Nymph, body prints, painting, drawing, 2005
  3. Pieces of Paper: Contemporary paper art. Benton County Historical Museum, Philomath, OR, group show. Living without touch, Treading softly, Forrest walking, Body—Paintings, 2004
  4. OSU Faculty Exhibition: Hult Center for Performing Arts, Jacobs Gallery, Eugene, OR., Dreaming, Siblings, Back-Walking, Body Prints, sewn and collaged, 2002

Non-Juried Group Exhibitions

  1. Faculty Exhibition, Fairbanks Gallery, OSU Re-Purposed books, Snake dancing, Nymph, Body—Image, body prints, painting, drawing Stories, concrete poetry drawings, Images of Loss, constructions, photography, drawing, 2006,04,03,02,01
  2. OSU Center for Humanities; An exhibition of Photographs from Central Asia; Making Eye Contact, Autzen House, Curated and exhibited works, including 2 public lectures, 2002
  3. U of F Faculty Exhibition, Harm Museum of Art, University of Florida, Images of Loss, constructions with photography, drawings, 1994,1995
  4. Family Spaces and Places series, constructions, 1993
  5. New Paltz Faculty Exhibitions, College Art Gallery, SUNY New Paltz, 1991, 1992
  6. Concrete Poetry, drawings and collage, 1990
  7. Day in my Life, constructions with photography, 1986, 1987
  8. Family Matters series, Constructions and collage, 1984, 1985
  9. Curated exhibition and exhibited my work at Dutchess Community College, “Four Yale Designers”, 1984