Jarred Elrod is a proud citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, a practicing Graphic Designer, and an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Florida. His primary area of research is developing cross-discipline methodologies to enhance creative potential and mental resiliency in design students and practicing professionals. Elrod is particularly interested in the intersection of the creative process and performance psychology and is currently collaborating with his partner, a practicing Psychologist on a joint-initiative they call The Creative Performer (creativeperformer.co). As a practitioner, Elrod works on client-based and self-initiated projects primarily situated in the areas of social justice advocacy, higher education and theatre. Elrod received his B.F.A. in Graphic Design from West Texas A&M University and his M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee. He has taught as a Visiting Professor of Graphic Design and Illustration at Gaungxi Arts Institute in Nanning, China and his work has been featured in HOW Magazine, the Texas Biennial, the Bolivia International Poster Biennial, the Uruguay International Poster Festival, and more. When he’s not teaching or making, he can be found on ambitious, coffee-fueled road trips with his with his spouse and their Labrador Retriever.