About Me / CV

Hi, I’m James.  Thanks for reading.

I’m currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Media Design.

I recently completed my Doctorate at Creighton University, where my research interests included communicating leadership, non-traditional leadership models, subversive leadership, language, and technology. My  dissertation title is Teacher as Leader: A Gestalt Pedagogical Approach to Career and Technical Programs in Postsecondary Education.”

As a teacher, I’m excited to share my work experience and research with my students.  I have taught a wide range of courses in communication, including Public Speaking, Media and Society, Mass Media Communications, Web Design (I-III), Typography, Design/Digital Media Fundamentals,  and Multimedia Production, among others.

I currently live in Columbus, OH with my partner and my big hairy dog.  I love food and really enjoy good bourbon.

Curriculum Vitae


Assistant Professor, Digital Media Design,
August 2018-Present
Adjunct Faculty, Digital Media Design,
June 2014-August, 2018
Central Ohio Technical College, Newark, OH

    • Course(s) taught: Mass Media Communication, Interactive Publishing, Mobile Web Development, Web Development Levels 1-3, Software Fundamentals, Graphic Design, Digital Media Practicum/Internship
    • Facilitated “College Aspire” summer workshop course in photography and digital multimedia

Adjunct Faculty, Communications/Graphic Design
Southern New Hampshire University,
College of Online and Continuing Education, Manchester, NH
April 2017-October 2018

• Course(s) taught/prepared to teach: Desktop Publishing, Graphics and Layout in Print Media, Basic and Advanced Digital Graphic Design for Web

General Education Faculty
Hondros College of Nursing, Westerville, OH
June 2016-July 2018

    • Provide in-classroom communication instruction for students enrolled in the Associates in Nursing program
  • Course(s) taught: Public Speaking

Adjunct Faculty, Communications
Capital University, Columbus, OH
August 2016-May 2018

  • Course(s) taught: Oral Communication, Media & Society, Interpersonal Communication


Co-Founder and Managing Partner
The Sheepdog Creative Group/Inquiry Communication Studio, Columbus, Ohio (merged in 2010)

  • Participate in and manage day-to-day operations of full-service creative firm; serve as primary business manager, interactive lead, and creative director
  • Duties include strategic planning, creative/art direction, content creation, copy writing/editing, web design/development, and technical support
  • Notable clients: Walsh Jesuit High School, St. Ignatius High School, Crimson Cup Coffee, The University of Washington, American Greetings/Learning Horizons, Lake Erie Shores and Islands, North Coast Health Ministry, Covenant House Academies, Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Account Service Coordinator
Trumpet Advertising, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Assisted in the creation and management of client campaigns, provided administrative support, strategic planning, and served as client/agency liaison
  • Notable clients: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Louisiana Tobacco Free Living


Ed.D., Interdisciplinary Leadership
Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
December, 2018

  • Dissertation title: Teacher as Leader: A Gestalt Pedagogical Approach to Career and Technical Programs in Postsecondary Education

M.A., Communication & Leadership
Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
May, 2015 

  • Nominated for Top Thesis Award, National Communication Association
  • 4.0 cumulative GPA
  • Member, Lambda Pi Eta : National Communication Association Honor Society

B.A., Communication (Advertising)
Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana
May, 2004

  • Named “Top 10 Senior” for outstanding contributions to Loyola community
  • University Programming Board President and Marketing Coordinator
  • AAF Student AdClub Chapter President/NSAC plans book director & presenter
  • Received numerous student ADDYs and awards from NACA, ACUI


Jarc, J. (2018). Internet slang; Net neutrality. In Sage Encyclopedia of the Internet. Warf, B. (Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Jarc, J. (2017). Media ecology education: Podcasts as multimodal demonstrations of learning. Explorations in Media Ecology, 16(2&3).

Jarc, J., & Garwood, T. (2017). Benevolent subversion: Graffiti, street art, and the emergence of the anonymous leader. In Erenrich, S., & Wergin, J. (Eds.), Grassroots leadership and the arts for social change. Bigley, England: Emerald.

Jarc, J. (2015). Parlance, perception, and power: An inquiry into non-standard language use in digital media [Master’s thesis]. Available from: http://search.proquest.com/docview/1684659688

Jarc, J. (2014). Mobiliteracy: Applying Ong’s psychodynamic characteristics to users of mobile communication technology. Communication Research Trends, 33(1), 21-26.


“Fostering Professionalism in Applied Communication Courses: Making Sense of Dollars and Cents” : GIFTS (Great Ideas for Teaching) Presentation. Ohio Communication Association Conference.  Akron, OH. October, 2018.

“Exploring Non-Leadership in a Global Workplace” Paper Presentation: Gonzaga University Leadership Studies Student Research Symposium. Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. March, 2015

“Mobiliterates: Applying Ong’s Psychodynamics to Mobile Users” Conference Presentation: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the thought of Walter J. Ong, S.J. Gonzaga University. Spokane, WA. February 2014.

“Tools of the Trade: Building a Strong Technology Portfolio” Conference Presentation: Ohio Banker’s League Marketing Conference. Columbus, OH. March, 2013.