Get-To-Know a Broncho

Sam Washburn, Assistant Professor, Design

What is your background?

I’ve worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for the past decade or so and started teaching about 5 years ago. I’m an illustration fanatic and have done research in the field as well as produced work for clients like The New York Times, Reader’s Digest and Scientific
American. My work has been recognized by associations like Communication Arts, American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators and the American Advertising Federation.
I started teaching to be an advocate for illustration and design and am proud to be part of a fantastic team here at UCO.

Tell me how you first got involved at UCO. 

I came to UCO to pursue an MFA in Graphic Design a few years ago and was fortunate enough to join as an adjunct instructor soon after. As time has passed I’ve climbed up the ranks to become an assistant professor in the School of Design.

What would you say your strongest beliefs are about your contributions to the university?

I’m proud of the work we put in as a faculty during this pandemic under some very challenging circumstances.

What do you do when you are not working?

Spend time with my family and/or exercise.