Above: Joel Mason (right), chair of the Department of Advertising Design and Graphic Arts, New York City College of Technology (NYCCT), is congratulated by Lloyd Carr, director of the graphic arts program at NYCCT, upon his receipt of the “Person of the Year” award from the Printing Teachers Guild of New York. Below: Mason and the Guild’s 2008 Teacher Honorees, Neil Forde and John Fiore. Both are instructors at the High School of Graphic Communication Arts in Manhattan.
Last night, the chair of a degree-granting graphics program that enrolls more than 1,100 students was hailed as “Person of the Year” by the Printing Teachers Guild of New York, a 76-year-old organization for graphic educators. The honoree, Joel Mason, chairs the Department of Advertising Design and Graphic Arts, New York City College of Technology (NYCCT), a unit of the City University of New York (CUNY).
The Guild saluted Mason for his role in making the department the largest academic program of its kind in the New York-metro area. He also was praised for his efforts to promote careers in graphic communications in partnership with high schools and prospective employers. (Mason and the department were profiled in an interview for WhatTheyThink’s Education Week series in 2006.)
Mason has chaired NYCCT’s Department of Advertising Design and Graphic Arts since 1988. He began teaching at the college as an adjunct instructor in 1977 and has been a full-time member of the faculty since 1979. The holder of a BFA from The Cooper Union and an MFA from Hunter College, Mason also founded a design firm serving clients in the public and private sectors. He is the current president of the New York Chapter of the American Printing History Association.
In his acceptance remarks, Mason said that the future success of graphic communications education requires instructors to understand the impact of accelerating technological change upon the industry. He also called upon educators to form career-nurturing partnerships with other schools and with industry leaders “who recognize the critical importance of educating the workforce of the future—and who are willing to support our efforts.”
Also saluted by the Guild as Teacher Honorees were John Fiore and Neil Forde, longtime instructors at the High School of Graphic Communication Arts (GCA), a public school known for many years as the New York School of Printing. Both men are graduates of New York City public high schools, and both earned degrees from CUNY. Forde has retired; Fiore recently announced his intention to do the same after more than 30 years of teaching at GCA.