Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC, LMS. Media and culture; Development of non-cognitive social success skills, Comics & Graphic Novels, Interactive Narratives, Games

Darnel Degand

Assistant Professor

Darnel Degand joined the School of Education as an assistant professor in July 2017. He studies the various ways media and society influence the development of social success skills by exploring the social processes that exist within media production environments and media consumption experiences. His research also involves the design and development of educational media products and experiences.

Before joining UC Davis, Professor Degand amassed nearly two decades of professional experience as an interactive media producer. A sampling of his resume includes roles as a multimedia designer at the City University of New York’s Queensborough Community College, as a game designer/developer for Sesame Workshop and as a technical development manager for an online advertising firm acquired by Amazon.

Research Interests

Social Success, Comics & Graphic Novels, Interactive Narratives, Educational Technology & Media, Games, Culturally Relevant Media Production

Education

Ed.D. (2013) Teachers College Columbia University
Instructional Technology & Media

M.S. (2002) New York University
Digital Imaging & Design

B.S.E. (2000) University of Pennsylvania
Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics

Publications

Journal Articles

Degand, D. (in press). Introducing critical race media literacy in an undergraduate education course about technology and arts-based inquiry. International Journal of Multicultural Education

Degand, D. (2020). Brotherman, parents, & legacies: Recognizing the contributions of African American independent comic book writers and artists. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 10(1), 1-21, DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.203

Degand, D. (2019). Stereotypes vs. strategies for digital media artists: The case for culturally relevant media production, Theory Into Practice, 58(4), 368-376, DOI: 10.1080/00405841.2019.1626617

Degand, D. (2015). A phenomenological multi-case study about social success skills, aspirations, and related media experiences. The Qualitative Report, 20(6), 872-900.

Book Chapters

Degand, D. (2021). Tackling Stereotypes: Portrayals of Black NFL athletes on The CW’s The Game and HBO’s Ballers. In Brackett, L. (Eds), Working While Black: Essays on Television Portrayals of African American Professionals since 1990. North Carolina: McFarland Press

Vikaros, L. & Degand, D. (2010). Moral development through social narratives and game design. In Schrier, K. & Gibson, D. (Eds), Ethics and Game Design: Teaching Values through Play (pp. 197-215). Hershey, PA & New York, NY: Information Science Reference.

Courses Taught

University of California, Davis 

Research on Response to Culturally Diverse Literature
Culturally Relevant Media Experiences & Teaching
American Society, Media, & Perspectives on Social Success
Learning in the Digital Age

Teachers College Columbia University 

Advanced Theory & Programming of Interactive Media 

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

Design, Drawing, & Aesthetics 
3D Animation with 3DStudio Max 
Intermediate Adobe Photoshop 
Introduction to 3DStudio Max
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Introduction to Flash

Funded Research

Governor’s Office of Planning & Research – California Education Learning Lab. Improving Retention in Engineering: E-Games for Active Training in Engineering Design. 2019-2022. (Co-PI, with collaborators: PI Angelique Louie (UC Davis), Co-PI Jennifer Choi (UC Davis), Co-PI Joshua McCoy (UC Davis), Co-PI Will Davis (American River College), and Co-PI Hong-Yue (Ray) Tang (CSU Sacramento). [Amount: $500,000]

Hellman Foundation. Challenging Deficit Discourses in Multimodal Arts-Based Education with Counter-Stories from Media Industry Professionals. 2021-2022. [Amount: $15,000]

University of California, Davis School of Education - Dean’s Research Excellence Award. The Social Success Mediation Framework Project: Identifying Skills and Traits that Enable Disadvantaged Individuals to Succeed. 2018-2020. [Amount: $5,000]

Professional Academic Affiliations

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Professional Experience

SIZMEK (DG/MEDIAMIND/UNICAST), New York, NY

(01/2014 – 05/2017) Technical Development Manager / Project Manager
(03/2012 – 12/2013) Scrum Master / Team Lead
(06/2009 – 03/2012) Senior Flash Engineer

SESAME WORKSHOP, New York, NY

(02/2008 – 03/2009) Flash Game Developer

CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, QUEENSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Bayside, NY

(05/2005 – 02/2008) Multimedia Designer / Higher Education Assistant

INSTITUTE FOR SCHOOLS OF THE FUTURE, New York, NY

(10/2003 – 03/2006) Consultant

BERLIN PRODUCTIONS, White Plains, NY

(03/2004 – 02/2005) Creative Director, Multimedia

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, New York, NY

(02/2003 – 08/2003) Graphic Design Consultant

AMC COMPUTER CORPORATION, New York, NY

(10/2000 – 05/2001) Creative Director / Application Specialist

MOBERG RESEARCH, Moberg Multimedia, Ambler, PA

(05/1999 – 12/1999) 3D Artist

AVNI PRODUCTIONS, New York, NY

(06/1999 – 12/2010) President / Multimedia Developer

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