30+ years experience in graphics and the creative.
15+ years experience in instructional design and online education.
15+ years experience in art instruction-in class, online.


Gayle Nelson


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Haiti 2013

Photo by Artist

Photography 2016


Photography 2016


AOP Gallery Show

(Association of Photographers) London, Sublime, Representations of Awe in Contemporty Imagery, January 6-26, 2006

Photography 2016

Mookie and Ma

Photography 2016


Photography 2016


Photography 2016


Photography 2016


Hawaiian Temple print

Temple Engraving
GL Nelson, 2003
Intaglio Print, hand colored

Bird Boat

Engraving, 2003

China 2007

Hangzhou Orient Culture Park

My Name is EzelL

Inspired illustrations and message - Read the story behind this little book... Gayle Lynn Nelson

Backyard Hawaii

Photo by Artist

Grand Central Central Park Park Avenue

GL Nelson 2004 Engravings HandColoured

Bass Performance Hall

Fort Worth TX GL Nelson 2005 Engraved Print, Digitally Enhanced

London Gallery Exhibit

Do Not Allow Katrina To Steal Your Joy GL Nelson Pascagoula MS London Gallery Exhibit 9-11-2005

Ferns Hawaii

Photo by Artist

Garden Quintessence

GL Nelson 2008 Photos-DigitalMontage

Alki Beach


Seattle 2017

Photo by artist

Mae Seattle 2015


More connections. Less connection.

Photo by Artist, 2017

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Dr. Gayle Nelson
Issaquah, WA


Artist, Instructional Designer, Art Instructor, Trainer, Ed.D. Higher Education Adult Learning

Combining extensive education and 15+ years in education, I grow teams, serve faculty, teach students, and ensure success.



Ed.D. Higher Education Adult Learning Walden University, MN Graduated 2018
Doctoral Project Study: Perceptions About Hands-On Art Making by Non-Art Major Online Students

Read the: Gayle Nelson Study

M.A. Illustration Syracuse University, NY Graduated 2004
Thesis: Printmaking - Contemporary American Printmakers and their Contributions to the Field of Illustration.

B.S. Art Troy State University AL Graduated 2001

Relevant Skillset & Experience

Instructional Design, Training, and Online Education

  • 15+ years’ experience directing teams of designers and trainers at the director level
  • Established new procedures and training programs for improved efficiency and quality of product
  • Served as academic and course mentor for new instructors
  • Designed professional development training series for online instructors.
  • Directed and developed multiple courses:
    • New Student Orientation course
    • Graduate Orientation course
    • Am I Prepared for Online Learning? self-assessment
    • How Blackboard Works/How Students Learn at eTROY
    • Teaching Online Proficiency

Art Instruction

  • 15+ years in designing and teaching Visual Art and Integrating Art courses
  • Experienced in teaching in class, online, and hybrid environments

Graphics and Creative Design

  • Longtime artist –Nelson Illustration: nelsonillustration.com
  • Experience as Art Director and Art & Graphics Operations Manager

Employment History

Troy University, Troy, AL 2002 - Present
Director of Operations & Instructional Design– 2002-2011

  • Built the online learning component at Troy, assisting 500+ online instructors every term with 600+ virtual courses;
  • Team directed annual faculty Colloquium, coordinating 3-day workshop and sessions, transforming face to face Colloquium to a virtual webinar;
  • Enrollments doubled and sponsorship dollars replaced the $30k on-ground costs to $0 in expenses for the University and provided high quality industry speakers;
  • Launched a professional development series for 1,000+ faculty and adjunct instructors.

Lead Designer – 2011-2014

  • Team committee course redesign and development of class templates based on departments’ learning objectives;
  • Individual one-on-one course design and preparation with instructors in conjunction with college directives.

Adjunct Instructor, Visual Arts - 2004-current

  • Currently teach online, 5 terms per year, 25-40 students per term;
  • Term course builds using Blackboard and Canvas platforms.

Awards, Certifications, & Publications
Walden Scholars of Change – 2013, Haiti work with doctoral classmate to assist in launching elementary school.
Quality Matters Peer Reviewer Certification – 2012, Certification for quality assurance.
Prosci Change Management Certification – 2007, Certification for organizational change management.
Distance Learning China-US Forum on DL – 2007, Development of successful study-abroad partnerships.
The Society of Illustrators – 2004, Promotion of art and appreciation of illustration.

Books and Exhibits:
My Name is EzelL, Writer/Illustrator – 2012, Narrative and illustrations for book on the Haiti earthquake.
AL the Nutty Astronaut, Co-Illustrator – 2011, Co-illustrated comic character “AL”
The Lisco Swamper, Illustrator – 2004, Six engraved illustrations for folk book.
Syracuse University Magazine, Illustrator – 2004, Byodo-in Temple, Oahu, engraving for magazine.
AOP (Association of Photographers) Gallery Show, London, Sublime: Representations of Awe in Contemporary Imagery - January, 2006, Photo of Pascagoula home: Do Not Allow Katrina to Steal Your Joy.
Lowe Gallery of Art, Syracuse, NY, Engraved Impressions in Print, July 30-August 14, 2004, Student body of illustrative art work for MA thesis.
WMA Gallery Exhibit, Dothan, AL, Journeys, June 9-July 22, 2001, Gallery show of my artwork in multiple mediums.

Gayle Nelson

Temple Engraving

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