Jody B. Lepinot
7940 Karlov Avenue
Skokie, IL  60076

Professional Goals
My goals are two-fold. As a current adjunct faculty member in Digital Imaging, I am looking to bring my experience with classroom and online teaching to a full-time teaching position in the Photography department of a college or university. Because an essential part of teaching is doing, I am actively looking for venues for the display of my fine art photography.


  • MFA Degree Program, Projected graduation, Spring 2017
    Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
    MFA program in Photography
    Focus on fine art photography and photographic education.
  • Continuing Education, 1997-current
    Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL
    Digital art, website design
  • BFA, Graphic Design, with High Honors, 1984
    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • DVM, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 1978
    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • BS, Bachelor of Science, with High Honors, 1975
    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
    Pre-Veterinary Medicine program

Work Experience

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Art and Design
Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL, 1999-present

Course Development:
ART 277 – Color Management- required for Photography Certificate
ART 278 – Digital Darkroom – required for Photography Certificate
ART 257 – Advanced Masking and Compositing – elective
ART 110 – History of Photography – Redesign of online course using the D2L Learning  Management System

Teaching Responsibilities:
Each Fall and Spring semester, I offer two of the following courses:

  • ART 216 – Digital Imaging
    This is a thorough introduction in the use of the current version of Adobe Photoshop. Techniques applicable to both photography and graphic design students are covered in detail.
  • ART 257 – Advanced Masking and Compositing
    Students learn to seamlessly combine digital images using Adobe Photoshop’s advanced masking and blending techniques.
  • ART 277 – Color Management
    Students learn about calibration and profiling techniques to achieve consistent color in their workflow. Camera RAW is introduced for advanced color adjustments, and a variety of fine art inkjet papers are provided for experimentation.
  • ART 278 – Digital Darkroom
    This course is all about Adobe Lightroom. The students learn to use Lightroom to organize their files, as a RAW editor, and to create photo books and slide shows.
  • ART 110 – History of Photography: This is a very comprehensive online course covering the history of photography from its invention through current day.

Non-Academic Positions

  • Graphic Design and Digital Post-Production
    Prairie Studio, Skokie, IL, 1999-present
    Illustration, logo design, website design
    Color correction, photo retouching, restoration, and compositing
    Photoshop training seminars and one-on-one private instruction
  • Instructor
    Lapin Systems, Adobe Certified Training Center, Evanston, IL, 2005-2007
    Conducted small group classes on introductory and advanced Photoshop topics using state-of-the-art Apple products.
  • Production Artist
    Benchmark Imaging and Display, Park Ridge, IL, 1998-1999
    Produced print-ready files for large format printing applications such as trade-show graphics and backlit signage.
  • Greeting Card Designer
    Jody & Co., Arlington Heights and Evanston, IL, 1986-1997
    Created and produced several lines of original greeting cards. Marketed my own card lines along with other artists’ card lines to Chicago area shops and galleries, and nationally through a greeting card representative.
  • Copywriter
    Walgreens Corporation, Deerfield, IL, 1984-1986
    Created copy for newspaper advertisements and occasional layout work.


  • Koehnline Museum of Art, ID Show in 2012, 2013 and 2014
    Annual faculty group art exhibits held during Fall semester
    Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL
  • Brickton Gallery, The Nature Show, Fall 2013
    Park Ridge, IL

Professional Seminars Given
Exelon Corporation, Chicago, IL
Full-day Photoshop training seminars for staff photographers

  • Workflow and automation, May 2009
  • Masking and compositing, January 2009
  • Advanced color adjustments and retouching, February 2008
  • Basic color and tonal correction with adjustment layers, October 2007

Mid-States Imaging and Photographic Association (MIPA), NW suburban Chicago
Series of either 2-hour or half-day seminars:

  • Color Management, April 2012
  • New features of Photoshop CS5, November 2011
  • Masking techniques, January, 2009
  • Color correction and portrait retouching, June 2008
  • Photoshop and Lightroom, November 2007

Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL

  • Conducted two Photoshop training seminars for teachers in the Graphic Design department.
  • Participated in several group faculty visits to the high school to familiarize their students with Oakton Community College’s Graphic Design and Photography programs.

Chicago Professional Photographers Association (CPPA)
Seminar on retouching and compositing with Photoshop, June 2005

Private Instruction

  • Tutorials for individuals or small groups, 2010-current
  • Photoshop and Lightroom instruction for photographers in the metro Chicago area.

Technology Services

  • Digital asset management
  • Color management – calibration and custom icc profiles
  • Fine art inkjet printing

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP)
  • Mid-States Imaging and Photographic Association (MIPA)
  • Illinois Education Association (IEA)