M. Teresa Valero


Applied Professor of ArtDirector, Ad Program at TU and Graduate AdvisorDirector of the School of ArtPhillips Hall 316

Co-founder and Creative Director of Third Floor Design (1992), a student-run design studio that provides high-quality design services for nonprofit organizations in Tulsa and surrounding areas. Teresa is interested in community work and how the upcoming designer, what Steven Heller calls, the “Citizen Designer”. One that is aware of local needs, global trends and sustainability of design. In addition to her teaching duties, she works as a documentary photographer and graphic designer, winning many awards in advertising and design some include the Tulsa Addy Awards, Graphex, and Creativity Today. Valero's photographs have been exhibited in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas, Georgia and Arkansas; overseas her work has been seen in Venezuela, Spain, Lebanon, Syria and Canada.

She has curated many exhibitions most recently Journey to America, (the exhibition is the stories of immigrants and/or first generation Americans, their experiences of coming to the U.S.) a documentary photography show that is housed at YWCA Multi Cultural Center and recently had a second opening at the Williams Company in Tulsa. Journey to America is traveling across Oklahoma including the Capitol.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Master of Arts in Art History, University of Kansas

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Graphic Design
  • Photography

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Art Director for advertising agencies both in the U.S. and Venezuela

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
  • Board member for the AIGA XCD (Cross Cultural Design)
  • Art Directors Club of Tulsa
  • American Advertising Federation Tulsa 

Courses Taught at TU

  • Graphic Communication I (ART 3243)
  • Graphic Communication II (ART 3253)
  • Typography and Graphic Production (ART 3273)
  • Packaging Design (ART 3293)
  • Advertising Design (ART 3453)
  • Portfolio: Graphic Design (ART 4072-6)
  • Corporate Internship (ART 4902-6)
  • Third Floor Design Internship (ART 4903-6)
  • Senior Seminar (ART 4973)

Awards & Recognition

  • 2007 The Pinnacle Award for the Arts and Humanities presented by the Women Foundation and the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women.
  • 2003 Excellence in Teaching Award by the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences at TU.
  • 2001 Outstanding teaching award, The University of Tulsa.


  • The Levant: Lebanon and Syria through western eyes
    Documentary photography work. Traveled to Syria, Spain and the U.S. 2006-07.