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James L Mohler Ph.D.
Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Diversity
Campus: West Lafayette
James L. Mohler is Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the College of Technology (CoT) and Professor of Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) at Purdue University. Dr. Mohler began his academic career in 1992 and was promoted to professor in 2009. He has served in the following administrative roles: 2002-2005, Senior Research Scientist of Multimedia and Web Development at Information Technology at Purdue; 2008-2009, Assistant Department Head, CGT; 2009-2011 Associate Department Head, CGT. Dr. Mohler is a Purdue University Faculty Scholar, a member of the Purdue University Teaching Academy and a past faculty fellow for the Discovery Learning Center and Owen and Tarkington Residence Halls. Dr. Mohler is also a Guest Professor at the Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, P.R. China. In his current role as Associate Dean, Dr. Mohler oversees and coordinates among the CoT’s various M.S. and Ph.D. programs. As well he teaches graduate courses on research methods, perception and visual intelligence, and university honors courses. He worked with 5 PhD students and 17 MS students as committee chair and advisor.
As a faculty member, James has been the recipient of several teaching awards at various levels within the university including the Purdue University Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in memory of Charles B. Murphy in 2002, the James D. Dwyer Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in the School of Technology in 1998, the Outstanding Untenured Faculty Member award in 1998, the Purdue University Teaching for Tomorrow award in 2000 and 2008, Outstanding CGT Professor in 2009 and Outstanding CGT Graduate Faculty Mentor, 2010. James is listed in the Book of Great Teachers at Purdue University.
Dr. Mohler has authored, co-authored, or contributed to over a 21 texts related to computer graphics, multimedia, and hypermedia development. One of his books was noted on Amazon's top 10 graphic titles for year 2000. Dr. Mohler has enjoyed presenting over 60 papers and workshops at various conferences including international presentations in Austria, England, Finland, Portugal, and Russia. He has also authored over 71 articles for refereed, reviewed, or trade publications. He has been the recipient of 1.2 million dollars in grants or in-kind donations since 1992.
Dr. Mohler has served on the review board of the WebNet Journal and as the Executive Editor for the Journal of Interactive Instruction Development. He is a member or past member of ACM, ACM SIGGRAPH, IEEE, and ASEE. Dr. Mohler was the Educators Program Chair for the SIGGRAPH 2002 conference and actively participates on the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee. He also served as the SIGGRAPH 2005 Conference Chair.
Dr. Mohler continues active industrial involvement through external consulting as his time permits, including work performed for companies such as AutoDesk, Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Caterpillar, Cummins Engine Company, Electronic Arts, Fairfield Manufacturing Company, GM Powertrain, McGraw-Hill Publishers, Macmillan Computer Publishing, Purdue University, Rockwell Automation, and State Farm Insurance.