Heather Hornbeak, M.F.A. – Asbury University
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Heather HornbeakAssistant Professor of Media Communication and Journalism 

Department: Media Communication

Office: CCA 247

Phone Extension: 2393

Prof. Hornbeak has broad experience in the areas of design and photography. She was employed at Lifeway Christian Resources in Nashville, TN as a Graphic Designer. She then became the Assistant Marketing Director for Griffin Technology, where her work was seen in every Apple store in the world, CES, MacWorld and various international publications. Hornbeak shifted to opening a studio of her own, training photographers and successfully photographing over 300 events. While in graduate school, she taught multiple photography courses in her hometown’s University. In 2016, Hornbeak graduated with her Master of Fine Arts from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. At Asbury, she serves as an Assistant Professor of Media Communication and Journalism. When she is not working, Hornbeak is busy raising her two young boys and supporting her husband’s career as a musician.


B.A. Union University, Jackson, TN: 2004

M.F.A. Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA: 2016

Courses offered: 

  • Interactive Media 1
  • Interactive Media 2
  • Journalism Design
  • Photojournalism
  • Technology Issues and Trends
  • Travel Journalism

Selected/Recent Publications: 


  • Interview with Photographer, Steve Babuljak at Southwest Photojournalism Conference in Nashville, TN: February 2018
  • Effective Presentations Using Data Visualization at Asbury University for TLTR Committee in Wilmore, KY: 2017
  • The Challenges of Collaboration presented at California State University at the University Film and Video Conference: August 2017
  • Data Visualization presented at California State University at the University Film and Video Conference: August 2017
  • Lecture & Presentation for Union University Art Department in Jackson, TN: February 2016
  • Gallery presentation for Jim Veneman in Jackson, TN: 2010
  • Collaborate presentation to the executive office of Best Buy: 2006
  • Trade Show booth designer for CES, MacWorld & E3: 2006


  • “Deleted Landscapes” was accepted by curators Sandra Bowden, past president of CIVA and Bill Catling, Azusa Pacific University MFA Program Designer and Artist for Through the Iris Touring Exhibition organized by Kim M. Reiff of Grace College: Aug 2017-Dec 2018
  • “Deleted Landscapes” Photography Exhibit, Azusa Pacific University: 2016 http://www.apu.edu/media/news/release/24808/
  • Union University in Jackson, TN Solo Exhibition: January 2016
  • Lafayette Street Solo Exhibit, Jackson, TN: December 2013
  • Studio Opening Show at Private Space in Jackson, TN: October 2010
  • Union University Alumni Independent Show in Jackson, TN:
    September 2009

Current research/scholarship: 

  • Production Designer for Asbury University’s feature film directed by Nancy Stafford and Katie Oostman
  • Teaching, Learning and Training Resources Committee at Asbury University


  • Website design and branding for TrueLight Childcare Project: 2016
  • Website design for Micah Challenge: 2009
  • Trade Show exhibitor at E3 in Los Angeles, CA: 2006

Missionary activity

  • Tutor for J Crib Urban Ministries in Jackson, TN: 2001-2003
  • Camp Counselor, designer and organizer for Global Youth Ministry, Southeast states, USA: 2003
  • Missionary training in Seoul, South Korea: Summer 2001
  • English teacher, Graphic Designer and Missionary in Shenyang, China: Summer 2001
  • Missionary for church plant in Budapest, Hungry: Spring 2001
  • Missionary for softball sports clinics in Gaborone, Botswana (Africa): Summer 2000 City, State 1989-1990





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