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Animation Faculty

Jordan Charlton

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Steven Rawley

Steven Rawley

Title Technical Specialist | Adjunct Faculty
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art

Steven Rawley is a character animation freelancer. He worked on several projects during his time at CIA, like CareBears: Care Package Chronicles for American Greetings, Dog Eat Dog by Paul Schrader, and several animation projects for other clients through the school. Steven is now working as an animator and graphic designer with 360 Alley, an augmented reality production studio, and at Skynamic Studio on its independent product called TrueTail.


Robert Lauer

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art

Robert Lauer completed his BFA in game design at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has freelanced for companies like Bio Enterprise and Halo Media Works and taught animation courses to high school students through the Center for Arts Inspired Learning. Robert has a passion for teaching, and frequently conducts game design workshops and lectures on the history of game design.

Lauer continues to teach through CAL and currently works as the Creative Director for 360 Alley; an Augmented Reality design company.

Outside of his work as a director, Robert works diligently to grow the game development community, serving as an organizer with the Cleveland Game Developers. He has had his independent work exhibited at various venues including the Akron Art Museum, GDEX, and the Cleveland Maker Faire.

Adri Nerone

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Bill Appledorn

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Pat Sandy

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Animation

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Jeff Harter

Title Associate Professor | Chair of Illustration
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Character Design + Development | Fundamentals of Illustration | Illustration: BFA Preparation | Intro to Animation | Layout Rendering Techniques

Degree MA, Syracuse University
California Institute of Art, Character Animation (2 years)
BFA, University at Buffalo

Jeff Harter pursued his BFA in Illustration at the University at Buffalo, where he studied under distinguished visiting artist and professor Alan E. Cober. After initially working as a freelance conceptual and editorial Illustrator for national clients, Jeff attended California Institute of the Arts program in character animation. He joined the Walt Disney Animation Studio in Burbank, California as an assistant animator to contribute to the feature films Hercules, Mulan and Tarzan. He later became a supervising character artist for the Winnie the Pooh characters at Disney Consumer Products while earning his M.A. in illustration at Syracuse University.

Jeff was a senior illustrator for American Greetings' alternative humor department, where he was the 2012 Chairman's Award Grand Winner in the category of Creativity and Innovation. He is the creator of the animated comedy “Packages from Planet X," which aired on Disney XD. He also created the comedy "Boy, Girl, Dog, Cat, Mouse, Cheese," another animated TV show concept that was in development with Cartoon Network and Disney XD and is currently in production with the CBBC. He currently teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Art as an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Illustration Department, as well as contributes illustrations to clients on a national level for a variety of markets including Advertising, editorial, entertainment, games, greeting cards, licensing, publishing and toys. Jeff is managed by Dannie Festa, producer of the Dreamworks feature animated film "Trolls."

Client List:

  • AG Alternative Humor
  • AG Interactive
  • AG New Product Concepts
  • Ask Magazine
  • Cartoon Network
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Citibank
  • Cricket Magazine
  • Disney XD
  • Disney Store Design & Development
  • Disney Publishing
  • Hasbro
  • Havas Interactive
  • Jacqui Lawson
  • Jimmy Fallon
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Mercury Filmworks (animation)
  • Nelvana
  • Syracuse University Magazine
  • Scholastic Publishing
  • Tetris
  • Top Cow/Image Comics
  • Vivendi/Universal
  • Wolf Manfield Bolling Advertising
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