Derek O'Leary

Derek O'Leary

Pronouns: He/Him


(804) 781-4501

T. Edward Temple Building, 901 W. Main St., room 2203B

Office hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10-11 am

Curriculum vitae



  • M.A. Art Direction, Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter, 2011
  • B.A. Advertising, Michigan State University, 2008


Experienced Advertiser/ Marketer with a demonstrated history of working beyond the traditional. Worked at local Richmond based advertising agencies before joining VCU as an instructor and founded his own design studio. Skilled in User Experience (UX), Advertising, Event Marketing, Concept Development, and Creative Strategy. Also dabbles as an illustrator.


MASC 204: Story
MASC 383: User Experience (UX)
MASC 450: Style
MASC 451: Invention
MASC 459: Judgment
MASC 481: Completeness 



  • Promising Professor Award 2023 Mass Communication and Society (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication)
  • Most Valuable Professor 2021 VCU Women's Volleyball Team
  • PRSA Richmond's Award of Excellent for Capital: External Video Program 2021
  • PRSA Richmond's Capital Best in Show Award & Award of Excellence for Paid Social Media 2018