W Godfrey

Faculty Member

Professor Jim Godfrey


After a successful award-winning career in the design industry as a creative director and art director, Jim Godfrey received his MFA from Utah State University in Graphic Design and transitioned to higher education, where he has spent the last 20 years at Utah Valley University. He served as chair of the Department of Art & Visual Communication and reached the rank of professor, before being hired as the associate dean for the School of the Arts. He’s held the position for 9 years. His portfolio includes Rank/Tenure/Promotion, curriculum, EID efforts, technology, online learning, and UVU's art museum. He enjoys finding ways to overcome obstacles to student success. He recently completed overseeing the renovation and opening of the new UVU Museum of Art at Lakemount, a mansion converted to a museum near the university campus. His creative work focuses on typographic communication and popular culture and has been recognized by Print Magazine, the Addy Awards, and the Telly Awards. He has written for How magazine and was also featured in the book "Building Your Own Brand" by Robin Landa.


MFA, Utah State University, 2002

Major: Graphic Design

BFA, Utah State University, 1991

Major: Advertising Design


ARTH 3010

History of Design and Visual Arts, Spring 2023


Godfrey, Jim , Roots of Knowledge Lecture Series, "Heavy Metal_ Moveable Type from 1450-1800", Utah Valley University, Fulton Library, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT. (March 29, 2018)
Godfrey, Jim (Presenter & Author), University and Colleges Design Association (UCDA) Education Summit,, "Incorporating Engaged Learning into Coursework_ Good for the Students, Good for the Community", UCDA, Mobile, AL. (May, 2009)
Godfrey, Jim (Author Only), Seegmiller, Jeffrey (Presenter & Author), National Athletic Training Educational Multimedia Showcase, "ePortfolios for Athletic Trainers", NATA. (June, 2003)
Godfrey, Jim (Author Only), Seegmiller, Jeffrey (Presenter & Author), National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Athletic Training Educators’ Conference, "ePortfolios for Athletic Trainers", NATA. (January, 2003)

Scholarly/Creative Works

Godfrey, Jim , Landa, Robin , Francis, Scott , (2013) "Case Studies_ Jim Godfrey" (Issue: 4, vol. XXVI). Cincinatti, OH: BYOB - Build Your Own Brand.
Godfrey, Jim , Booth, Bryn , Whitman, Sarah , Patrick, Megan Lane, (2011) "Thou Shalt Not" (Issue: 4, vol. XXVI). Blue Ash, OH: How Magazine.


Print Regional Design Annual - 2016

Print Magazine - December, 2016

Letterpress poster was juried into this national publication of best graphic design work of 2015.

Print Regional Design Annual - 2013

Print Magazine - December, 2013

Letterpress poster was juried into this national publication of best graphic design work of 2012.

Judges Pick

For Print Only (FPO) Awards - June, 2012

Letterpress poster was juried into this national juried competition of printed graphic design work, receiving a 5-star rating and named as one of 5 judge’s picks.

Faculty Senate Faculty Excellence Award

Faculty Senate at UVU - April, 2009

Recipient for the School of the Arts

Telly Award

June, 2000

Award for the top television commercials nationally. I won two Tellys in 2000 for commercials I produced as creative director at KHG Advertising (Billings, MT)

Montana Addy Awards - 1998

The Montana Addy Awards was a juried show that recognized outstanding advertising in the state of Montana. As the creative director of KHG Advertising, I won 3 awards for a billboard campaign and a direct mail piece.