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James N. Kirby

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As the manager of CCRI's website design and content, I am responsible for the overall look & feel of the website, ensuring that it's designed in compliance with the latest web standards for maximum compatibility with all operating systems, devices, and screen sizes. I'm also responsible for ensuring that the site meets all state and federal accessibility standards and laws, as well as the college's graphic standards. I supervise the creation of templates and web graphics used within the content management system and the development of the various department, programs, and organization sub-sites.

I also oversee the development, coordination, management, and ongoing maintenance of the content on the public areas of CCRI's website and provide graphical customization of the private domains and third-party systems within the domains such as MyCCRI, Blackboard, and Banner.

I oversee web development training for faculty, staff, and students, which includes the development of tutorials in support of the college Web Content Managers. I have developed instructional guides for the development of HTML code, the production, and editing of web graphics and in the use of cascading style sheets toward the goal of producing web-standards compliant websites.

As an instructor in the Computer Studies department, I have taught Intro to Web Site Development. In essence, a course designed to familiarize the student with the development and publication of simple World Wide Web sites. The students learn to create a website using a template, publish to a server, customize, and manage web pages and images. The students get to set up and use interactive forms on the Web, use subsites, customize tables, and add a search tool to a website. I introduce students to cascading style sheets (CSS) as a means to maximize the accessibility of their web pages by separating design from content. I teach this course using the WordPress content management system (CMS).

I have also taught courses in Introduction to Computers and Basic Computing.

I began my web design and web management career in 1997 at Bridgewater State University and Brown University before joining CCRI in 2001.

Before becoming a web designer, I was the Director of Advertising & Marketing for NHD Stores, Inc., Stoughton, MA, where I developed and implemented all advertising and marketing strategies for the 33-store retail chain. I also held the position of Director of Advertising at Paperama Party Supply Stores, Hingham, MA, where I developed and executed all advertising strategies for the 16-store retail chain. I also served as Creative Director for all advertising, store openings (11), and sales promotional programs. I also developed annual and daily sales projections for the chain.

At both companies, I directed in-house creative and production staff and produced all promotional content using outside creative services such as ad agencies, photography, video, and sound studios. I was the creative copywriter for radio and TV commercials and was responsible for all media and print buying. 

Professional experience


University of Massachusetts, Amherst
BFA in Studio Art, Painting - 1977

Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA
Teacher of Visual Arts
Selected courses in a Post-Baccalaureate Program for Provisional Certification with Advanced Standing for Grades 5 – 12.

N. E. School of Art/Suffolk University, Boston, MA
Selected Fine Arts, Graphics and Liberal Arts courses.

Selected Publications

Online portfolio:

Academic Focus

Computer Studies and Information Processing
Web Design
Studio Art

Areas of Expertise

Website design
Information Architecture
Photo manipulation
Studio art

Operating systems: Windows, Mac and Linux
Graphics applications: Adobe Creative Suite, Corel Painter, Figma
Video Editing: Adobe Premiere, Camtasia Studio
HTML, XHTML, CSS and web authoring tools: Dreamweaver, BBEdit, SharePoint Designer, Expression Web
Content Management Systems: WordPress and OmniUpdate
Spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation multimedia: Open Office, MS Office 2016 & Office 365

Awards & Honors

  • Community College of Rhode Island
  • Brown University
    • The Knowledge Loom (Micro site, 1999)
      • Named one of the "Top Ten Professional Development Websites" by the staff of The Guidance Channel E-zine in August of 2004.
      • Recognized by the Association of Educational Publishers as the outstanding product in the Category: Technology-Supported Professional Development Resources for 2001.
      • Received an "A" Rating from Education World. "Well designed, concise, and visually appealing."
      • Named a 4-star site, (5-star being the best), in Pacific Bell's Knowledge Network "Blue Web'n Site".
      • Net Day Compass: chosen as the "Editor's Choice" in category: Best Practices & Real Stories

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Work Experience

Areas of Interest

Professional Affiliations:

Association for the Preservation of the Coelacanth
Association for Renaissance Martial Arts
The Ancient and Noble Order of the Gormogons
The Scald-Miserables
The Balloon Council
The Roundabout Appreciation Society
The Village Green Preservation Society
The Custard Pie Appreciation Consortium