Jeffery is Dean of the College of the Arts at Dixie State University. Previously, he served as Chair of the Music Department at the University of Central Arkansas and Associate Professor of Music for nine years. Under his leadership, the UCA Music Department commissioned and premiered an original opera by Lori Laitman based on The Scarlet Letter, developed a strong relationship with music programs in China and Taiwan, and sent student ensembles to Italy, France, Austria, and China. During his tenure in Arkansas, he also served as President of the Arkansas Association of Schools of Music.
Prior to his work in Arkansas, he with the School of Music faculty at East Carolina University where he taught tuba and euphonium while chairing the Department of Instrumental Studies and serving as Managing Director of the North Carolina Suzuki Institute. He has performed extensively with the North Carolina Symphony as well as performing concertos and recitals throughout the southeast and mid-west.
Jeffery holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music from Baylor University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University.
Phil Tuckett – Director of DOCUTAH
Phil Tuckett is a professor of film at Dixie State University. He is the head of the Digital Film program as well as DSU Films, the professional production arm of the film department.
Prior to coming back to his alma mater to teach, Phil was vice president of special projects at NFL Films for 21 years. He was also a producer, director, and writer for NFL Films (1969 to 1986) and a journalist and professional athlete (1967 to 1969). Phil is the recipient of 30 Emmy Awards for shows like “Football America,” “The 100 Yard Universe,” “Autumn Ritual,” and “Lost Treasures of NFL Films.”
He has also produced non-sports related programming like “Blood from a Stone” for the History Channel, “Faces of Evil” for TNT, and music videos for a wide variety of artists including B.B. King, Santana, Def Leppard, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Phil and his wife Judy also have their own production company, Bristlecone Films.
Dr. Jeffery Jarvis, Dean, College of the Arts
Phil Tuckett, Assistant Professor of Digital Film
Karman Wilson, Assistant Director of Professional Arts
Festival Manager and Operations
Christina Merrill, Budget Director
Della Lowe, PR & Marketing Director
Brian Christiansen, Programming Director
Tisa Zito, Programming Coordinator
Bruce Bennett, DOCtalk Coordinator
Marianne Hamilton, Special Events Coordinator
Shazad Sheikh, Global Outreach
Doug Hamilton, Lodging Coordinator
Dustin Taylor, Production Director
Susan Erickson, Screening Coordinator
Isabel Wilson, Student Assistant
Jane Mankey, Volunteer Coordinator
David Alvarez – Community Outreach
Shanan Arslanian – Submissions Coordinator
Shadman Bashir – DSU Director of International Student Services
John Burns – Film Archivist/DSU Library
Christie Christiansen – Programming Assistant
Ken Cook – Festival Outreach
Michael Garcia – DSU Ticketing Director
Chewi Lockhart – DSU Technical Coordinator
Jeanine Nay – Budget Analyst
Jodi Simkins – DSU Ticketing Coordinator
Judy Tuckett – Executive Assistant
Deward Wilson – DSU Production Director