Jillann Hertel

Creative Director, CoLab Director & Arts Faculty

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
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Pronunciation of Name:
Jill Ann Her-tell
Personal Pronouns:
She, Her, Hers

Jillann Hertel Deltejo joined the School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC) at Georgia Tech after 15+ years in arts, production, programming, and program development. Hertel served as curator and Director of Programming for a three-floor arts center in Brooklyn which housed: music, film, performance, and fine arts, as well as other unique happenings. Her studio experience primarily includes: photography, music, and video production. As both industry professional and academic, she teaches Senior Portfolio to graduating seniors as well as Media Portfolio for graduate students. As LMC's Creative Director, Hertel directs LMC's Creative Career Origination Lab (CoLab) where students in Literature, Media, and Communication and Computational Media have the opportunity to design materials and original content (written, web-based, and print).  CoLab challenges, professionalizes, and engages students in production and problem-solving by creating real-world products while enhancing and elevating their portfolios. Hertel is also a co-director of the Interdisciplinary Media Arts Center (IMA) as well as an advocate for expansion of the Arts at Georgia Tech at the School, College, and Institute levels.

Hertel founded The School of Literature, Media, and Communication's CoLab, is co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Media Arts Center, and co-founded the Minor in Social Justice at Georgia Tech.

She is interested in how the forces of representation in media translate into psychological and material realities and how media, art, and events influence cultural change.

  • MFA, School of Visual Arts, Manhattan, NY
  • BA, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Awards and
  • Community Impact Award, Ivan Allen College, Georgia Tech, 2023
  • Leading Women @ Tech, 2022-23, Georgia Tech
  • Innovation in Co-curricular Innovation, Institute Award, CETL, Georgia Tech
  • Art Director Fellowship/Keynote Speaker, University System of Georgia
  • Woman of Distinction Award, Women's Leadership Conference, Georgia Tech
  • Creating the Next: Technological Humanist (Institute Profile), Georgia Tech Communications
  • Student Service Award, Ivan Allen College, Georgia Tech
Areas of
  • Art
  • Creativity
  • Culture
  • Film
  • Media
  • Media Arts
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Writing


Research Fields:
  • Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Aesthetics
  • Aesthetics and Technology
  • Communication
  • Creativity in Context
  • Digital and Mixed Media
  • Documentary
  • Inequality, Inequity, and Social Justice
  • Innovation
  • Media
  • Media Production
  • Television Studies


  • GMC-6003: Prof Portfolio Media
  • LMC-2000: Intro-Lit, Media, & Comm
  • LMC-3823: Special Topics Lit/Cult
  • LMC-3843: Spec Topic-Communication
  • LMC-4811: Special Topics
  • SPAN-6251: Hispanic Community Internship
  • SPAN-6695: Spanish Internship Abroad