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Faye Bordbar (’08 , ’16)

Faye Bordbar (’08 , ’16)
SUU to Graphic Design Professor

Originally published on December 28, 2021.

Faye Bordbar, who came to the U.S. from Iran’s Kerman Province in 1995, happily teaches design at Phoenix’s Grand Canyon University. And, she is not at all shy in attributing much of her success to her SUU years, as well as exhibiting much pride in her children who also have benefited from the University’s educational programs.

She began her association with SUU in 2005 when her husband, Nasser Tadayon, accepted a faculty position in the computer science department, and she started working toward her bachelor’s degree in graphic design, followed by a master’s degree in professional communication.

“Living in the area and being familiar with SUU, I learned that graphic design program was among many great programs offered and I decided to enroll in the program,” she says. “As a nontraditional student, I felt so comfortable and confident right at the beginning of my undergrad education. The personalized attention and quality education that I experienced made me realize that SUU was the best choice.”

She was hired as a graphic designer for campus following her 2009 graduation and later assumed the directorship of SUU’s creative services office, as well as teaching as an adjunct to the communication faculty.

Her greatest joy, she says, is being able to make a positive impact on the lives of her students.

 “I teach a variety of graphic design courses and love to see the excitement in my students’ faces when they learn new ways of thinking about design. I also love to see when they successfully pass the course with the knowledge that I’m sure will prepare them for the job market,” she says.

Among the benefits of her SUU years was having her daughter join the University’s Success Academy program as a Cedar High student, then going on to earn her associate degree from SUU. Also, her sons earned college credits from SUU through concurrent enrollment.