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Ryan, Kathleen Marie Associate Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Dr. Ryan balances traditional academic research with professional/creative work. She considers herself first & foremost an oral historian/documentary filmmaker. These 2 areas are linked by an exploration of individual lives/experiences & a sensitivity to the needs of the narrator. Documentary film allows for the public dissemination of research considered crucial by oral history, inserting untold stories into the public record. She is exploring using emerging augmented reality & location-based storytelling in these projects. Another key area of research, visual communication, links to her documentary storytelling (how to tell a story in a visually compelling way). But she is also interested in understanding how we are drawn to & create meaning from visual representations, specifically photography. Her final research area is in television/multimedia news, exploring the news agenda, talent representation, & the shifting notion of a newscast of record in a news-on-demand world.

keywords

  • Visual studies, oral history, television news labor & practice, documentary film

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • APRD 7004 - Doctoral Professionalization Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Introduces you to the university and gives you a chance to think out loud about what your academic future might look like. The course is designed to be responsive to your needs regarding your career, getting a job, getting tenure and teaching. In short, the course prepares you for a career in academia. Same as JRNL 7004.
  • APRD 7021 - Environmental Journalism and Science Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Focuses on mass communication of issues related to science and follows two lines of inquiry. The seminar takes a cultural perspective, and explores the concept of scientific uncertainty in media. It will use these as a springboard for examining how we use media to conceptualize science, environment, health, etc., and how that impacts the way we live on this planet. Same as JRNL 7021.
  • JRNL 3112 - Concepts in Visual Culture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Studies the principles, theories and language of visual communication, emphasizing the evaluation and use of images in mass media. Designed to help students build theories and practices learned in previous classes and perfect their skills integrating words and pictures in communication to gain a greater appreciation of the visual world.
  • JRNL 3402 - Social Media Storytelling
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Investigates the theory, ethics and best practices in storytelling across a variety of social media platforms including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Medium and YouTube. Examines best practices for social media engagement. Students develop a story for multiple platforms and analyze the story performance n the sites and make recommendations for best practices.
  • JRNL 4344 - Video Documentary Production
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Designed to give students the experience of researching, writing, shooting and editing their own documentaries. Same as JRNL 5344.
  • JRNL 5344 - Video Documentary Production
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Designed to give students the experience of researching, writing, shooting and editing their own documentaries. Same as JRNL 4344.
  • JRNL 7004 - Doctoral Professionalization Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Introduces you to the university and gives you a chance to think out loud about what your academic future might look like. The course is designed to be responsive to your needs regarding your career, getting a job, getting tenure and teaching. In short, the course prepares you for a career in academia. Same as APRD 7004.
  • JRNL 7021 - Environmental Journalism and Science Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Focuses on mass communication of issues related to science and follows two lines of inquiry. The seminar takes a cultural perspective, and explores the concept of scientific uncertainty in media. It will use these as a springboard for examining how we use media to conceptualize science, environment, health, etc., and how that impacts the way we live on this planet. Same as APRD 7021.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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