Professor of Communication - Visual Communication and Digital Media
Department of Communication & Graphic Design
Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI, U.S.
Research interests include web, usability, visual rhetoric, cultural aesthetics, material culture and other modalities and media that deal with the cultural impact of images and music.

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Robert Kent Tiemens (Ph.D., University of Iowa) passed away from complications associated with COVID-19 on March 30, 2020 in a Colorado Springs Hospital at the age of 84.

Professor Tiemens was recruited away from Wayne State University in 1972 to become Professor and Division Director of Journalism & Mass Communication in the newly configured Department of Communication at the University of Utah.  He was a leading pioneer in the fledging area of film/television production research.  His seminal studies on camera angle and screen placement influences on viewers’ perceptions established the University of Utah as a major research program that attracted graduate students from across the country.  He established a close working relationship with television production theorist Herbert Zettl of San Francisco State University that led to a highly acclaimed program of research that resulted in a wide array of ground breaking studies.  Dr. Tiemens’ graduate students went on to establish programs of visual communication research at Temple University, Concordia University, Ohio State University and University of Georgia, among others.  He founded the annual Vis Comm Conference that continues to present.  A highly talented academic administrator, he served as Department Chair at both the University of Utah and the University of New Mexico. read more


VisCom 34 Details

JUNE 17-21 2020

We return next June to our 2015 venue at Tolovana Inn immediately adjacent to the most scenic beach I have seen and a favorite venue among those who attended VisCom 29 at Tolovana Inn..

Accommodation Cost

Tolovana Inn is pleased to offer the guest room types at the discounted group rates shown below. read more

News Projects

Wanted: Research Chapters for Second Edition of Handbook of Visual Communication

=&0=& March 1, 2019

=&1=& About 5,000 words or 20 pages double-spaced with a reference list
=&2=& APA
=&3=& Blind peer-review
=&4=&Unpublished and not under review
=&5=& Sheree Josephson of Weber State University, contributor to the first edition; Ken Smith of University of Wyoming, co-editor of the first edition; Jim Kelly of Indiana University, past editor of Visual Communication Quarterly
=&6=& Routledge
=&7=& Strongly encouraged with copyright permission


Work is beginning on the long-awaited edition of the second edition of “Handbook of Visual Communication: Theory, Methods, and Media.” The publisher (formerly Lawrence Erlbaum but now Routledge) was so happy with the first edition that it encouraged the book’s editors to begin work on an updated edition. The contract has been signed.   

The second edition will be constructed in the same way as the first edition. It will be organized around chapters addressing the major theories in the field of Visual Communication accompanied by chapters about NEW exemplar studies illustrating research used to explore that theoretical area. Theory chapters will be invited. Research chapters will be selected through blind peer-review.     

Research chapters to accompany the following theories are needed:

  • Aesthetics
  • Perception
  • Visual Rhetoric
  • Cognition
  • Semiotics
  • Reception Theory
  • Narrative
  • Media Aesthetics
  • Ethics
  • Visual Literacy
  • Cultural Studies
  • New Media
  • Ethnography
  • Visual Intersectionality
  • read more

    Book Reviewers!

    Update on Book Reviews

    So, I clearly went off track with the summer. It’s a long story and will have to wait until we see each other face-to-face. Short summary: Act 1: went to Ireland, caught a cold from students, turned into major chest infection, kept me off the airplane to Seattle for VisCom… and basically meant I stayed in Ireland until late August. While that had its upside (the most relaxing extended vacation I have had since 2005), it meant not being where I could send anyone a book to review as those were all in the USA. Act 2: Returned to US and immersed in beginning of semester… which brings us to NOW.

    We got a great response from the post made earlier — 44 respondents (THANK YOU!) Out of the original list of books, 16 have been assigned (emails and books to follow to those reviewers.) That leaves 3 books that still need a reviewer… and more will be coming in soon. So, if you didn’t get the review gig you wanted, see if any of these interest you. — Roxanne

    Title Year Publisher Authors/Editors
    Siam’s New Detectives: Visualizing Crime and Conspiracy in Modern Thailand 2016 University of Hawai’i Press Lim, Samson
    Revolution Revisited: A look back at the 1986 Phillipine Revolution (original reviewer could not complete)  2016 Komenich Komenich, Kim
    De-signing Design: Cartographies of Theory and Practice  2015 Lexington Books Grierson, Edquist, Frichot & Silverman (Eds.)

    Book Reviewers! News

    Seeking Reviewers for VCQ Book Reviews

    Print is clearly NOT DEAD! Every year dozens of books are published specifically about the visual and hundreds more on subjects related to the visual or of interest to visual communication scholars.

    Visual Communication Quarterly features book reviews of published works of interest to the Visual Communication community. As the number of pages that can be given over to reviews is limited, the new editor of VCQ, xtine burroughs, and I have talked about an online book review section in the VCQuarterly website. This will have the same standards of quality and attention that the print version gets, however, we will be able to publish reviews of many more books… perhaps one or two a month! That would at least quadruple what we are doing now. In addition, we will be able to use color images of the covers and, if permissions are obtainable, additional images from those books that warrant it. In addition, with the proper tags, these book reviews will likely get better search engine results and, therefore increase reach — good news for both publishers and reviewers. I am even thinking about retro-reviews… books that are being rediscovered.

    So this is a call for Reviewers for a list of books that have been published in the last 12-18 months that are on my desk waiting to be reviewed (Ok, some have been on my desk a little longer… but still worth reviewing!) Some of these will be published in VCQ PRINT and some will be published ONLINE.

    If you are interested in reviewing a book, fill out the form at the bottom of this post. As more than one person might want to review the same book, be sure to help me by answering the question, “Why would you be a good reviewer for this book?” If you are selected to review a book, I will send it on to you or request that the publisher do so. In exchange, I ask that you send me your review in 90 days. You get to keep the book 🙂

    PLEASE NOTE: If you are selected to review a book, I will send it on to you or request that the publisher do so. In exchange, I ask that you send me your review in 90 days. You get to keep the book 🙂 Please note… I will be traveling a good deal this summer. Here is the mailing schedule:

    Books for review will be posted via USPS with a tracker code by: read more


    Position available…

    Forwarded from Maureen Constantino:

    It’s real! I’m retiring from CBO at the end of the year. We’re already posting my job because it’s a key position here and finding the right person is important. And I think there is the hope for some overlap for training purposes.

    I’m sending this to you and a few other VisCom contacts I collected while at the conference in case you know of an enterprising individual who might be interested in a career with the federal government. The link to the position on the CBO website:  read more