Re: It is with great regret…

Bob T was one of my professors at the University of Utah where I completed my PhD. The first time I met him he was the professor who gave “the talk,” about the rigor of the PhD program—he even did the look to your left, look to your right speech to see who may or may not graduate. His class was my very first PhD course and he was one of the first professors at the U who saw my potential. Through his teaching and guidance he helped advance my writing and critical thinking. He retired to the same city where I grew up, so I remember how great it was to introduce him to my parents. He was a big influence in my life and welcomed me into the fold at VisCom, but most of all he was extremely kind and an excellent mentor. I will miss him dearly. read more

Re: It is with great regret…

He was the heart of Viscom for me, even after he stopped coming. I last saw him at Taos. The news makes the day so dim. Thirty years of memories meeting each year and sharing ideas. So much sadness now. Ginny

Virginia V. Kidd, Ph.D.

Re: It is with great regret…

Hi Ron Osgood, Roxanne, and other VisComm folks on this list,

I second Ron’s tribute to Bob T. He and Herb Z. recruited me for the very first VC summer conference when I happened to talk to them at a Western States conference a very long time ago. I am hugely grateful for Bob and Herb for getting me to join the VC family. Tiemens had a wonderful legacy with Vis Com and he treated everyone who participated with warmth and genuine interest. Former students of Bob and his scholarly collaborators who engaged with Vis Com continue his uniquely humanistic influence on the group. read more

Re: It is with great regret…

Such a sad loss. Bob was a wonderful person. I so enjoyed watching the great friendship he and Herb had at those earlier Viscomm meetings and having the opportunity to hear his wisdom individually or as group.

Stay safe everyone,

Ron Osgood

It is with great regret…

Craig Denton asked me to distribute this to the VisComm list…

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Bob Tiemens on March 29 in Colorado Springs from the coronavirus. Bob was one of the co-founders of the Visual Communication Conference with Herb Zettl. A pioneer in the area of visual communication, Bob’s quick mind, dry wit and easy smile will be sorely missed. Should you wish to toast Bob’s memory, remember that a Manhattan was his cocktail of choice. 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

Final Program

2019-06-19 • Wednesday

07:00 – 09:00 PM • Welcome Reception

  • Welcome by Kim Komenich site planner, Trischa Goodnow program planner
  • Introductions

2019-06-20 • Thursday

07:30 – 9:00 AM • Breakfast

09:00 – 10:30 AM • The Past and Future of Viscom

Round Table

Virginia Kidd, Conrad Smith, Scott Campbell, Erin Cook (chair)

10:30 – 10:45 AM • Break

10:45 – 11:45 AM • Connecting through the Visual read more

Very Tentative 2019 Program

Hi All,

Below provides a temporary program for this year’s conference. A couple of notes:

Still confirming times for meals, first panel participants, and session chairs. If you’d like to volunteer for either of the panel slots let me know.

Also, we had a little bit of time, and we’ve talked about in the past doing a round table on teaching tips/projects, etc. So, if you’ve got a cool assignment you’d like to share, let me know and I’ll put you down. Time to talk will be determined by the number of people who would like to share. read more

SFSU Multi Media Position

Position Description

San Francisco State University’s Journalism Department offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track assistant professor with expertise in multimedia journalism across digital platforms starting in August 2019. We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests include digital/online journalism, data journalism, beginning and advanced video and audio storytelling. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research or creative works, teaching, and/or service, and through diversity, to the excellence of the academic community.

The Journalism Department was founded in 1960 and is one of eight universities in California that is accredited through the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The department prides itself in preparing students for careers in various journalistic positions in a quickly evolving industry and works to develop adaptability and versatility in its students.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.
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