Professor of Communication
"SUU's Master of Arts in Professional Communication is an applied program. We help students use information and research to make informed decisions that will lead to effective message design."
In which online degree program do you teach?
Links to share?
Short film produced about the history of SUU: Jon Smith Video: YouTube channel
Which classes do you teach online?
COMM 6010: Applied Communication Theory
What do you want students in your courses to learn? What is the learning outcome or objective?
Students should understand the process and complexities of communication messages. Communication practitioners need to carefully study and understand message design to be effective communicators.
Why did you start teaching?
I want to share my passion for the effectiveness of photographic and video imagery in a media-oriented society.
What advice would you give to those considering this program?
SUU's Master of Arts in Professional Communication is an applied program. We help students use information and research to make informed decisions that will lead to effective message design. This enables students to use their existing work environment and projects or start new projects and endeavors.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in the field in which you teach?
Passion and commitment. Media and communication practitioners need to spend a lot of time doing what they do. The media business sometimes requires late nights and quick deadlines, but it is worth it as we make a difference helping society make informed decisions.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?
Communication scholars and practitioners have the challenge of helping message consumers determine the truth and accuracy of the sender whether it be mainstream media, social media, or business or political messages.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
Murrow: His Life and Times by A.M. Sperber
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.
I grew up in Hawaii so I have an "Aloha Spirit" approach to life—a little laid back and looking for the good in life.