Dr. Cliff Hersey
Dr. Hersey returns to the Comm Arts Department this year after serving for 12 years as Dean of Global Education. In addition to serving as department chair, he teaches several of the foundation courses as well as upper-level Public Speaking and Theory options. He also supervises the Internship program and covers the Senior Seminar course. Dr. Hersey holds degrees in Speech and Literature, Ministry, Education, and Higher Education Administration.
Dr. Grace Chiou
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Dr. Chiou comes to Gordon College after completing her Ph.D. work at the University of Denver. Her concentration is in cultural theory with a focus on religion and media. She also holds degrees from New York University and Penn State University. Dr. Chiou teaches several of the foundation courses as well as Persuasion, Public Relations and Advertising, and Social Media. Dr. Chiou will also teach the Marketing course for the Economics and Business department.
Production, Documentary, Cinematography
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M.F.A. University of North Texas
Scott Thurman, born in Lubbock, TX, earned his M.F.A. in Documentary Film from the University of North Texas. He worked as a news photographer for 4 years and produced 3 short films while at the University of North Texas, including "Smokey," a short documentary about an Elvis impersonator, which was selected by film festivals such as AFI Dallas, L.A. Film Festival, Hot Springs Doc Festival, and Austin Film Festival.
His recent documentary The Revisionaries won the 2014 duPont Award, which recognizes excellence in broadcast and digital journalism in public service. It also competed in the University Film & Video Assoc. conference in Montana in August 2014.
Scott teaches a range of courses for the Communication Arts department, including Visual Storytelling, Introduction to Production, Cinematography, Documentary Production, and History of the Documentary.
Dr. Moisés Park
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Dr. Park joins the Comm Arts department in a half-time assignment (shared with the Languages and Linguistics department). Dr. Park’s main research projects include contemporary Southern Cone literature and films, poetry, Orientalism, critical theory, and cultural studies. In the Comm Arts curriculum, he teaches Intercultural Communication, Media Criticism, and specialties in film critique. His presentations include areas of Latin American literature and cinema, the politics of martial arts films, religion, Orientalism, and Asian American Studies.
Dr. Park holds degrees from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and the University of California (Davis).
Adjunct Instructor, Video Production
Daniel E. García is a Peruvian filmmaker and educator dedicated to the development of visual storytelling curricula and socially relevant filmmaking. He holds an M.F.A. in Film Production from Ohio University, an M.A. in Communications from Wheaton College and a Bachelors Degree in Linguistics and Literature from The Pontific Catholic University of Perú at Lima. He is also an AVID Media Composer Certified Instructor.
Professor García has been the adjunct and associate professor and head of the video production programs at Calvin College (2003–2011) and Spring Hill College (2011–2013). He has also taught courses in Latin American political film history in various universities in the US as well as giving workshops on visual storytelling, scriptwriting and video editing in Latin America and Africa. His creative work includes the documentaries Lurigancho, Drawings and War, and The Gift of All. His latest narrative piece, Pescadora, brings attention to the realities of the woman in the fishing villages of the Pacific coast of South America. You can learn more at www.danielenriquegarcia.com. His work has been screened in national and international film festivals, academic conferences and has been broadcasted in regional PBS stations. His films have won multiple awards, among the latest The Boston International Latino Film Festival and the HBO New York Latino International Film Festival. He is currently working in the development of his first feature length film while working as a communications consultant and freelance filmmaker.
John Sarrouf is a writer, union actor and director who has worked in theater and film for 20 years. John has also studied conflict resolution and is a mediator and facilitator with the Public Conversations Project, a dialogue center dedicated to preventing and transforming conflict about issues of identity, values and belief. John teaches interpersonal communication, introduction to screenwriting, and mediation.