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Our faculty and staff are dedicated to giving you the education you deserve –the best. Through collaborations, office hours, and spending time in the classroom, we feel like we get to know you pretty well. We are excited to get to know you and hope you're ready to get to know us.
Erin Sherwood | mass comm. – public relations graduateNot only did the UWEC Communication and Journalism department arm me with the knowledge and skills to pursue whatever professional dream I have, it also introduced me to some of the greatest, most helpful professors around. I constantly felt challenged, yet comfortable to ask for help when I needed it.
As an award-winning journalist, I have worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers from Alaska to New York state. I teach both introductory and advanced reporting courses in the department and have a particular interest in the role of journalism in democratic society. One of my favorite things to do is to help young journalists find work in the field. When I'm not encouraging students to higher levels of academic achievement with home-baked treats, I prefer to be outside sailing, biking, kayaking and a lot of other "i-n-g" stuff that doesn't involve anything dying.
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
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Peter Hart-Brinson holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Sociology and Communication/Journalism. His teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of culture, media, and politics. His two active research projects concern generational change in Americans' attitude about same-sex marriage and the rise of fitness fundraisers and other forms of civic recreation in American civil society. The thing he loves most about UW-Eau Claire is working with motivated, intellectually curious students on independent and collaborative research projects, and he is always open to talking with students about their own intellectual interests and aspirations.
After earning my BFA in photography I could have become a commercial photographer, who created images for others. Instead I remained committed to fine art photography, and supplemented my income by with jobs in sales, photo assisting, freelance, and darkroom work. Graduate school at the Visual Studies Workshop expanded my photographic repertoire to include the written word, giving me new tools with which to create and preserve stories, including my artist's book, Nothing Was Ever Said. I also developed my skills as a graphic designer, which enabled me to enter the ad agency world, as both a print production manager and advertising director.
Through my avocation, Shotokan Karate, where I led self defense, I entered academic teaching with an array of real world experiences to share. Before landing at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, I taught at Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Nevada, Reno, and South Lake Tahoe Community College.
My passion for teaching derives from my interest in preserving stories. I assist my students in using multimedia technologies to share people's stories. Some of their work is available at CJ 184.002 video projects, This Is Women's Studies, which was created as part of the university's centennial celebration.
I serve as an Editorial Review Board member for the Western Journal of Communication, Communication Studies, Communication Teacher, and Speaker and Gavel. In addition, I regularly serve the discipline as a Reviewer for the Feminist and Women's Studies, Instructional Development, Basic Course, and Master's Education divisions of the National Communication Association. When I'm not working, I enjoy my neighborhood, collaborating with local not-for-profit organization initiatives, listening to oldies, grilling out, campfires, playing cards, thrifting, local arts in the Chippewa Valley, and playing members of my animal far including Kima La Pooch the Pomerianian, Facha the Ferret, and Whimzy the Budgie Perrot!
I grew up in north central Minnesota. The home I grew up in was on the edge of a wildlife management area. From my childhood, I was exposed to experiences in nature. These experiences were part of the inspiration for my interest in environmental communication (the study of how we communicate about environmental issues, concerns, and needs in social movements, in the law, in the media, etc.). I enjoy camping, hiking, and fishing and exploring our national and state parks.
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