Stan Alost, Interim Director and Associate Professor
Stan Alost has over 20 years of experience in the visual communication field and has held with positions in management, photo editor, photojournalist and designer at various newspapers, including The St. Petersburg Times. He has served as a freelance photojournalist and picture editor for the Associated Press and United Press International. Beyond newspapers, his work has been published in Life, Ohio 24/7 and Newsphotographer magazine.
Alost is the Contest Coordinator for the international NPPA Best of Photojournalism Picture Editing Contest. He volunteers to help promote the Festival of the Photograph event held in Charlottesville, Va., annually. And he served as co-chair of the National Press Photographers Association Flying Short Course for three years and served on the Visual Edge Workshop staff.
Alost holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication degree from Louisiana State University, a Master of Science degree from Ohio University, where he was a Knight Fellow, and he is currently working on a Doctoral degree in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. He is a member of Kappa Tau Alpha and Gama Beta Phi honors societies and the Associated Press Photo Managers group.
Alost teaches courses in Visual Communication, Picture Editing, Photojournalism, Advanced Photographic Reportage and Visual Communication Management. He was selected University Professor in 2010-2011.
Contact Info: (740) email@example.comOffice: 301E Seigfred Hall
Josh Birnbaum, Instructor
Josh Birnbaum is a photographer and rocket scientist currently living on the southeastern edge of Ohio. Prior to teaching in VisCom, he was a visiting artist with the Athens Photographic Project, a nonprofit fine arts program that offers photography classes as a component of mental health recovery. He has also worked for the Oakland Tribune, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, The Omaha World-Herald, The Peoria Journal Star, and The Dallas Morning News. In addition, for a brief time, he interned at photographer James Nachtwey's studio.
Currently, Josh produces photography and multimedia for the National Network of Forest Practitioners, a leading forestry nonprofit based in Athens, Ohio. In 2011, he received a fellowship from them to document forestry issues across the country, and traveled to seven states over a period of 10 weeks. He also works as a photographer for Project LAUNCH, which is a federal grant that benefits community organizations to improve childhood wellness. This program is through Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Josh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Arts degree in Photography from Ohio University. He plans to get a Ph.D. sometime soon. He is a visiting instructor in VisCom and teaches courses in photography, picture editing, digital imaging and audio/video.
Contact Info: (740) firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice: 097B Radio Television Building
Terry Eiler, Professor
Terry Eiler is a field researcher, magazine photographer, documentary photojournalist and co-founder of Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication and the school’s current director. As a publication photographer, he produced material for the National Geographic Society’s books and magazines over a 20-year period. His work has been featured in GEO, Sunset, Paris Match and National Geographic. As a documentary photographer, he has been involved in Project Documerica, the 1970 project funded by the EPA to record the state of the environment prior to major air and water legislation. He has been a field researcher on four Library of Congress American Folklife Center projects, the Calvert Marine Museum project on the Patuxent River Watermen and a project documenting the people of West Virginia’s Coal River Valley for the American Folklife Center. His work has been the visual anchor of five books.
In 1994, Eiler was named the Kodak Professor to Australia. He is the chair of the academic advisory board of the Salt Center for documentary studies in Portland, Maine. He serves on the National Press Photographers Association's contest governing board for the Best in Photojournalism annual competition. He is the director of the annual Scotland Field School in Documentary Photojournalism. As a professor at Ohio University he has twice been named University Professor for his teaching excellence and in 1993 was presented Ohio University’s Alumni Teaching Excellence award.
Eiler teaches courses in Documentary Photography, Interactive Media, Newspaper Picture Story, Advanced Publication Photography, Graduate Seminar and the Scotland Field School in Documentary Photojournalism.
He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from Ohio University. After completing post-graduate studies at the University of Missouri, he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from Ohio University.
Contact Info: (740) email@example.comOffice: 301F Seigfred Hall
Julie M. Elman, Associate Professor
Julie M. Elman has more than 15 years of experience in the newspaper industry, including designing and picture editing at various newspapers, including The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. She has won numerous awards of excellence for news pages from the Society for News Design. Elman has taught photojournalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Tennessee Wesleyan College, and design at Virginia Wesleyan College.
Elman designed Pete Souza’s book The Rise of Barack Obama. She also designed the book Stories from the Anne Grimes Collection of American Folk Music. Elman is the co-author of The Newspaper Designer’s Handbook, 7th edition.
She has participated as a faculty member in many workshops, including Society for News Design Quick Course, Stan Kalish Picture Editing Workshop, Truth With a Camera and the Missouri Photo Workshop. Elman earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in commercial art from the University of Dayton and an Master of Fine Arts degree in fine art photography from Ohio University.
Elman teaches courses in Design. She was selected for the Teaching Excellence Award in 2012.
Contact Info: (740) firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice: 301B Seigfred Hall
Sam Girton, Associate Professor
Sam Girton has more than 15 years of professional experience as a photographer, web and print designer. He has worked for numerous clients, including The American Bar Association, PBS, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Electronic Data Systems, Clear Channel Communications, Foam Magazine, GigBot.net, David Hostetler, Marietta Memorial Hospital, Lineberger Cancer Center, Rocky Boots and World Book Marketing.
He has led in many workshops, including The Ohio Arts Council Summer Media Institute, and has experience in conducting study programs: Design in Asia, Design at the University of Guyana (a USAID-funded workshop), and Documentary Filmmaking in Letterkenny, Ireland.
He has collaborated on special projects with The School of Interior Architecture and The School of Media Arts and Studies, which resulted in student work that was displayed in The Chicago Art Institute and recognized internationally by the media. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Girton is the faculty advisor for The Ohio University Multimedia Society and serves as a liaison between the faculty and Ohio University Information Technology department.
Girton teaches courses in Desktop Publishing, Web Design, Web Animation, Motion Graphics, Audio/Video Production and 3D Modeling. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Ohio University. Girton was selected for the University Professor award for the 2012-2013 academic year.
A complete list of Girton's creative activity can be found at www.samgirton.com
Contact Info: (740) email@example.comOffice: 327D Seigfred Hall
Larry Hamel-Lambert, Associate Professor
Larry Hamel-Lambert has 25 years experience working in the industry as a photographer and picture editor. Past employers include The Cleveland Press, The Cincinnati Post, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, The Washington (D.C.) Times, The Providence (R.I.) Journal, USA Today, and The Associated Press Washington, D.C., bureau.
His photographs have received recognition from The Ohio News Photographers Association, the Society of News Design, The Associated Press and the Atlanta Seminar. His photographs have appeared in magazines, books, and exhibitions. Currently, he is a frequent photographic contributor to Woodcraft Magazine.
Hamel-Lambert holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Bowling Green State University and a Masters of Arts in Photography degree from Ohio University.
His main areas of interest involve creating an architectural series of large-format, black-and-white images of country churches in Ohio; making large-format portraits using vintage lenses; and documenting community projects.
Hamel-Lambert teaches courses in Visual Communication Skills, Still Life and Architectural Photography, and Business and Studio Practices.
Contact Info: (740) firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice: 327A Seigfred Hall
Gary Kirksey, Associate Professor
Gary Kirksey has more than 25 years of experience in the field of commercial photography and has had numerous clients over the years, including Proctor & Gamble, Longaberger Corporation, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Constitution, Miami University, Real Simple and The Cincinnati Reds. In New York City, he worked as a studio associate for Hashi Studio, a studio manager for Kan Photography. He also worked as a photographer for Lighthouse Productions in Cincinnati.
His photographs have been exhibited widely across the country, including at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ky., the Ohio State University Urban Arts Space in Columbus, Ohio, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. His images are part of the permanent collection at the Avampato Discovery Museum in Charleston, W. Va., and the Dallas African-American Art Museum in Dallas, Texas. His art work is included in more than 40 public, private and corporate collections in the United States.
Kirksey's photographs have been published in numerous books, including "Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers" and publications, such as Life magazine, two Quilt National books and The Wall Street Journal. His current projects in progress are "Documenting Tuskegee Airmen" and "A Vanishing Generation: 44601 and Beyond."
Kirksey teaches courses in Commercial Photography, Photo Business Practices and Portfolio Development. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Miami University and a Master of Arts degree in Photography from Ohio University.
Contact Info: (740) email@example.comOffice: 301C Seigfred Hall
Marcy Nighswander, Professor
Marcy Nighswander is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist who has extensive experience in the industry. She was a staff photographer for the Washington Bureau of The Associated Press, The Cincinnati Post, Akron Beacon Journal and Review Times (Fostoria, Ohio).
While working for The Associated Press, she was one of a group of photographers who won a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for their coverage of the 1992 presidential campaign.
Nighswander has been part of many seminars and workshops, including the White House News Photographers Association, Northern Short Course, Southwestern Photojournalism Conference and the National Press Photographers Association. Her work has been published in numerous newspapers, books, and magazines including Life magazine, Newsweek, Time, People and Fortune.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Bowling Green State University. At Ohio University, she teaches courses in Photojournalism and is the faculty advisor to the student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. She was selected for the University Professor award for the 1999-2000 academic school year.
Contact Info: (740) firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice: 301D Seigfred Hall
William Schneider, Associate Professor
William Schneider earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Before teaching in the School of Visual Communication, he spent several years teaching in Ohio University's School of Art photography program after earning his MFA. Before that, he was a Research Scientist at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio.
Schneider has had his photographic work published in 23 photo shows, written 19 articles and has more than 600 illustrations, both photos and graphics, published in the Prentice-Hall book titled “Italian Renaissance Art: A Source Book.” He is also listed as a Technical Editor on five computer graphics software books.
He is named as inventor or co-inventor on three U.S. patents for work done before entering academia.
Schneider teaches courses in Digital Imaging and Traditional Darkroom Photography.
Contact Info: (740) email@example.comOffice: 301G Seigfred Hall
Rebecca Sell, Assistant Professor
Becky Sell is a multimedia producer, editor and photojournalist. She has worked as a multimedia editor and staff photographer at The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., and has also interned at The Herald in Jasper, Ind., and The Courier-Press in Evansville, Ind. Her work on Marines in Afghanistan has been published on time.com, usatoday.com and The Washington Post.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Photojournalism from Ohio University and a Master of Science degree in New Media from Syracuse University.
Sell teaches courses in Audio/Video Storytelling, Picture Editing, Information Architecture, User Experience, Flash and Actionscript 3.0.
Contact Info: (740) firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice: 327B Seigfred Hall
Marlene Shostak, Department Administrator
Marlene Shostak joined the School of Visual Communication in September 2011, after working for five years as Assistant to the Dean in the Scripps College of Communication dean’s office. For two years prior to that she was the Administrative Assistant for Fiscal Services in the English Department. As Department Administrator for VisCom she oversees the daily operation of the school and works closely with the school director on the budget, class scheduling, grad appointments, and many other things.
Marlene is currently a senior at Ohio University, taking a class a semester toward her bachelor’s degree. She was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi in 2008.
Contact Info: (740) email@example.comOffice: 301 Seigfred Hall
Pete Souza, Assistant Professor
Pete Souza, the Chief Official White House Photographer, is currently on leave from teaching at Ohio University. Souza has worked as a Photographer for the Chicago Tribune (Washington, D.C., bureau) and has freelanced for National Geographic, Life magazine and other many other publications. From 1983-1989, he was the Official White house Photographer for President Ronald Reagan. In 2001, Souza was part of the team at the Chicago Tribune who won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.
Souza is the author/photographer of three books, including the New York Times Bestseller The Rise of Barack Obama.
Souza’s photographs have been exhibited widely. He’s had solo exhibits at Kansas State University, the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of North Carolina, the National Press Club and Fermilab (Chicago). His work has been part of group exhibits at The Smithsonian Museum of American History, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Archives, the Newseum and Boston University.
Souza holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Communication from Boston University and a Masters of Science degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Kansas State University. When at Ohio University, Souza taught courses in Visual Communication Skills and Photojournalism.
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice:
Nick Steinbauer, Instructor
Nick Steinbauer has nearly a decade of experience in Web and Graphic Design. He was the Web and Publications Manager for Sea Education Association and since 2005, has successfully run Nahodha Design LLC. His long list of website design clients include designing websites for SEA Semester, The Jet Express, Swirl Winebar, Greendoor Mediaworks and the Commodore Resort.
Additionally, Steinbauer is an experienced boat captain for Put-in-Bay Boat line.
Steinbauer teaches courses in Web Design, Information Architecture, User Interface Design and Front-End Development. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Design and Visual Communications from Bowling Green State University.
Contact Info: (740) email@example.comOffice: 327 Seigfred Hall
Lisa Villamil, Assistant Professor
Lisa Villamil has more than 15 years of experience in the editorial, advertising and design industries. She is a cross-media, cross-platform information designer and creative director for editorial and commercial projects.
Villamil’s current research and creative activities focus on understanding cultural and contextual relationships underlying visual language, information graphics, data visualization and visual storytelling.
She served as a research editor for the Cannes Lions Taiwan Office at the annual Cannes Lions International Creativity Festival in France, helping to produce bilingual videos and applications about the creative industry. Villamil also served on the Truth with a Camera workshop staff for two years and on the AIGA Hampton Roads Board of Directors for four years.
Villamil has a Masters in Art Education degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and a Bachelor of Science in History from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is faculty advisor for Thread, a student-produced online fashion magazine.
At Ohio University, Villamil teaches courses in Information Graphics, Data Visualization and Publication Design.
Contact Info: (740) firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice: 327C Seigfred Hall