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New director named to Ohio University School of Visual Communication

Terry Eiler
Terry Eiler
ATHENS, Ohio -- Terrill (Terry) E. Eiler has been named the director of the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University for a five-year term effective Sept. 1. He is the school's co-founder and third director.

Eiler has been associated with Ohio University's photography program since 1974. The School of Visual Communication is an interdisciplinary program that crossed the boundaries of the College of Fine Arts and the College of Communication to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in digital and traditional image making in photography.

Eiler has twice been named a University Professor at Ohio University. In 1994, he was named the Kodak Professor to Australia, and, in 1993, received the annual Faculty Excellence in Teaching award from Ohio University's Class of 1950.

As a publication photographer and field researcher in documentary photojournalism, Eiler has produced material for the National Geographic Society's books and magazines for 16 years. His work has been featured in GEO, Sunset, Paris Match and National Geographic.

In 1970, Eiler was involved in Project Documerica, which was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency to record the state of the environment prior to major air and water legislation. Eiler has also been a filed researcher on four Library of Congress American Folklife Center projects, a Calvert Marine Museum project on the Patuxent River watermen, and has recently finished a project documenting the people of West Virginia's Coal River Valley. His work has been featured in five books: "Life in a Narrow Place"; "27 & 1, The Fun of Basketball is Winning"; "Working the Water, the Patuxent River Project"; "Blue Ridge Harvest"; and "David L. Hostetler, The Carver."

Eiler currently serves on the academic advisory board of the Slat Center for documentary studies in Portland, Maine. As a digital specialist and color separation consultant, he has worked as a color adviser for newspapers from Scotland to Australia.

Eiler resides in Athens, Ohio, with his wife, Lyntha Scott Eiler. They have two grown children: Andrew and Christina, both of Athens.

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