Faculty Profile

Kimberly Sultze, PhD

Associate Professor of Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts

M.A., Ph.D. New York University
B.A. Carleton College

I came to Saint Michael's from New York University, where I taught in the Department of Culture and Communication, Program in Media Ecology.

Professional Experience:

Prior to earning my academic credentials, I worked in print journalism at The Independent Monthly in Sydney, in television production at KTCA-TV/Twin Cities Public Television, and as an editor with FIS-New York. In 1994, I served as planning director for the Institute on Media Literacy and Education. I have traveled and performed research in Sri Lanka, India, Egypt, Israel, Australia and New Zealand.

Areas of Expertise:

My teaching and research interests include visual communication (digital imaging, photography, film, video and Web design); intercultural communication; the history, criticism, and theory of communication; and the cultural implications of new media techniques and technologies.

Courses I Teach:

  • New Media I and II
  • Senior Seminar
  • Feature Writing: Nature and the Outdoors.

Research Interests:

Visual communication (digital imaging, photography, film, video and Web design); intercultural communication; the history, criticism, and theory of communication; and the cultural implications of new media techniques and technologies.

Life Off Campus:

In addition to teaching, I am quietly passionate about skiing, snowboarding, soccer, tennis, kayaking and windsurfing.

Kimberly Sultze and Jon Hyde, associate professors of media studies, journalism and digital arts, and recently completed their Fulbright Fellowships in Borneo, Malaysia.  Over the past few months, their wildlife and conservation photography has been featured by the San Diego Museum of Natural History, the Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and several fine art galleries throughout the U.S.  In April, they were invited by the Embassy of the United States in Brunei Darussalam to give presentations on environmental education and on strategies for raising environmental awareness to media professionals, academics, and members of Brunei’s environmental NGOs.  They also gave a workshop on best practices of conservation and environmental photography, with a session in the field at Tasek Lama Nature Reserve in Bandar Seri Begawan.  In October, they’ll present “Environmental Education: Using Digital Media Arts to Engage Young Adults in the Values of Wilderness“ in Albuquerque at the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, National Wilderness Conference.  This presentation will highlight successful strategies from Kimberly’s course Nature and Outdoor Writing, and Jon’s course Adventure Filmmaking.
(posted August 2014)

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze, associate professors of media studies, journalism and digital arts, recently had several photographs published by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a national leader in avian study and conservation. Their images of the Tody Motmot (Panama), the Laughing Falcon (Costa Rica), and the White-Headed Wren (Panama) have been used in Neotropical Birds. In December, their image of a Western Grebe family was selected as a finalist for the 2012 National Wildlife Refuge Photography Competition and is featured on the 2012 National Wildlife Refuge Association's Conservation Report. Their work is also currently on exhibit as part of the international juried show, "Birds: Real or Imagined," at the Photoplace Gallery in Middlebury.

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