Faculty Profile

Jerald Swope, MA

Associate Professor, Department of Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts

M.A. Missouri School of Journalism, University of Missouri
B.A. Brown University

Areas of Expertise:

Photojournalism; media literacy; digital design; photo elicitation; interdisciplinary service learning experiences

Courses I Teach:

  • Advanced Visual Storytelling
  • Digital Media; Media Revolutions
  • Photojournalism in the Digital Age

My photographs have been published in the New York Times, USA Today, the Boston Globe - Globe Magazine, Vermont Life, Sydney Morning Herald-The Age Magazine, Middlebury College Magazine, Burlington Free Press, Rapid City Journal and Vermont Public Radio web site.  In addition my work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., the Helen Day Arts Center in Stowe University of Vermont Center for Cultural Pluralism, and in the juried show of the South End Burlington Art Hop. 

Publications:

"Bridging the Interdisciplinary Gap: Team-Teaching an Interdisciplinary Service Learning Course," co-authored with Professor Patricia Siplon, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 2011.

Recent Projects

I created a long-term photo essay about contemporary Lakota life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation called "Living in Two Worlds," and preliminary research into the areas of technology and spirituality. Also, I continue to work as a facilitator and an adviser to the Exposures program, a cross-cultural photography and multimedia project that brings students from southern Vermont, and Chicago to Pine Ridge South Dakota to collaborate with Lakota youth.  

In 2007 and 2009, I traveled with students to rural Tanzania conducting advocacy journalism projects for the Ilula Orphan Program as well as researching and documenting problems associated with water scarcity.

I have been awarded four Faculty Development Grants from Saint Michael's College as well as Politi Funds for a collaborative project with students on water scarcity in rural Tanzania

Personal Web Site:

www.jerryswope.com

Favorite Subjects:

Photojournalism, and Digital Media.  I love exploring with students the ways in which new digital technologies are impacting us as individuals and our culture.

Other Facts:

- I played lacrosse for four years at Brown

- I enjoy cross country and telemark skiing

- I taught high school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota for five years.

- I have traveled in Nepal, Tibet, Tanzania, Kenya and Europe.

Recent Books Read:

The Snow Leopard, by Peter Mathiessen; The Tao Te Ching; A Plague of Doves, by Louise Erdrich; Neither Wolf nor Dog by Kent Nerburn;

Favorite Radio Shows:

This American Life, On Being, and The Moth

Jerry Swope, associate professor of media studies, journalism and digital arts, in early May had some of his photographs of a house in Stowe appear on the New York Times web site in the Real Estate section. See the feature here (Jerry's photos are numbers 22-30 of this series).

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