Adam Dean

Dr. Adam Dean


Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
Associate Professor, Department of Communication

Research/Teaching Interests: new media technology theory, models of media production and distribution

Dr. Adam Dean is an Associate Professor of digital media production and theory at Barry University. He earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University where he studied in the interdisciplinary Media Art & Text program. Before that Dr. Dean earned a Master’s in Radio, TV and Film from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor's in Media Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Dean teaches both production and theory courses in digital media studies. Production course themes include multimedia storytelling through sound, text, video and photography with a focus on web distribution. Dr. Dean also teaches a study abroad course in Rome, Italy each summer in which students write, edit and produce a cultural documentary for public television. Non­-production digital media theory course themes include digital culture and identity, the performance of self on the internet, and human­-computer interaction.

Dr. Dean's research agenda yields professional presentations and publications annually. Recent peer-­reviewed publications and professional presentations include Capturing the Human Experience: Looking with Technology in The International Journal of the Image, Who am I?: the performance and governance of self in digital communities presented at the International Communication Association annual conference and The First Person: Opposition Culture in Games of War presented at the Media Ecology Association annual conference.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Dean works with community partners on media education initiatives and is a 2016 Spirit of Service Learning Award Finalist. His service mission is based on intercultural civic education through media, bringing together students and non-­profits to create media that document and preserve culture. Recent projects include an advocacy documentary on threats to the Florida aquifer, an instructional video series for the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee program, and a historical documentary and online media archive of the founding of Barry University by the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Dr. Dean’s commitment to civic education extends to fellowships and committee work as well. He has recently completed a fellowship with the New Leaders Council of Broward County and is the 2016-2017 Service­-Learning Faculty Fellow for Barry University's Center for Community Service Initiatives. He also sits on a number of committees at Barry University and in the local community.

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