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Alec Hosterman

A native of South Bend, Indiana, Alec R. Hosterman is a Senior Lecturer in the Communication Arts program at IU South Bend. He holds an M.A. in Speech Communication from Ball State University and a B.A. in Communication Studies from Aquinas College. Currently, Alec is pursuing a Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University, focusing on the rhetoric of hyperreality, new media, graphic novels, and comics theory. He keeps a blog about this topic and others related to his research:

In 2001, Alec joined the Communication Arts faculty full time, teaching courses in Visual Communication, Comics and Graphic Novels, Argumentation, Deception, Communication Theory, Rhetoric, and Public Relations. As a natural extension of his teaching, Alec serves the Michiana community by giving seminars in deception and identity theft to local non-profit agencies.

Prior to teaching, Alec worked in the public relations and marketing department Playing Mantis, Inc., a Michiana-based national toy manufacturer. There, he worked on the company website, wrote press releases and web copy, performed digital photography, and worked on special event coordination. Alec brings this experience to the classroom with his upper-level public relations classes.

Apart from life in the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, Alec is an avid photographer that enjoys life behind the lens, taking candid pictures of his rather mischievous cats, cute dog, wildlife, flowers, and zoo animals ( Alec lives with his wife, two cats, and dog in Mishawaka, Indiana.

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