New names and faces
This fall the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts welcomes three new faculty members. Joining the faculty are Lecturer in Communications Kimberly McInerney, Assistant Professor of Music Ken Douglas and Assistant Professor of New Media Eric Souther.
Kimberly McInerney – lecturer in communications
As a child I was a straight A student, except for one discipline – conduct. Not a single one of my teachers could get me to stop talking. In eighth grade I was voted most likely to host a talk show. It seems fitting that I now teach public speaking for the communication studies department.
After several jobs in the public relations field and completing my master’s degree at the University of Notre Dame, I feel a sense of coming home joining the faculty as I graduated from the Raclin School of the Arts with a B.A., having majored in mass communication concentrating in public relations with a minor in speech.
I continue to use my public relations background teaching the Introduction to Public Relations course in the fall and my gift of gab (I have kissed the Blarney Stone, that may have something to do with it) teaching the art of public speaking.
Ken Douglas – assistant professor of music
I am originally from California, where I taught music for several years before pursuing my graduate degrees. My time as a public school music teacher is what led me to develop my professional identity as music educator. I earned my master's degree from Michigan State University and my Ph.D from University of North Carolina, Greensboro. I have performed and presented my research nationally and internationally. My research interests include lifelong learning, teacher training, motivation, and improvisation.
Outside the classroom, I enjoy traveling, cooking, golfing, and of course, making music.
Eric Souther – assistant professor of new media
I grew up in Ethel, a small town of 100 people located in northeast Missouri. From an early age I knew I wanted to be an artist. When I was 17 I bought my first computer, an eMac. I was fascinated by the computer’s creative potential. I hold a B.F.A. in New Media and a M.F.A. in Electronic Integrated Arts.
As an artist, I am interested in unseen signals, language, digital life, and the complexities of data. I create interactive systems that manipulate audio and video in real-time. I love to collaborate across many disciplines.