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In fall 2013, the College of Arts, Media and Design welcomed our inaugural Professors of the Practice to campus. These renowned industry leaders are sharing their expertise in architecture, gaming, music, filmmaking, and popular culture with the CAMD community.


The Professors of the Practice at CAMD are entrepreneurial, unyielding, and committed to the future of their fields. Their accomplishments include launching an international game-making competition, leading groundbreaking music ensembles, creating award-winning films, founding the TED conference, and building some of the tallest buildings on the planet.

Tracy Strain

Award-winning filmmaker and producer TRACY HEATHER STRAIN is dedicated to telling stories and supporting her students. We asked her a few questions about how she has channeled years of experience as president and CEO of the Film Posse into her role as professor of the practice of Media and Screen Studies.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AS AN EDUCATOR?

I want students to be inspired by the work and effectively learn the basics of telling stories on a screen. Making films is a complicated process involving many, many details and decisions which can be overwhelming even when you do it all of the time. I am working with faculty in Media and Screen Studies to develop courses and experiences that will move students beyond the basics. Eventually I would like to see CAMD students represented in more film festivals and competitions like the student Academy Awards.

HOW ARE YOU INTEGRATING YOUR WORK INTO THE CLASSROOM?

I organize the coursework in my classes so that the assignments correspond to real-life production practices mixed with readings, screenings, and discussions about documentary filmmaking. I try to focus students on the key skills required to succeed in this business. One is learning to tell a story. Another is developing and executing a process to manage a lot of details. Even though some students may not be interested in pursuing media-making jobs after graduation, most fields today use video to get their message out to the world and everyone wants organized employees.

WHAT ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM YOUR TIME AT CAMD?

As someone who is typically working with just a few people at our company, the highlight has been meeting and interacting with the faculty and staff. I really enjoy the Tuesday lunches in the Dean’s Office as well as spending time in the Media Studio in Shillman. I always meet new faculty in studio. There are so many talented and interesting people working in CAMD, and I will count myself blessed if I get a chance to develop a media project with some of them.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Producer for the recently released Silicon Valley and The Rise and Fall of Penn Station for PBS’s American Experience
  • Director, producer, and writer for films in Blackside’s I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Art, which won a George Foster Peabody Award and Organization of American Historians’ Erik Barnouw Award

COURSES AT CAMD

  • Topics in Documentary Production

Susan Gold

PROFESSOR OF THE PRACTICE AND ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF GAME DESIGN

Game designer and entrepreneur Susan Gold comes to CAMD with years of experience in technology, art, education, and community engagement. She is Professor of the Practice and Associate Director of Game Design.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Founder and president of the Global Game Jam, an annual event that challenges game enthusiasts worldwide to create a playable game in 48 hours
  • Serves as an advisor to the Office of Science Technology Policy in the Obama White House

COURSES AT CAMD

  • The Business of Games
  • Game Design Capstone
Game designers hard at work during Global Game Jam

Game designers hard at work during Global Game Jam


Gary Haney

PROFESSOR OF THE PRACTICE OF ARCHITECTURE

Gary Haney is an award-winning architect whose expertise in tall buildings and sustainable design strategies has taken him—and his work—around the world.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Design partner at one of the world’s most prestigious firms, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
  • Recent projects include the Al Rajhi Bank Headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; the Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City; and the Al Sharq Tower in Dubai

COURSES AT CAMD

  • Year-long graduate research and design studio focused on tall buildings
Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City, designed by Gary Haney

Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City, designed by Gary Haney


Gil Rose

PROFESSOR OF THE PRACTICE OF MUSIC

Gil Rose is an internationally-regarded conductor and founder of Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Three time Grammy Award nominee
  • Recently founded Odyssey Opera, which gave its inaugural performance in fall 2013
  • Artistic Director of Monadnock Music festival

COURSES AT CAMD

  • 20th-Century Music
  • Master Class of student composers focusing on performing and recording student compositions
Gil Rose conducts a performance by BMOP

Gil Rose conducts a performance by BMOP


Richard Saul Wurman

DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR OF THE PRACTICE AT THE COLLEGE OF ARTS, MEDIA AND DESIGN

Described by Fortune magazine as an “intellectual hedonist” with a “hummingbird mind,” Richard Saul Wurman has worked as an author, architect, cartographer, designer, and professor, among other roles.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Founded and chaired the annual TED conference series from 1984-2002
  • Written and designed 83 books
  • Coined the term “Information Architecture”

COURSES AT CAMD

  • Special Topics: Curiosity, Conversation and Connection
  • Curated three conversations in partnership with Northeastern Center for the Arts
Richard Saul Wurman with musician and entertainer will.i.am

Richard Saul Wurman with musician and entertainer will.i.am