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Gordon S. Carlson, PhD
Gordon Carlson

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Director, Institute for New Media Studies

Dr. Carlson completed his Bachelors and Masters degree in Communication at Oregon State University. He completed his doctorate in New Media Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago while working in the Electronic Visualization Laboratory. Having taught in Chicago, Hawaii, and Kansas City, Dr. Carlson is currently at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. An Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies department, his work focuses on understanding how new media interact with rhetorical constructions through disruption and convergence. He is the founding Director of the Institute for New Media Studies which engages in a number of transdisciplinary projects, many of which revolve around 3D visualization of complex concepts and new approaches to pedagogy and learning.

Office: Malloy Hall 105
Phone: 785-628-5876
Email: gscarlson@fhsu.edu

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012
M.A., Oregon State University, 2005
B.S., Oregon State University, 2004

Ella Ding
Ella Ding, Research Assistant

Research Assistant, Institute for New Media Studies

Ella completed her Bachelors at Nanyang Normal University and Masters degree in Psychology at Tianjin Normal University of China. After graduation, she worked for the Academic Evaluation & Assessment Office of Sias International University. During design of the Sias Academic Evaluation management system, she took a strong interest in web design. Ella is currently in her second year of the Masters of Professional Studies (MPS) program focused on web development. Ella intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction.

Office: Malloy Hall 106
Phone: 785-628-4784
Email: m_ding6.se@fhsu.edu

M.Ed., Tianjin Normal University, 2013
B.S., Nanyang Normal University, 2011

Oliver Zhang
oliver

Research Assistant, Institute for New Media Studies

Oliver (Peng Zhang) earned his Bachelors of Engineering at Zhengzhou University in China and completed a Masters degree focused on Information Assurance at Fort Hays State University. He served as the Director of the Instructional Technology department at Sias International University where he supported faculty development training, instructional design, and learning management system management. Oliver is now studying web development at Fort Hays and intends to pursue a Ph.D. in human-computer interaction and data sciences.

Office: Malloy Hall 106
Phone: 785-628-4784
Email: p_zhang15_sia.se@fhsu.edu

M.P.S., Fort Hays State University, 2013
B.E., Zhengzhou University, 2004

Tessa Simon
oliver

New Media Artist, Institute for New Media Studies

Tessa Simon is originally from Wichita, Kansas where she developed her love of art and hands-on work. She is studying in the Department of Art and Design working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Tessa chose to join the tiger family not only for the strong art program, but also because of the highly selective Honors College to which she was admitted. She plans to complete her degree by 2022 and take her place as a graphic design professional, possibly returning to Wichita. Her role as a New Media Artist in the institute focuses on a special project, Tiger Range, which looks to create multimodal visualizations of the Fort Hays State University campus in a number of formats including 2D, 3D, physical, digital, and virtual. Tessa’s work is part of a collaboration between the institute and the FHSU Foundation.

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