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About Doug Strahler
Growing up with a fascination of art and how it translated to the computer screen, I became intrigued in how to communicate messages through digital media. Over the years, my desire to continually learn how to leverage these technologies to communicate has allowed me to make a career of my passion with co-owning a graphic & web design firm, as well as teaching courses in graphic design, web design, and social media.
Currently, I am am Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Slippery Rock University. Since joining the department in 2010, I have taught courses in social media, interactive multimedia, visual literacy, digital imaging, media project management, issues in communication technology, advanced web management and public speaking. In 2017, I was awarded the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching at Slippery Rock University.
In 2014, I completed my Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Leadership at Duquesne University. My dissertation examined educators' perceptions of Twitter for educational technology professional development.
On the side, I work as a freelance illustrator and multimedia designer, and some of my past clients include JAG Products, Syracuse University, Orion International and the National Press Foundation. One of the highlights of my design career was when I got to design the multimedia presentation for the 2006 National Geographic Online's "Excellence in Online Journalism Award" shown at the National Press Foundation gala in Washington, D.C.
Since graduating from Syracuse University, I have had the opportunity to work at the university as an adjunct professor and experience starting up/running a graphic and Web design business. Both of these experiences has been very valuable in making me the person I am today. Through this experience, I have built a strong interest in studying graphic design, social networking on the Web, and the use of Web 2.0 technologies in education.
Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, cooking, brewing beer, exploring Pittsburgh, and playing soccer.