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Dr. Bowers is the new Media Studies Coordinator
By Alexis Gardner
Dr. Kevin “West” Bowers, who is still basking in his recent promotion to associate professor, has now been appointed as the new media studies coordinator.
“I’m excited about my chance to serve the school in a new way,” Bowers said.
Prior to this appointment, Bowers focused on teaching. He has taught a plethora of classes, mainly the ones in the production technology concentration like media performance, electronic field production, video editing, digital media digital imaging and also some graduate courses. He just started teaching a new graduate course this semester called strategic video production. A joint collaboration with him and the master’s program coordinators helped create this new course.
But what does he enjoy teaching the most? “I think probably video editing is my favorite. Because of my background and my real-world experience is in video editing. So any time I have a chance to teach that I enjoy it because I’m able to relate my experiences. And I think it’s helpful to the students,” Bowers said.
Some of that real-world experience he got was when he was in L.A. working with MTV and VH1 on pilot shows. “It was just kind of good entry point…you didn’t have to have a ton of experience starting out,” Bowers said. He worked on a few pilots and some big shows like ‘Rob and Big,’ which he was the assistant editor for, for two seasons.
Bowers describes himself as someone who is, “…heavily invested in the School of Communication.” He said having this new position allows him to still be able to focus on his teaching, research, work with students, while also having a hand in how the school moves forward.
“I think it’s good to get involved in the administrative side and understand what administration deals with and how we can work with administration to improve our program as a whole,” Bowers said.
Some of his responsibilities include: paying attention to the curriculum for the media studies concentration, scheduling classes each semester, making sure the right courses are scheduled for students to graduate on time and reviewing graduate applications.
Bowers is working with other coordinators to, “…make sure we’re offering our students the best skills to get them ready to go out in the real world and work.”
In terms of improvements being made to the curriculum Bowers said, “I think there’s always improvements to be made and especially in a field like ours that changes very rapidly. You always have to be in that mode of improving things.”
This is Bowers’ seventh year at Radford. He grew up in South Carolina and completed his undergrad at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He received his master’s from Loyola Marymount University and got his Ph.D. from the University of Florida.
Talking about how he ended up at Radford, Bowers said he was looking for more of a teaching university rather than a research based one. “I couldn’t be happier with where I ended up. I would love to stay here for the rest of my career,” he added.