The Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno recently hired Katherine Hepworth as the new assistant professor of visual communication. She officially began her new role at Nevada August 26.
Hepworth earned her Ph.D. from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. Her research focuses on the influence of design on political power.
“Visual communication is so central to all things media today,” Dean Al Stavitsky said. “We’re fortunate to have a versatile, energetic teacher and scholar like Katherine join our faculty and enhance our curricula and research.”
Her Ph. D. research focused on studying the relationship between broad socio-political trends and the public positioning of corporations, governments and individuals.
Hepworth presented part of her research at the College Art Association’s 101st annual conference in New York this past February. This is the largest art and design history conference in North America. While there she spoke about in-depth methodological issues related to studying visual material.
“My position at the Reynolds School is, for me, the culmination of over a decade of hard work,” she said. “With its growing focus on strategic communication, The Reynolds School is a great fit for my educational background, professional experience and area of research.”