University of Texas Dallas Assistant Professor of Emerging Media and Communication Kim Knight recently earned the 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for her innovative work to capture and teach an inherently dynamic subject.
“The classroom is a space where students arrive with a variety of experiences and learning styles; where their work is process-based and broken down into small steps with opportunities to revise and improve; and as a space with political and social dimensions that cannot be ignored,” Knight said.
Knight’s teaching career began as a teaching assistant while studying English at California State University, Northridge. The subject of her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, English literature, specifically science fiction and fantasy, led to her interest in digital and networked technologies. Today, she is intrigued and inspired by the frontier nature of her chosen field, which is still being defined by both scholars and students.
“If I focus on helping students understand one technological platform, it does not serve them well,” Knight said. “Instead, it is important to help them develop an understanding of how technology, community, power and communication intersect so that they can ethically engage with the technology of tomorrow, regardless of what form that takes.”