Virginia Kidd, Ph.D.
|Education is a magic key that opens the door to the whole rest of your life--your career, your financial success, your personal interaction, your self identity. To a very large extent, what you know is who you are.
I believe learning is the magic ingredient in life. In Communication Studies, you have the great opportunity to learn not only facts, but skills. You can learn the skills of speaking, listening, writing, thinking, organizing information, even the skill of learning.
But . . . be aware:
Learning is not a spectator sport. You have to invest your time and energy. You have to spend time thinking. Let me repeat. You have to SPEND TIME thinking.
You also need to do the work assigned, and go beyond the work assigned to follow your natural interests, try things out, add your own ideas, and be creative. When you turn in written work, you need to PROOFREAD. For example when. You don't punktuate or spel write it gets. Confusing. C?
I also believe that fun is good and that work and play are not opposites. I like to watch little kids learn. They will do the same thing over and over till they learn it because mastering a new skill is JOY. When they can walk without falling --and they KNOW they can walk without falling -- their faces fill with delight.
We can do the same. We may be walking on the Internet instead of the living room, we may be forming shapes from words instead of wet sand, but the process is still one of excitement and fun.
"Visual Parody and the First Amendment." Presentation with Stuart Kaplan of Lewis and Clark University. Visual Communication Conference, Banff, Edmondton, Canada, June 2005.
COP Talk: Essential Communication Skills for Community Policing.
"Critical Analysis of an Internet Message: A Useful Class Assignment." Panel presentation. Western States Communication Association convention, Vancouver, Canada, February 1999.
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all
My primary current research project relates to creative projects designed for the common good. I am especially interested in the process through which the creative individuals get their ideas accepted. In the spring of 2000 I had assigned time to find creative solutions to community problems to post online as samples of ways people solve problems. As Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does." I envision this site as a repository of illustrations of this.
I have ongoing interests in creativity, small group communication, visual communication, fiction writing, and clear writing of all kinds. These days I am learning to create web pages. In fall 1998 I sat in on Dr. Ray Koegel's Coms 136 class and learned a great deal. I have a growing interest in design.
I also am curious about ways to kill people. No, not you (unless you don't proofread). I am writing a new murder mystery, set on the Gulf coast of Texas, and seeking a publisher for my first mystery, Get a Clue, set in Sacramento.
National Communication Association
Western States Communication Association
Sisters in Crime
Communication Studies / CSUS
Page updated:July 2006