Dr. Kim Knight, assistant professor in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication and Dr. John McClain Watson of Naveen Jindal School of Management – UT Dallas have been named recipients of the University of Texas System‘s 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.
Established by the Board of Regents in 2008, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards complement a wide range of System-wide efforts that underscore the Board’s commitment to ensuring the UT System is a place of intellectual exploration and discovery, educational excellence and unparalleled opportunity.
The awards – each accompanied by $25,000 – are offered annually in recognition of faculty members at the nine academic and six health institutions in the UT System who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and dedication to innovation.
ROTA candidates are vetted by peer faculty, students and campus presidents at their own institutions before advancing to competition at the System level. A selection committee of distinguished educators within and outside the UT System considers a range of criteria, including classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development and student learning outcomes.
Kim Knight is an Assistant Professor of Emerging Media and Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research broadly centers on the ways digital culture affects negotiations of power and the formation of identity. More specifically, her current work on viral media addresses the role of digital media as it circulates outside of broadcast paradigms and empowers or oppresses subjects in network society. She also has multiple research projects in progress on the topic of gendered identity and digital media. One of the fundamental strategies of her research methodology is to bring together the vectors of theory and practice. As such, her work uniquely blends traditional modes of scholarship with the production of theoretically-informed media objects.
Kim teaches classes in digital media theory, the shift from analog to digital textuality, viral media, wearable media, and race, class, gender, and sexuality in digital environments. Her classes center on the same hybrid approach of theorizing and making that underlies her research.
Kim writes and is editor-in-chief for the blog The Spiral Dance (http://thespiraldance.wordpress.com). The title is taken from the closing line of Donna Haraway’s influential essay “Manifesto for Cyborgs” and the blog critically addresses the intersections of media, technology, and gendered identity. In addition, she is the project leader, site administrator, and editor of Fashioning Circuits (http://fashioningcircuits.com), a research blog and public humanities project that addresses the social and cultural implications of the intersection between fashion and technology. In addition, the Fashioning Circuits project works with community partners to develop programming to introduce non-programmers to coding and making in a Humanities context. A book on Fashioning Circuits is under contract and forthcoming in 2016.
Kim is active in university and public service and is regularly invited to give talks on women and technology, social and wearable media, and Digital Humanities.