Matt Kneller, EdD

Matt KnellerAssistant Professor of Communication

Office Location: Dunham 004
Telephone: 630-844-5466
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I have taught in the Communication program at AU for over ten years, serving as instructor for a wide range of courses--from public speaking to media production to relational communication. As a native of the Aurora area and an alumnus of Aurora University, I am deeply invested in the success of the school and my students. My doctoral research focused on the use of visual multimedia in problem-based instruction, and this research has driven my desires to build authentic experiences into my classes and engage students' creativity whenever possible. Outside of my teaching, I have been faculty adviser to the student-run radio station, directed and worked on a number of documentary film projects, managed a small media production business, and served as a leader in the development of assessment practices for the University.

BA - Communication, Aurora University
BA - Computer Science, Aurora University
MA - Communication, Northern Illinois University
EdD - Educational Technology, Northern Illinois University

Areas of Specialization
Documentary film and broadcast production
Digital media design
Cultural criticism and content analysis of popular media
Technology for learning
Educational assessment

Courses Taught
Human Communication and Public Speaking
Writing for Communication
Corporate/Professional Communication
Digital Design for Print and Web
Media and Society
Media Production I
Media Production II
Relational Communication
Senior Seminar in Communication
Culture, Diversity and Expression

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Faculty adviser to AU Spartan Media, student-run internet radio station
Organizer of yearly AU Student Film Fest
Assistant Director of Assessment for George Williams College

Other Interests
Playing and recording rock 'n' roll music
Reading, drawing and producing comics