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Brent Simonds

Professor and the Mass Media Program Coordinator in the School of Communication at Illinois State University.


I am a documentary and educational filmmaker. Follow my research link to find out more about my films and publications. I regularly teach Documentary Storytelling, Digital Post-Production, and Visual Effects. Follow my teaching link for more information about my classes.

We are very proud of the professional opportunities and facilities available for mass media students in the School of Communication. Please visit following sites for further details:

In addition to our media outlets, the School of Communication has state-of-the art Windows and Mac learning labs including shared media storage in the Communication Innovation Center (CIC) located across from the SMACC. Illinois State University has also been named an Adobe Creative Campus – the only university in Illinois with this designation! Follow this link to learn how students and faculty can make use of the entire Adobe software catalog.


  • Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction (Post-Secondary Education with an emphasis in Arts Technology) 
    College of Education at Illinois State University, December 2003
    Dissertation: “The Design and Development of an Interactive Media Tutorial for Presentation Authoring.”
  • M.A. in Journalism/Mass Communication 
    H.H. Herbert School of Journalism & Mass Communication
    University of Oklahoma, August 1997
    Thesis: “A Qualitative Study of Television News Photographers in the Oklahoma City Market.”
  • B.A. in Radio/Television/Film (Production and Performance)
    Paul Miller School of Journalism & Broadcasting
    Oklahoma State University, December 1983
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