Ed Tywoniak is Associate Professor of Communication and Chair of the department of Communication at Saint Mary’s College of California where he has served on the faculty in the School of Liberal Arts for over 30 years. Prof. Tywoniak also holds the position of Faculty Fellow for Curriculum and Technology, and is Senior Research Fellow and Director of the W. M. Keck Digital Culture Research Lab. Dr. Tywoniak completed undergraduate studies at Saint Mary’s in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He went on to earn an MFA in Electronic Music Composition from the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Technology from the Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco. He is a member and past chair of the Division for Communication and the Future of the National Communication Association, and is a Trustee of the Institute of General Semantics, a member of the Board of Directors of the Media Ecology Association, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the School of Applied Theology of the Berkeley Graduate Theology Union. Prof. Tywoniak has written articles and scholarly papers on a broad array of topics including the effects of mobile mediation on contemporary society, Pythagoras and the Classical Quadrivium, 3D technology and the making of the movie Avatar, and the audio technology of the Grateful Dead. He is co-author of undergraduate Communication textbook titled Communication and Social Understanding (Kendall Hunt, 2009) and his current research involves a linguistic study of Australia’s indigenous cosmology narratives through the lens of media ecology. Prof. Tywoniak lives in Oakland, California with his wife Linda.
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