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Edward Tywoniak  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  

Edward Tywoniak Associate Professor
Chair - Communication
Director, W. M. Keck Digital Media Lab
Editor, ETC: The Journal of General Semantics
Editor, In Medias Res: The Newsletter of the Media Ecology Association
Faculty Fellow for Curriculum and Technology

Communication - Chair
   School of Liberal Arts

Sichel Hall - 105B

Office Hours:
Monday: - (By Appointment)
Wednesday: - (By Appointment)

Phone: 631-4718
Fax: 631-4070
Email: tywoniak@stmarys-ca.edu

Sabbatical Description:
Symbols at the Edge of Time: Cosmology Narratives of Australia's Indigenous Peoples

Courses Recently Taught:

  • COMM 002: Comm & Social Understanding
  • COMM 003: Communication Inquiry
  • COMM 100: Theory
  • COMM 132: Audio Production: Introduction to the Sonic Arts
  • COMM 163: Seminar in Media Ecology and General Semantics
  • COMM 196: Capstone

Courses Regularly Taught:

  • COMM 002: Communication and Social Understanding
  • COMM 100: Theory
  • COMM 132: Audio Production: Introduction to the Sonic Arts
  • COMM 196: Capstone

Favorite Websites:

  • Institute of General Semantics - General semantics was introduced by Alfred Korzybski in his 1933 book, Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics. Semantics typically refers to the field of study that is concerned primarily with how symbols (language) relate to their referents in the ‘real’ non-verbal world. Included in this study would be the consistency of words to referents as well as the logical validity of statements. General semantics goes beyond semantics in that it includes the at-the-moment responses and interactions of the individual humans who participate in a communicative process. General semantics truly represents an interdisciplinary methodology that invokes not only semantics but linguistics, grammar, behavioral sciences, physiology, etc. Alfred Korzybski explained: “In revising semantics, I am adding the word General, and also have enlarged the meaning in the sense that it turns out to be a general theory of values; evaluation. … In our seminars we investigate the factors of evaluation.”
  • Media Ecology Association - Official Website of the Media Ecology Association - a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the study, research, criticism, and application of media ecology in educational, industry, political, civic, social, cultural, and artistic contexts, and the open exchange of ideas, information, and research among the Association’s members and the larger community.