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Kevin R. Crawford, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, English

Education

  • B.A., Philosophy - Asbury University, 1981
  • M.Div., Theology - Asbury Theological Seminary, 1986
  • M.F.A., Creative Writing - Regent University, 2007
  • Ph.D., Communication - Regent University, 2012

Honors and Awards

Academic

  • 2010 Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Regent University
  • Glen G. Henson Scholar
  • Morse Family Communications Scholar
  • Louise Du Art and SQuire Rushnell Communication Arts Scholar
  • 2007 Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Regent University
  • Member of Theta Phi (International Honors Society for Scholars in the Field of Religion)
  • Member of Lambda Pi Eta (International Communication Honors Society)

Professional

  • 2007 Finalist, Creative Screenwriting Magazine's AAA TV Writing Contest, Hollywood, CA
  • 2007 Finalist, First Glance Annual Feature Length Screenplay Competition, Hollywood, CA
  • 2006 Finalist, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, Hollywood, CA
  • 2006 Finalist, 12th Annual Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition, co-sponsored by WGA Signatory Literary Agencies in Los Angeles and New York
  • 2005 Finalist, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, Hollywood, CA
  • 2005 Finalist, American Gem Short Screenplay Contest, Filmmaker’s Magazine, Irvine, CA

Scholarly Achievements

  • Provoking Biblical Conversations through Popular Media: Lessons Learned from The Shack and Superbook, Glocal Conversations ISSN: 2296-7176

Memberships

  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • Society for Animation Studies
  • University Film & Video Association
  • International Communication Association
  • National Communication Association
  • Religious Communication Association
  • Writers Guild of America, Independent Writer’s Caucus
  • American Screenwriters Association

Classes Taught

  • Screenwriting
    • Basic Screenwriting
    • Advanced Screenwriting
    • Writing Short Film
    • Writing Feature Film
    • Narrative Adaptation
    • Story Structure for Stage and Screen
    • Playwriting
    • Writing the Genre Film (Thriller, Action, Suspense, Sci-Fi)
    • Writing for Television
  • Animation
    • World History of Animation
    • Writing for Animation
    • Storyboarding
  • Communication
    • Communication Ethics
    • Communication Theory
    • Narrative Concept and Development
    • COM Internship
  • Film/CTV
    • Film Appreciation
    • Film Aesthetics
    • History of American Cinema
    • Theory and Criticism
    • CTV Internship

Research Interests

  • Storytelling and Screenwriting
  • Film Studies/Analysis of the Motion Picture Arts (rhetoric of film, faith and film, media history and criticism)
  • Media Activism

Teaching Philosophy

In harmony with a multidisciplinary approach to learning my express goal is to study, create and teach written, visual and digital communication practices and texts from within the faith-based, academic, creative, and professional communities to which I subscribe - and to mentor my students to go and do likewise. My teaching philosophy, briefly stated, assumes that if higher education and redemptive communication are strategies for changing the world, then art and media are about reaching the soul. The great Cecile B. DeMille once said: We must use every method that the providence of God and the genius of man provide (164th Presbyterian General Assembly, 23 May 1952). He added: We must also respect the technique of the medium we use. The arts cannot tell us what to say, but they can tell us how to say it. And we must listen and obey if we want our messages to be successfully delivered. This belief in the power of human creativity under God influences my approach to teaching within the communication, film and media arts and I strive to meet certain objectives with each of my students:

  • Develop and extend their fundamental skills;
  • Guide them toward finding their creative voice and style;
  • Grow their confidence through experientially positive and honest encouragement;
  • Instill in them an appreciation of the history of media professionals who have come before them;
  • Prepare them for the business realities of a media and film career and help them develop strategies to thrive not simply survive;
  • Teach them to look critically (carefully) at the world around them through the lens of faith as the basis for understanding human culture;
  • Push them to constantly strive for greatness in their personal and professional lives; believing that excellence honors God and inspires Man.

My pedagogy stems from sensitivity to students’ media interests and also their skepticism. My overarching goal for students is to get to think critically and experientially about their engagement with film, and to understand the subsequent effects this engagement has on individual, social, and cultural value systems (including and especially those which are faith-based). I am not afraid of Hollywood my students should not be either.

Finally, the connection and energy established between my students and me is a powerful teaching technique that I utilize in creating an optimal learning experience. I view my role as the instructor as not only a conduit of knowledge, but also a source of professional support and an avenue for other resources. Students can expect that I am approachable, available to answer questions, and genuinely invested in their personal, professional and academic success. I strive to be student-focused, competent, flexible, and aware of uniqueness amongst my students. (This is especially important when working with Artists.) But I also make high demands for excellence and must treat them as future professionals. If I can help students see the relevance and the value of what they learn in class, the desire to learn and to be challenged will not become something that is forced upon them. Rather, as I have found through my teaching experiences, by modeling and instilling students with a sophisticated understanding of creative and media processes, they can apply these to most any (media-content-related) circumstances. Once students are engaged and excited about the material, they will then begin to proactively ask questions, think critically, search for connections and relevance on their own, in addition to lighting the fires of creativity which God has put within them.

Biography

Born and raised in Ohio, Kevin Crawford “runs the world” on two passports! Having lived and worked both sides of the border, he is a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S. He is an avid cyclist; he raced semi-professionally during high school and college, and still road bikes 100+ miles per week. Happily married for more than thirty years, Dr. Crawford and his wife make their home in Chesapeake, Virginia. They have four grandchildren.

In addition to being a working writer and executive-producer, Dr. Crawford has served as visiting lecturer in screenwriting at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and graduate professor of film and screen studies at Regent University’s School of Communication and the Arts. He came to screenwriting from “a previous life” working as a pastor-teacher. He is an ordained minister with the Christian & Missionary Alliance and has led congregations in Western Canada and throughout the Southern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S.

His published works range in scope from professional and trade periodicals to newspaper and scholarly journals. He is currently wrapping up work on his first novel, which began as a screenplay. He has written and spoken on issues of pop culture, film and spirituality, and believes the most "sacred" task in every age falls to the writer, and he is deeply committed to nurturing writers in their craft. Kevin’s motto: Whoever tells the story, defines culture!

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