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Faculty Directory » Randy Howe

Communications Media

Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2020
Tuesday 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Or at another arranged time.

Please email Dr. Howe directly to schedule an appointment. He can meet students via Google Meet or by phone. Please specify how you would like to meet in your email.

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon 321
Phone: 978.665.3544
Email: rhowe@fitchburgstate.edu

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Communication & Media Studies (COMM 1105)
Message Design (COMM 1120)
Interactive Media Project Design (COMM 3304)
Information Design (COMM 4209)


Ed.D., Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Boston University School of Education (Educational Media and Technology)
M.S., Fitchburg State College (Communications Media Management)
B.S., Fitchburg State College (Communications Media)

Research Interests:

Dr. Howe is a professor who has been with the University since 1998. A former graphic designer, researcher and management consultant for several firms, Dr. Howe's research interests include creativity and visual communication with a focus on print and interactive media. Professional interests include instructional design, media and technology, information design, semiotics, educational technology and advertising.

Current Projects:

Dr. Howe is a full professor in the department. Last year he spoke at the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Conference on the topic of “Pedagogy in Transition: Changing Tools to the Max.” Later this year he will speak at the International Visual Literacy Association conference on “Visual Literacy Guidelines for Information Design Application.” His current work focuses on visual literacy and information design topics.

Representative Publications:

Howe, R.P. (2004). "Assessing creativity in the visual arts." In R.E. Griffin, J. Lee, & S. Chandler (Eds.), Changing Tides (pp. 133-139). Loretto, PA: International Visual Literacy Association.

Howe, R. P. (2006). "Ethical perspectives in digital image plagiarism." In R.E. Griffen, (Ed.), Imagery and Artistry: Animating the Mind’s Eye (pp. 105-114). Loretto, PA: International Visual Literacy Association.

Howe, R. P. (2009). "Revisiting Dondis’ false dichotomy of fine and applied art." In M.D. Avgerinou, R. Griffin & P. Search (Eds.), Engaging Creativity and Critical Thinking (pp.105-115). Loretto, PA: International Visual Literacy Association.

Professional Affiliations:

IVLA - International Visual Literacy Association