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Southern Oregon University

Assistant Professor of Convergent Media

Office: Britt 242
Phone: (541) 552-6880

Erik Palmer teaches social media, visual communication and design thinking in SOU’s interdisciplinary program in Emerging Media & Digital Arts and the Department of Communication. He is a Digital First educator who helps students learn, think and be better with new technologies.

Among other affiliations related to his position at SOU, Palmer serves as executive board member of Oregon Story Board, Academic Coordinator for the Southern Oregon Digital Media Center and Rogue Valley Community Television, and Associate Editor of Visual Communication Quarterly.

In his most recent scholarly work, Palmer hs explored changes in the culture and politics of image-making motivated by the emergence of visual social media platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr. He has presented his latest findings at international peer-reviewed conferences including the International Association for Media & Communication Research (2013) and VisComm 28 (2014).


Personal Website/Tumblr
Southern Oregon Digital Media Center
Rogue Valley Community Television


Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2008
M.A., University of Texas, 1995
B.A., Texas State University, 1986


CM206: Multimedia Writing
CM322: Online Journalism
CM323: Strategic Social Media
CM344: Multimedia Image Production
COMM302: Communication Theory
COMM460D: Communication, Technology & Culture
EMDA201: Digital Media Foundations I
EMDA350: Digital Media Projects