Victor Viser

Victor Viser

Instructional Assistant Professor
and Assistant Department Head

Department of Liberal Studies (Communication)

viserv@tamug.edu

+1 (409) 740-4556

EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy – Temple University, School of Communication and Media, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Dissertation: "Images of Women & Children in American Magazine Advertising, 1940 – 1950." 
Master of Arts Communication / English, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas.
Bachelor of Science – Communication / RTF, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas.

CURRENT POSITION – Texas A&M University at Galveston
Assistant Instructional Professor of Communication
Assistant Head, Department of Liberal Studies
COURSES/AREAS TAUGHT – Undergraduate and Graduate
  • International Communication
  • Activism & Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Mass Media, Law and Society
  • Political Communication
  • Business Communication
  • Gender Issues in Advertising
  • Public Speaking
  • History of Rock and Roll
  • Advertising
  • Film History / Film Appreciation
  • Media Writing I & II
  • Introduction to Mass Communication
  • Public Relations

PUBLICATIONS

Articles in Refereed Journals and Edited Books

"Pawns in Their Game: Bob Dylan's Celebrity Persona in Dont Look Back," Cinémas, Vol.
27:1, 2017.
"Social Identity Formation in Mid-Passage: American Advertising Imagery in the 1940s," Prospects,
Vol. 27, pp. 515-546, 2003.
"Winning the Peace: American Planning for a Profitable Post-War World," Journal of American
Studies, 35:1, pp. 111-126, 2001.
"Thematics and Products in American Magazine Advertising Containing Children," Communication
Quarterly, 47:1. pp. 118-132, 1999.
"Geist for Sale: A Neoconsciousness Turn Through Advertising in Contemporary Consumer Culture,"
Dialectical Anthropology, 24:1, pp. 107-124, 1999.
"Mode of Address, Emotion, and Stylistics: Images of Children in American Magazine Advertising,"
Communication Research, 24:1, pp. 83-101, 1997.
"Mental Imagery and Emotional Responses to Opposing Types of Music" (first author, with Thomas
Gordon), Journal of Mental Imagery, 20:3 & 4, pp. 169-190, 1996  
"Commodification as a System of Signs in the Contemporary Historical Bloc," Dialectical
Anthropology, 19:1, pp. 109-127, 1994.

Works Submitted to Refereed Journals (2016)

"Oceans Apart, Building Home: The American Family in Magazine Advertising, 1940-1945," submitted in 2017 to Journal of American Studies.

Works in Progress

Firebrand: The Texas Liberalism of Babe Schwartz (book-length manuscript).
Journal Editor
Assistant Editor (1991-1994), Journal of the Kafka Society of America. Temple University.
Art Works /Publications and Other Projects
Yizkor Memoriam Book,2013Large folio, limited edition publication of images documenting historic synagogue bronzes and plaques.  Photographer.  Commissioned creative work – Congregation Beth Jacob, Galveston Island, Texas.
"Galveston Scottish Rites Temple Stage Scenery Documentation Project," 2013.  Photographer. Commissioned creative work.  Project designed to document in situ in large scale high definition photography, and catalog the ritual narrative order of, over 80 extremely rare and fragile 70' x 25' scene drops designed, constructed, and painted by vaudevillian stage theatre crafters in the 1920's.    

GRANTS

  • United States Maritime Administration (2016-2017).  $72,000 awarded to research and design integrated marketing communication strategy to enhance the Student Incentive Program (SIP), the Merchant Marine in general, and U.S. Naval Reserve recruitment and retention.  Deliverable in the form of an extensive multi-media 12-month integrated marketing communication campaign strategy was produced on time and on budget.  [PI]
  • Port of Houston Foundation (2017).  $10,000 awarded to research educational methods and course content suitable for teaching Houston, Texas high school teachers better and more challenging ways of classroom instruction in seaport operations.  [Co-PI]   
  • Research Travel Grant (2015).  $2,500 awarded by the Coastal Public Trust Doctrine Collection at the TAMUG Jack Williams Library to conduct historical research of former Texas State Senator A.R. "Babe" Schwartz.  Research included archival investigation as well as the conducting of oral histories with Senator Schwartz.  [PI]
  • TAMUG Research Development Grant (2015).  $38,445 awarded to enhance Maritime Studies research through the acquisition of three dimensional scanning (both field and laboratory), digital processing, and three dimension printing equipment.  [Grant Writer]
  • Penn State University Research Council Grant (2000).  $8,000 awarded to examine qualitative and archival research of the New Zealand advertising industry, as well as Internet advertising and marketing practices in New Zealand.  [PI] 
  • The International Partnership and Academic Linkages in the University Office of International Programs (2000).  $2,000 matching grant to PSU Research Council Grant for additional funds extending in-country research in New Zealand.  [PI]
  • Duke University Archives Research Grant (1994).  $500 awarded to facilitate research in the J. Walter Thompson Archives in the Duke University Library.  [PI]

TEACHING & RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Texas A&M University at Galveston – Department of Liberal Studies, Galveston, Texas
Assistant Instructional Professor, Assistant Department Head, 2013 – Present (full time since the fall of 2014)

  • Instructor of communication and rock music history courses.
  • Course preparation including development of syllabi and interactive and collaborative learning components.
  • As Assistant Department Head, coordinates with the Department Head to facilitate smooth and proper oversight and operations of the Department of Liberal Studies including strategic planning and implementation, semester course scheduling, faculty needs management, budgeting, marketing, department website management, etc.
  • Designer and producer of LIST majors, courses, and events marketing collateral, including a multi-media brochure for the Maritime Public Policy and Communication major produced in both print and digital (on-line) formats.
  • Interim Program Coordinator of the Maritime Studies Program (2014-2016).
  • Co-developer, University Studies majors in Maritime Public Policy & Communication and Tourism and Coastal Community Development. 
  • Working in collaboration with Department of Marine Sciences, constructed new major proposal as an interdisciplinary curriculum integrating communication and ocean and coastal resources science.
  • Co-writer, 2015-2020 Department Liberal Studies Strategic Plan.
  • Writer of successful Texas Research Development grant ($44,000) for state-of-the-art 3-D scanning and printing research equipment for the Maritime Studies program.
  • Writer and Principal Investigator of $72,000 grant from the United States Department of Transportation / Maritime Administration for marketing the Student Incentive Program.
  • On-going consultant to DIVE program.
  • Coordinator of several major Maritime Studies and Liberal Studies departmental/building remodeling projects.
  • Committee Memberships:
    • TAMU University-wide Writing and Communication Course Advisory Committee (2014 – Present)
    • TAMU System-Wide Workday/Project Helios Academic Advisory Committee
    • (Co-Chair) TAMUG Student Travel Safety Committee
    • (Co-Chair) TAMUG Undergraduate Research Symposium Committee
    • (Chair) General Academics Department Name Change Committee
    • TAMUG Aggie Honor Council
    • Member of the Academic Professional Track Faculty Committee
    • Member and Co-Chair of various TAMUG faculty search committees
    • Member TAMUG Math Olympiad Committee (Marketing materials production)
    • Member TAMUG Website Committee
    • Member TAMUG Strategic Enrollment Committee
    • Board Member TAMUG Mathematics Lab
  • Marshall for several TAMUG Commencements.
  • On-going consultant to the campus literary journal, SeaSpray, newspaper, The Nautilus, radio station, Rudder Radio, and television station, NAUT-TV.

Galveston College
Communication Department, Galveston, Texas

Lecturer 2011 – 2013

  • Instructor of speech communication, interpersonal communication, business communication, and motion picture history courses.
  • Course preparation including development of syllabi, lectures, text selection, and construction of on-line and distance learning components.
  • Student interactions and general counseling as it concerns the courses at hand, as well as the student's scholastic future and/or their professional career.
  • Member, Theater Faculty Search Committee.

Penn State University
School of Humanities, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor of Communication 1998 – 2005

  • Instructor and researcher of speech communication, advertising, public relations, mass communication, media writing, media theory, mass media, law and society, popular culture, and American studies.  Teaching duties included instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate student levels.
  • Member of an interdisciplinary School of Humanities with cross-department lecturing duties in Communication, American Studies, Women's Studies, and Art History.
  • Communication Program Coordinator tasked with day-to-day management of program, curricular redevelopment of complete program.
  • Coordinator of the Communication Internship Program.
  • Faculty Advisor and contributor to the university literary journal and campus radio station.
  • Member of several governance and advisory committees including Student Recruitment and Retention Committee, Research Committee, and Faculty Senate.
  • Prolific publication and conference paper delivery record.
  • Member of several faculty search committees.

York College of Pennsylvania School of Communication, York, Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor of Communication 1994 – 1998

  • Instructor and researcher of communication including speech/rhetoric, broadcasting and video production, cross-cultural communication, introduction to mass communication, mass media law and ethics, media writing, and creative writing.
  • Member of several governance committees including the Finance Committee, the Human Subjects Research Committee, and the Faculty Senate. 
  • Coordinator of the Communication Internship Program.
  • Prolific publication and conference paper delivery record.
  • Faculty Advisor to the campus radio and television stations.
  • Television production facilities coordinator.

Temple University – School of Communication, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Instructor and Research Assistant in Mass Communication  1992 – 1994

  • Instructor of mass communication, media aesthetics, narrative strategies, media production analysis, and writing for the media.
  • Research Assistant in Communication Science; co-authored articles resulting from research.

CONFERENCES, LECTURES & SEMINARS

  • American Shore and Beach Preservation Association National Conference (Invited attendee, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 2017). 
  • Galveston Tourism Summit, 2017.  Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (Invited Panelist, Galveston, Texas, 2017)
  • Texas A&M Wakonse South Conference: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2017. 
  • Texas A&M Wakonse South Conference: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2016. 
  • "The American Advertising Agency," Eastern Communication Association Conference (Competitive Paper, Washington, DC, 2003).
  • "The Political and Cultural Impact of Marketing and Advertising in the Modern Technological Society," Bradley Academy of the Visual Arts (Invited Speaker, York, PA, 2003).
  • "A Case Study in Public Relations Practice and Theory," Penn State University Teaching and Learning Consortium Conference (Invited Speaker, State College, PA, 2001).
  • "Full On Down Under: New Zealand Identity and Advertising," Penn State University, University Seminar Series (Invited Speaker, Harrisburg, PA, 2001).
  • "Archival Research Methodologies," The National Library of New Zealand (Invited Speaker, Wellington, New Zealand, 2000).
  • "Advertising in Contemporary Consumer Culture," Eastern Communication Association Conference (Competitive Paper, Pittsburgh, PA, 2000). 
  • "Thematics and Products in American Magazine Advertising Containing Children," Popular Culture Association Conference (Competitive Paper, San Diego, CA, 1999).
  • "Emotion and the Marketing Mix," Women in Communications Conference (Invited Speaker, York, PA, 1997).
  • "Motifs for Change: Narrative and the Child in American Advertising Imagery," Hagley Research Seminar Series, the Hagley Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society  (Competitive Paper, Wilmington, DE, 1996).
  • "Censorship, Pop Culture, and the Media: Implications for Intercultural Communication," York College Global Communications Conference (Competitive Paper, Harrisburg, PA, 1994).
  • "Commodified Rhetoric in the Creation of the Celebrity Persona: Bob Dylan in Don't Look Back," Yale University Media Conference (Competitive Paper, New Haven, CT, 1993).
  • "Symbolic Commodification: A Theory for the New Historical Bloc," Central States Communication Association Conference (Competitive Paper, Lexington, KY, 1993).

NON-PROFIT PRO BONO WORK & COMMUNITY/CIVIC LEADERSHIP

Volunteer and Pro Bono Consulting Efforts

  • Galveston Park Board of Trustees – Appointed by the Galveston City Council to a two-year term (2017-2019) with reappointment consideration for two additional terms thereafter.  Chair of the Beach Maintenance Advisory Committee.  Member of the Finance Committee tasked with fiduciary oversight of a nearly $30 million budget.  Counsel to the Hurricane Harvey Emergency Public Relations Task Force.
  • Galveston Sustainable Communities Alliance – Communication consultant and website developer for major primary and secondary education cradle-to-career initiative for economically disadvantaged students in Galveston. 
  • Galveston Silk Stocking National Historic District – Board member (2010-2014).  Oversight of community-centered activism related to the management and preservation of the National Historic District.
  • Cavalla Historic Foundation and American Undersea Warfare Center – Communications consultant and website developer for the USS Cavalla and USS Stewart warship and military archives preservation project located at Sea Wolf Park.
  • Galveston Downtown Partnership – Communication campaign production, marketing counsel, and media production to enhance economic development of downtown Galveston.  Work included collaboration on building better tourism experiences to enhance commerce.
  • Congregation Beth Jacob – Various pro bono communication production and marketing consulting projects.
  • Holiday for Heroes Campaign – Producer/Director.  Produced highly successful fundraising, awareness, and mailing drive for the purpose of sending thousands of holiday packages to American soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Organized fundraising events and developed website.
  • The United Way – Producer/Director/Grant Co-Writer.  Produced and directed the award-winning Waiting Room Lectures Series with funding provided in part by a $50,000 grant from the Pew Charitable Trust and the National Migrant Resource Center.  A multi-lingual (English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole) pre-natal and pediatric healthcare education program designed for women of low-literacy skills.
  • Conroe Jazz Society – Consultant.  Developed website and organization logo for local music and culture organization.  Contributed graphics design for several organizational functions including Art in the Park.
  • Crispus Attucks – Board Member.  Advisory and consulting role in addressing the problems of educating children situated in dysfunctional and disruptive domestic environments.  Developed and directed Youth Against Drugs Program for at-risk adolescents and teenagers in an underserved community. 
  • Philadelphia First Gen – Co-Developer.  Developed a pilot mentoring program at Temple University designed to mentor first generation college freshmen from inner-city Philadelphia's most economically impoverished backgrounds.     
  • Montgomery ISD – Public Relations Campaign Management.  Developed complete campaign strategy for successful passage of $18 million bond issue.  Managed budget for the campaign, Yes For the Bond. Campaign elements included website, public appearance coordination, press releases, and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Montgomery ISD – Volunteer in Business Leadership Mentor Program.  In the BLMP, entrepreneurs in the local community took on the dedicated mentoring of a MISD high school AP senior for their final year by helping their transition to, and first year in, college.
  • Bexar County Food Bank – Producer/Director (pro bono).  Wrote, produced, and directed public service announcement television campaign emphasizing the need of contributions to alleviate the issue of hungry children in the community.
  • Bexar County Dislocated Workers Center – Grant and Public Relations Consultant.  Produced and directed outreach marketing campaign, as well as consulted on the writing of successful grants in the early form of the Smart Jobs and school-to-jobs initiatives.

Political Campaigns and Civic Involvement

  • Professional Political Campaign Consultant and/or Policy Strategist for:
    • United States Congressional Election/Reelection Campaigns
    • Texas Supreme Court Justice Reelection Campaign
    • Three statehouse election campaigns
    • Several Texas mayoral and council races, including those in Galveston.
  • Elected numerous times as a delegate to Texas state political party conventions.
  • Specialist in policy formation, media management (mediated development), and grassroots activism.

PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION EXPERIENCE

Communication Consultant (Advertising, Marketing, Media)1990 – 2014

  • Director and writer of integrated marketing communication campaigns with assets including customer success features, video and print profiles, news releases, advertising, and web-based publications.  Creative folio includes print, electronic, broadcast, e-zine article writing, and Internet blogging.  Specialist in relationship marketing and Web content creation.
  • Public relations and advertising campaign designer and website content specialist.  A creative director and writer capable of working across technologies and subject disciplines.
  • Media producer specializing in products for mass media, Internet and DVD marketing release, particularly for relationship marketing and corporate capabilities. 
  • Website developer for numerous businesses and organizations.  Social networking development, integration, and daily management.  Google AdWords campaign developer and optimization expert. SEO and viral marketing specialist with documented audience-building and back-linking results.
  • Cross-cultural and international communication expert; professional and socially comfortable in new or established cross-cultural engagements.  Intra-organizational / inter-organizational liaison and public speaker.

Advertising Consultancy – Saatchi & Saatchi, Wellington, New Zealand. 2000

  • Provided counsel regarding contemporary market and advertising trends in the United States, and feedback on various Saatchi creative briefs and campaigns.

Advertising Consultancy – Colenso/BBDO, Auckland, New Zealand. 2000

  • Provided counsel regarding international and cross-cultural Internet marketing and advertising issues.  Consulted on Air New Zealand advertising campaign pitch.

ACCOLADES

  • ADDY Award Advertising Federation of America, Director, Best Television Campaign.
  • ADDY Award Advertising Federation of America, Director, Best Television Commercial.
  • Imagineer  San Antonio Mind-Science Foundation for United Way's Waiting Room Lectures Series.
    Funded by the Pew Charitable Trust and the National Migrant Resource Center.