Stuart simpson

Visual Communication: Multimedia coordinator

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Office Location:

Somerset Campus South 
Building #2
Room 225

Office Hours:

Mon.  thru Thurs. 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Year Started at SCC: 1999
  • Master of Science Degree in Industrial Education (Eastern Kentucky University, 2004)
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism (University of Kentucky, 1974)
  • Associate of Arts Degree (Somerset Community College, 1972)

After graduating from college, I worked for 25 years in community journalism in south-central Kentucky. Newspapers I’ve published include The Wayne County Outlook, Pulaski Week, The Somerset-Pulaski News Journal, and The Times Journal in Russell County.

In 1999, I joined the faculty at Somerset Technical College as lead instructor for what was then called the Graphic Communication program. After merging with Somerset Community College in 2002 and a name change to Visual Communication, the program began offering a generic AAS degree. 

During this time, I helped resurrect the student newspaper and became a faculty advisor for the publication with Jeff Harris. Over the years, the publication has been recognized many times for excellence in journalism.

After Cindy Burton began working with the program, we established a photography club for students. Fruit of the Lens photography club has grown over the years and now includes members from the faculty and the community.

In 2009, the program began transitioning to online instruction and by 2012 was providing elearning for all coursework. At this time, Burton took over as lead instructor for the program.

In the fall of 2016, Visual Communication began offering a program-specific AAS degree in Multimedia.

Today, adjunct faculty Greg Kitzmiller has joined Burton in providing instruction for the 17 classes offered by the program each academic year. I continue as program coordinator and as advisor for the student newspaper and photography club. Additional responsibilities include maintaining information on the college’s program overviews, assisting with Academic Support activities, helping oversee the print shop, and co-chairing the College Advisory Committee on Promotion (CACP).

Interests – personal: Photography, traveling, reading and hiking.