David Considine, Ph.D.

From Telemedium, The newsletter of the of the National Telemedia Council, Inc.

Vol 40, No 2. Published Summer 1994

The 1994 Jessie McCanse Award for individual contribution to the field of media literacy was recently announced by the NTC Board of Directors.

Dr. David Considine is a man on the go! If you can't find him at Appalachian State University's Department of Curriculum and Instruction he's probably off somewhere around the country speaking to a group of teachers or administrators championing the cause of media literacy education. Whether it is the National Middle School Association, the National Association of Health Educators, or one of the Wisconsin CE SA's, Dr. Considine logs thousands of hours each year traversing the United States introduc­ing media education concepts and practical ideas to a range of educators, administra­tors, policy-makers and parents. His deep knowledge base and unbridled enthusiasm for the field has positioned him as a modern Pied Piper for the movement, leading hun­dreds along a journey of understanding about media education. From his inspired beginnings as a classroom teacher in his native Australia, where over twenty years ago he developed one of the first media studies in a high school, to his current posi­tion as Professor in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, Dr. Considine devotes an enormous amount of his time and energy to speaking, teaching and writ­ing about media education.

His most recent book, written with his wife, Gail E. Haley, an author and illustrator of children's books, entitled Visual Messages: Integrating Imagery into Instruction, has become something akin to an American media literacy bible for U.S. media educators. Dr. Considine, who holds an M.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is also a published scholar whose articles have appeared in numerous journals including School Library Journal, School Library Media Quarterly, Instructional Technology, Language Arts and The Journal of Popular Film and Television. A forthcoming book, with co­authors Gail E. Haley and Lyn Lacy, on devel­oping critical viewing thinking skills through children's books, is in press.

In 1992, the National Telemedia Council was honored to welcome Dr. Considine as a new member of its Board of Directors. During his tenure as Board Member, he has played a substantial role in broadening and deepening the scope and focus of the NTC's flagship publication, Telemedium: The Journal of Media Literacy as well as being a vocal and ardent supporter of the organi­zation within the public arena.