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In addition to being a mentor and teacher to students who won numerous state awards in broadcast productions judged by the Missouri Broadcasters Association, Doug Underwood is spending his retirement from UCM getting well-deserved recognition for his own work.
The professor emeritus of mass communication recently learned that a film documentary he co-produced with UCM alumna Susan Arthurs has been selected for a screening at the International Film Festival Ireland in Clonmel, Tipperary, in early September. The documentary, It Is Epilepsy, The Challenges and Promises of Automated Seizure Control, has received several honors and screenings both domestically and internationally, including previous screenings at the Swansea Bay Film Festival in Wales, UK, at the Women’s International Film Festival in Miami, and at the World War I Museum in Kansas City. The film, so far, has won at least four awards at film festivals across the globe.
Underwood joined UCM in 1995 as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and became an associate professor in 2000. Over the years, he taught introductory classes in communication and mass communication, including a wide variety of video and broadcasting classes. Among them were Audio Production I, Video Production I, Video Production II, and courses such as Broadcast Journalism, New Media Technology, Experimental Video as an Art Form, and Introduction to High School Video Production. He served as the Broadcast Studio labs facility coordinator and was an academic advisor to broadcast media and mass communication studies. He also participated in numerous university and department committees.
His college education includes the education specialist degree from UCM; master’s degree in media communications from Webster University, St. Louis; and bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from Northwest Missouri State University, Kirksville.