by Ellen Weaver, Published September 30, 2011
Geoffrey Hammill, of Manchester, professor, College of Arts and Sciences - Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts. Hammill has taught at EMU for nearly 25 years and in that time has fulfilled a variety of roles, the most impressive of which has been his work as an outstanding educator. His passion for his field translates effortlessly into his classroom where he is invested in the students who in turn hold him in high esteem.
Certain to go out of his way to assist his students both in and out of the classroom, he has also taken part in 15 professional conferences far and wide including the presentation of his paper "Smile at the Camera: Self-Reflexivity in Television Fiction as an Extension of 'Reality TV'" last April in San Antonio, TX.
Before coming to EMU, Hammill worked as a production coordinator for West Shore Cable TV and did free-lance video production. Publication contributions include three entries in the Encyclopedia of Television, ed. by Horace Newcomb and the No. 1 review of Watching Wildlife in the Fall 2006 issue of Television Quarterly.
Currently serving EMU in several capacities outside of the classroom, Hammill is active in the University community. Active in a variety of committees and student boards, Hammill has also been a commencement reader since 2005 and continues to be active in his field. Regardless of all of his accomplishments, Hammill's true legacy lies in the relationships he continues to form with his students. He has continuously challenged then to be inspired, knowledgeably professional and the best that they can be.
Hammill received an associate's degree in Journalism from Lorain Community College in 1968 and continued on with his education to earn a bachelor of science degree in Journalism, a master of arts degree in Radio-TV-Film, and a Ph. D. in Mass Communications from Bowling Green State University by 1987.