Randy D. Nichols, Ph.D.
About Dr. Nick
Randy D. Nichols is Associate Professor of Communication at Limestone College where he serves as Chair of the Department of Communications.
Dr. Nichols holds the B.A. in Pastoral Theology from Southeastern University, the M.A. in English Literature from Rutgers University, and the Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design from Clemson University, where he led the international Cultural Literacies Across Media course.
Dr. Nichols teaches such classes as Digital Literacies, Critical Thinking and Narratives Across Media at Limestone. He has presented at the National Conferences for the Popular Culture Association on his work in Digital Composition, Game Theory, and New Media Literacy. In April 2017, Dr. Nichols is collaborating with Professor Brett Schenning (Photography) on a paper/presentation that engages the emerging medium/genre/compositional spaces of Virtual Reality. They will present "Remediating the Image for Virtual Reality" on Thursday, April 13 in San Diego at the PCA/ACA Conference.
In 2012, Dr. Nichols premiered the "Smartphone Museum" at Limestone College. This innovative, interactive learning space is the model for his students’ current installation at the Cherokee County History and Arts Museum. The students interviewed area individuals who are pieces of “living history” and have made these interviews available to museum visitors via QR codes in the exhibit space. The museum hosted a grand opening for the exhibit in January 2015. Dr. Nichols opened the new Smartphone Museum exhibit, "Artifacts from the Future," on October 21, 2015 at Limestone College. Dr. Nichols presented on this exhibit in March 2016 at the National Pop Culture Association Conference in Seattle.
Dr. Nichols is currently developing new courses at Limestone College, including Narratives Across Media, and Narratives of Cultural Literacy. He is also revamping Digital Literacies courses to address the emerging worlds of VR and AR media, and his CM412 students will produce a VR Tour of Limestone Campus in Spring of 2017. You can see their Beta version work and their preliminary VR research on the "projects page" of this website.
Dr. Nichols is a 2014 recipient of the Fullerton Award for Excellence in Teaching, and was named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2006. (Seriously, Google it.)
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