Russell Kahn

  • Faculty
  • Associate Professor
  • 2119 Donovan Hall
  • Utica/Marcy, New York
Phone Number
  • (315) 792-7438
Fax Number
  • (315) 792-7503
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Areas of study include: Animation and kinetic textbooks; graphic design, photography, electronic portfolios, design theory, qualitative analysis of new technologies; use of hybrid teaching techniques (teaching a class online and in person). Winner, JR Gould Lifetime Achievement Award for teaching and mentoring awarded by the Society for Technical Communication. Class homepage with class syllabi and resources is available at


  • Kinetic information A New Computer-Based Information Delivery System that incorporates animation, sound, photos, and video; presentation methodology using statement/visual evidence in lieu of headings and bullets; digital portfolio development and distribution; use of technology in education. Information design theory in general and Human-Centered design in particular.
  • Social, political, business, and educational implications of the Web, graphic design, photography, computer software documentation, visual communication, animation, design theory, and qualitative analysis of new technology; design of digital portfolios.

  • Publications:

  • Learning & Technology, Journal of Education Technology Systems, Journal of Communication.
  • Workshop Director - The use of technology in teaching at the May 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 SUNYwide Conferences on Instructional Technologies.
  • Conference Papers and Presentations - The use of Flash in Portfolio development - 2005 Conference on Instructional Technologies; Designing Effective Presentations - 2007 Conference on Instructional Technologies; Development of a Kinetic Text System “Spectrum 2007.”
  • Art and Illustration Judge for the Society for Technical Communication International Technical Art Competition, held in Atlanta in February 2003, and in Arlington VA. in February 2005.
  • Workshop Director - Macromedia Flash daylong workshop for the SUNY Training Center in October 2005.
  • Workshop Director – The use of Flash in Portfolio Development at “Spectrum 2004” the regional conference of the Society for Technical Communication, March 2004.

  • Projects:

  • Presentations at national and regional conferences on research activities; on the executive board for the Central NY Society for Technical Communication (STC);
  • Website developer for Association for Teachers of Technical Writing; STC Associate Fellow and JR Gould Award winner for teaching; chair of over 50 thesis projects for Information Design and Technology MS program

  • Presentations:

  • Changing the Design of Overhead Presentations: Moving from Verbal to Visual, Kinetic information A New Computer-Based Information Delivery System, PhotoShop, Flash software programs, Animation, Photography, Web Site evaluation, Career Portfolios - online and print

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