Vic Costello

Associate Professor of Communications
McEwen - Comm. 203B
2850 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
vcostello@elon.edu (336) 278-5669

Brief Biography

Dr. Vic Costello is an Associate Professor in the School of Communications at Elon University, where he has taught numerous courses in multimedia production since 2001. He has worked in broadcast management, corporate communications, and as a freelance technical director, video producer, and creative consultant for live-events, and awards shows. Dr. Costello is a long-standing member of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and has served as both Producer and Chair of the BEA Festival of Media Arts. He is the author of Multimedia Foundations: Core Concepts for Digital Design, a college textbook published in 2012 by Focal Press.  

Education

Ph.D. in Communication, 1999, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.
M.A. in Communication, 1988, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
B.S. in Radio and Television Production, 1984, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina.

Employment History

Associate Professor, 2001-present. Elon University, School of Communications, Elon, North Carolina. Granted tenure in 2006. 

Assistant Professor, 1995-2001. Gardner-Webb University, Department of Communication Studies, Boiling Springs, North Carolina.

Courses Taught

Audio for Sound and Visual Media, Corporate Video, Communications in a Global Age, Digital Media Convergence, Digital Media Workshop (Graduate), Great Ideas: Capstone in Communications, and Introduction to Television Production. Co-taught a winter term study abroad course for three semesters. The course, titled Gutenberg, Reformation, and Revolution: Media’s Impact on Western Society, included travel to Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Leadership Positions

Board Member (District 2 Representative), Broadcast Education Association. Beginning April 2014.

Chair, University Curriculum Committee, Elon University, 2012-2014.

Chair, School of Communications Technology Committee, Elon University, 2004-present.

Chair, Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts, 2009-2011.

Board Member (ex-officio), Broadcast Education Association, 2009-2011. 

Producer, BEA Best of Festival King Foundation Awards Ceremony, 2006-2008.

Operations Assistant, 1991-1993, Instructional Services Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Operations Director, 1988-1990, WTJC-TV, Springfield, Ohio.

Current Projects

Multimedia Foundations: Core Concepts for Digital Design, 2nd Edition.
Expected publication date: July 2015.

Publications

Costello, V. (2012). Multimedia Foundations: Core Concepts for Digital Design. Boston: Taylor and Francis (Focal Press).

Costello, V., & Moore, B. (2007). Cultural outlaws: An examination of audience activity and online fandom. Television and New Media, 8, 124-143.

Ziegler, D., & Costello, V. (1992). Interactive Multimedia: A Tool for Broadcast Educators. Feedback, 33(4), 8-11.

Presentations

Peer-reviewed Paper Presentations

Costello, V., & Moore, B. “TV Fans as ' Outlaws': An Examination of Audience Activity and Online Fandom.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Toronto, Canada, August, 2004.

Costello, V., & Rogers, P. “The Secondary Market for Desk Copies: To Sell or Not to Sell, That is the Question.” American Society of Business and Behavioral Science, Las Vegas, NV, February, 2004.

Costello, V., & Moore, B. “The Emergence of an Active Audience: An Examination of Television-Viewer Involvement Within the Social Communities of the Internet.” College of Communication and Information Research Symposium, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, February, 2004.

Costello, V. Interactivity and the 'Cyber-Fan': Audience Involvement Within the Electronic Fan Culture of the Internet. Paper presentation. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. New Orleans, LA, August, 1999.

Presentations at Regional, National, and International Conferences

 “Offering Multimedia Storytelling Across Multiple Contexts: Advice from Administrators and Instructors.” Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, NV, April 7-10, 2013.

“This Isn’t “A” Work: Model Rubrics for Major Feedback.” Broadcast Education Association District 2 Regional Conference, Boca Raton, FL, November, 8-10, 2013.

“Tipping Technology in Your Favor: Strategies for Designing and Implementing Research and Teaching Laboratories.” Broadcast Education Association, April15-18, 2012.

“The iPad Initiative: What We’ve Learned in Three Weeks.” Broadcast Education Association District 2 Regional Conference, Elon, NC, September, 24-25, 2010.

“Service-Learning, Civic Engagement, and Communications: Utilizing Media to Build Awareness of Community-Based Organizations and Issues.” Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement in Higher Education, Nashville, TN, March, 13-15, 2008.

Presentations at Regional, National, and International Conferences (cont.)

“Sunshine Laws in North Carolina: Strategies and Resources for Teaching the Principles of Open Government.” North Carolina for the Social Studies State Conference, Greensboro, NC, February, 2008.

 “The Synthetic Image: Is it Live or is it Digitized?” Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, NV, April 18-21, 2007.

“Take This Class And Ship It: Strategies For Developing Irresistible Study Abroad Programs.” Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, NV, April 27-29, 2006.

“Beyond Basic Design: Teaching Accessibility, Nomadicity, and Usability in Multimedia and Web Design Courses” (moderator). Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, NV, April 27-29, 2006.

“Digital Storytelling 101: Teaching Basic Principles of Design and Production in a Convergence Curriculum.” Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, NV, April 20-23, 2005.

“The Backpack Professor: Teaching Digital Storytelling in a Convergence Era.” Conference on the Digital Revolution, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, October, 2004.

“Involvement and Dependency in the Newer Media Environment.” Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, NV, April, 4-6, 2003.

“September 11, 2001: Audiences/Citizens Respond to the Tragedy” (moderator). Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, NV, April 5-7, 2002.

“Research in Progress Paper Session” (moderator). Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, NV, April 19-22, 2001.

“Research Division Paper Competition” (chair/moderator). Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, NV, April 19-22, 2001.

“Two Year/Small College Production Showcase.” Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, NV, April 6-9, 2000.

“Targeting 'Cyber-Fans': An Exploration Into the Television Fan Culture of the Internet.” Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, NV, April 15-18, 1999.

Skills

Audio production, live event production, multimedia design, photography, technical director, sound design, sound editing, video production and editing, and visual theory.

Software: Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Pro Tools

Awards

Award of Excellence. “Elon Academy: Preparation, Opportunity and Success.” Broadcast Education Festival of Media Arts Faculty Video Competition, April 7, 2013.

Excellence in Service Award, School of Communications, 2012.

Excellence in Leadership Award, School of Communications, 2008.

Service-Learning Faculty Scholar, Elon University, 2004. 

Stephen H. Coltrin Award for Excellence in Communications Education, International Radio and Television Society Foundation, 2002.

Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award, Broadcast Education Association, 2000.