Piland, Kiwitt join
the Elon faculty


Two new faculty members will be added at the School of Communications this fall: photojournalist Randy Piland and veteran film-production professional Peter Kiwitt.

Piland was picture editor and senior staff photographer for 13 years at The Tennessean, the daily newspaper in Nashville, where he oversaw a 14-person photo department and implemented the digital transition. Before that, he was a photographer at newspapers in Georgia and Massachusetts and served eight years as an Army photojournalist, including participation in Operation Desert Storm with the U.S. Army VII Corps.

His work has taken first places for feature photo and spot news from The Associated Press and a second place nationally in the 1998 Best of Gannett competition.

Piland earned a bachelor's degree in communications and digital media from Middle Tennessee State University and is completing an M.A. in visual communication/multimedia at Ohio University, where he also taught courses. He is a national presenter, speaking on photojournalism at conferences for the American Press Institute, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Newspaper Design, and at Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky and the University of Missouri.

He will be teaching photojournalism and related visual communications classes, serving as the writer/photographer for the Connections Web site, and assuming duties as faculty adviser for the students who produce Elon University's yearbook.

Piland has completed five marathons, including the Boston Marathon twice, and he is the national contract photographer for the Boy Scouts of America, which allows him to spend time at the annual Jamboree in addition to doing things such as accompanying Scout groups on visits to places such as the White House.

Kiwitt has been living and working in Los Angeles, where he was director of production and then director of creative affairs at MGM Television from 1997-2000 and most recently worked as a producer for an independent film company. He is spending the fall term investigating the establishment of an Elon program in Los Angeles, and he will co-teach a winter-term course for sophomore JCM Fellows in Los Angeles with Gerald Gibson. Kiwitt will begin teaching courses at Elon's main campus in spring 2006.

He has taught in Emerson College's LA Program since 1994, and he designed its Director's Workshop class. His screen credits include "Red America" and "Baywatch" (script writer) and "Silent Lies" and the police drama "Hunter" (directing). Most recently, he has worked as an editor on "The Moguls," an upcoming film starring Jeff Bridges and Ted Danson.

Kiwitt earned his BFA in Film from Emerson College in Boston and earned his MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His thesis "Belle" (25 minutes, 16 mm) won the Bronze Award at the Houston International Film Festival.

In his spare time, Kiwitt taught a weekend digital-cinema class for inner-city children through a program sponsored by the LA school system. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America. At Elon, Kiwitt will teach Screenwriting, Film Production and Film Aesthetics.



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