Courses in the DTC program are taught by a range of faculty from many different disciplines at WSU Tri-Cities. Each faculty member is committed to helping DTC students excel while demanding the kind of academic standard expected by today’s workplace. DTC students take upper-division courses from the same faculty as those students who major in other disciplines: for example, a psychology class in the DTC program is taught by renowned psychology faculty; a computer science class is taught by a computer science faculty member.
The following faculty are fulltime administrators the DTC program at WSU Tri-Cities. In any given semester, other faculty also participate by helping to teach courses and run programs in the departments of Anthropology, Business, Computer Science, English, Fine Arts, History, Humanities and Psychology.
Program Director, Digital Technology and Culture
Associate Professor, Fine Arts
Douglas Gast (2005) received his M.A. in Communication Studies from Baylor University and his M.F.A. in Electronic Art from the University of Cincinnati. Gast is an exhibiting artist whose work has been shown worldwide. His research and creative interests include Video/Film/Animation, New Media/Electronic Art, Photography/Imaging, Installation, Performance, Web/Net Art, Sound, Interactive Art, Conceptual Art/Fluxus/Dada, Semiotics, and Curatorial Studies. While typically digital or electronic in nature, his work involves the identification and activation of the inherent elements of the media which stands to best serve his chosen message. Gast is the advisor of the Digital Technology and Culture Student Organization.
www.509art.com — a news website that focuses on the art and artists of Eastern Washington
www.noprogram.org — a collection of work in film, video, photography, and interactive media
www.30daysofnewlife.org — a project website
www.pinapoint.org — a project website
Assistant Professor, Fine Arts
Peter Christenson (2012) earned a M.S.W. from the University of Michigan and his M.F.A. in Intermedia from Arizona State University. Christenson is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and filmmaker. He is Cofounder and Artistic Director of Left of Centre, a guerrilla-marketing/consulting firm and artist collective in Detroit, MI. His current practice and research are rooted in interventionist, social art, and institutional critique theories and formidably influenced by his past experiences working as a licensed psychotherapist. Christenson’s research focuses on New Media and Digital Culture, Installation and Immersive Environments, Institutional Critique and Interventionist Theory, Relational Aesthetics, and Psychosocial Art.
Andréa Davis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, English
WSU-TC Writing Program Administrator
Andréa Davis (2009) obtained her Ph.D. in dual concentrations-Cultural Rhetorics and Digital Rhetorics and Professional Writing from Michigan State University. Her current research projects include expanding her archival research on her great grandfather Edward H. Davis, the cornerstone collector for the Heye Foundation, Museum of the American Indian, to produce a historiography that contextualizes his work with Native communities. She is also working on exploration of professional development and mentoring aspects of administration resulting in an edited collection of graduate student professional development narratives, as well as a coauthored article with one of her undergraduate Veteran students. Davis also teaches in the Digital Technology and Culture program and serves as the advisor of the Veterans and Allies Student Organization.