Alan W. Powell, who has served as a full professor of Media and Communication at Arcadia University since 2016, was named Professor Emeritus on Sept. 22 in recognition of his outstanding teaching, professional attainment, and contributions to the University and the community.
Powell, who has been working as a visual artist for 50 years, joined Arcadia in 2003 as an assistant professor of Media and Communication; he was appointed associate professor in 2008. Among the courses Powell taught include first-year seminar Travel writing, Video Production, and Global Field Study and Preview courses in Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Nicaraqua.
“Those service-learning courses allowed students to be immersed into local communities working alongside people of all walks of life,” said Powell. “They really empowered the students to believe in themselves and that they can bring positive change to the world.”
Powell, who also served on the University’s Faculty Senate from 2016 to 2018, continues to teach Senior Seminar at Arcadia. He notes that both the department’s web design and video production classes have evolved to address new technologies and uses of media, and that “the highlight of my time at Arcadia was having a department for the past 20 years being very supportive in my endeavors in both research and teaching.”
Powell’s video work in collaboration with his partner, Connie Coleman, spans the past 30 years and has been exhibited at The Kitchen, The Alternative Museum, and The Museum of the Moving Image in New York City; the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia; and The Long Beach Museum in California and the Musee d’Arte Moderne in Paris. Their videotapes have been broadcast on Swiss, Danish, and Japanese television and in the United States on the Learning Channel and PBS. Their work from their 13 years as Artists-in- Residence at the Experimental Television Center is in the archives at Cornell University Library. Five of those pieces are in distribution by Electronic Arts Intermix in New York City.
Prior to joining Arcadia, Powell taught at Bucks County Community College, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Temple University, and Rhode Island School of Design.