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David Smeltzer

Associate Professor

After receiving his BS degree in zoology from Duke University, David attended the graduate School of Film at Ohio University where he wrote and produced Lucy in Disguise, an hour documentary about the discovery and analysis of the fossil skeleton Lucy. The film aired on national PBS.

David then spent fifteen years producing, directing and editing video programs for Chevron Corporation, Mosby-Yearbook, Lippincott-Raven and other clients. In 1997, David turned to teaching television production at Alameda High School in Alameda, CA.

In 2005, David left California to accept a position as a tenure-track assistant professor at Kent State University. He teaches basic video, video field, video studio, advanced narrative and corporate video production.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Research Areas
  • Evolution Education
  • Environmental Media
  • Science Education
  • Documentary Film
David Smeltzer
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
101D - Franklin Hall

 MW 8-10 AM
and by appointment

Phone: 330-672-2467
Fax: 330-672-2037
Spring 2014
  • HONR 20096 - 004 Individual Honors Work
  • JMC 40095 - 001 St : Science Doc - Costa Rica
  • HONR 40099 - 015 Senior Honors Thesis / Project
Fall 2014
  • JMC 23030 - 001 Basic Video Production
  • JMC 33042 - 001 Studio Television
  • JMC 33043 - 001 Digital Cinematography