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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Keith R. Kenney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications

Phone: 803-777-3302
Fax: 803-777-4103

School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street, Room 228
Columbia, SC 29208


Curriculum Vitae



B.J., Photojournalism, University of Texas, Austin
M.S., Journalism, East Texas State University
Ph.D., Mass Media, Michigan State University


Dr. Keith Kenney is a visual communications scholar in the process of becoming a multimodal communications scholar. Although his professional experience is as a photojournalist, and although his education concerned journalism and mass media, he currently is more interested in communication and all of the symbol systems (modes) available for spontaneous interaction.

Funded Research

Dr. Kenney has been the principal investigator and grant writer of $1.4 million of grants. The largest grant was for $750,000, funded by the Department of State, and called "Journalism School Partnership Program." The goal of this grant was to improve a journalism school in the country of Georgia. Another grant was funded by the EU and the US Department of Education to develop policies for improving education related to creative industries.


Dr. Kenney teaches Photovisual Communication and Advanced Photovisual Communication. For the graduate program, he teaches a course on how to prepare literature reviews. He is more of a "guide on the side" than a "sage on the stage." Dr. Kenney believes in setting high expectations and helping students to meet or exceed those expectations. 

Recent Publications

Kenney, K. (in press). Philosophy for a multimedia world. P. Lang.

Kenney, K. (2009). Visual communication research designs. Routledge.

Smith, K., Moriarty, S., Kenney, K., & Barbatsis, G. (2005). Handbook of visual communication: Theory, methods, and media. Mahwah, N.J.: L. Erlbaum.


International coordinator, School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Member, University of South Carolina International Advisory Committee


Dr. Kenney continues to take photographs, especially when he works outside the United States.