Know Your Professor: Judy Richland

February 24, 2016

Judy Richland

Professor Richland teaches communications — she filled us in on her Simmons Moment!

What's your favorite class to teach?

Communications 333: Motion Graphics. The software application the students learn, Adobe After Effects, is a bit complicated, so it's incredibly rewarding to see what they can achieve in just a semester. The skills from this class are quite empowering. My students often use them in their jobs in marketing communications, advertising, video editing and graphic design.

Having motion graphics skills really opens doors for my students and I frequently receive emails telling me how this skill gives them an edge in the job market. One of my students —who made this video about the International Women's Film Festival at Simmons — graduated in May 2015 and got a job with the Academy Award filmmaker Errol Morris!

Fill in the blank: When I was in college, ____ 

I majored in child psychology! It was an incredible field to study at Cornell University, as one of my professors was Urie Bronfenbrenner, one of the father’s of the “Head Start” program. Upon graduating, I have to admit that I was torn about studying art history in graduate school and not pursuing a career in psychology.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?

Italy. When I was a junior in college, I spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy going to school, studying art and Italian and living with an Italian family. With my love of art, living in a city such as Florence changed my life forever. Roaming around the streets, visiting the churches and museums, or just getting a café filled me with endless joy. It was such a dreamlike experience that whenever I think of travel, my urge is to relive my youthful experiences in Italy again.

When I'm not teaching, I'm ____

making movies! I'm working on a feature film and last year I was the producer on a short film that showed in film festivals around the country.

Do you have hidden talents?

I love running, tennis and Zumba!

Favorite quote?

“Inherent in the artist’s creative inspiration is the process of subliminally sniffing out environmental change. It’s always been the artist who perceives the alterations in man caused by a new medium, who recognizes that the future is the present, and uses his work to prepare the ground for it.” — Marshall McLuhan, Essential McLuhan

I love my students because ____

of their passion, optimism and curiosity. They are the reason I am at Simmons!

What's your Simmons moment?

The opportunity to create the International Women’s Film Forum encapsulates my magical moment at Simmons. I feel the primary mission at Simmons is to promote the intellectual and creative growth and development of women. This has translated into Simmons supporting me in developing a program that I am passionate about. Women’s films and women’s stories in the media are totally underrepresented. Only a place like Simmons would value the need to promote a program such as the International Women’s Film Forum, which showcases films by and about women.

​The International Women's Film Forum and Simmons Residence Life are screening "Thelma and Louise" starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon on Wednesday February 24th at 6 p.m. in SCB S183. This event is free and food will be provided! The film will be followed by a student panel and discussion on the film's support of women's liberation.