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Spring 2017 Courses
COMM 268 Intro to Video Production
COMM 370 Advanced Video Production
COMM 496 Independent Study
COMM 498 Communication Seminar
COMM 593 Thesis
Ru has taught courses in numerous university departments and programs including writing, communication, arts technology, English, film studies, and instructional technology. In addition to his academic preparation, Ru has also produced films, both narrative and documentary. His two most recent films, “Evolution” and “Director’s Cut,” were selected for competition screenings at the Humboldt International Film Festival. And as part of his dissertation, he created an interactive ethnography, based on interviews and experiences with veterans of the Belgian Congo.
Beyond these activities, Ru works with various African communities. During the fall of 2015, he began a five-month filmmaking workshop with refugee youth in the Salt Lake Valley. Additionally, he is currently working with the Desmond Tutu Foundation on an anti-HIV stigma campaign in South Africa.
Ru has an extensive background in education and filmmaking. He began his educational career at Utah State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in literature. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Ru worked as a film researcher on several network television programs that aired on the CBS network.
He then began graduate studies at Utah State University where he completed a master’s degree in English, with an emphasis in writing, and an Ed.S. degree in instructional technology, with an emphasis in interactive multimedia/learning technologies. During his studies at Utah State, Ru was selected as the outstanding scholar (Ed.S.) in Instructional Technology (1999). Ru continued his education with an M.F.A. degree in film studies and production at the University of Utah (2003). And in 2011, he completed a Ph.D. in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah.