Dean, School of Visual & Comm. Arts
Dotty Hamilton, Dean of VisCom and Chair of Communication, oversees the Senior Seminar Portfolio and student internships. Since 2002, Hamilton has taught documentary film history as a Visiting Professor at the University of Pecs in Hungary. She lived in Hungary during the fall 2009 semester, teaching American and documentary film history. See her blog about the trip Land of Paprika.
As Vice President of Programming for the Kansas International Film Festival, Hamilton brings a variety of international and documentary films to Kansas City every year. Dr. Hamilton has delivered numerous conference presentations and lectures on the history and practices of the Motion Picture Production Association in rating movies, and continues research on comparative analysis of rating systems around the world.
Dr. Hamilton is active in the university’s global initiative and serves on the board of the International Visitors Council. Hamilton was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes trip to Morocco in 2008 where she studied Moroccan history, culture, and film. Hamilton also received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities at University of Central Florida in 2001 to study black film history.
She received a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in film studies, a master’s from Webster University in media communication, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Missouri.