HBU Welcomes Professor Bearden Coleman
Cinema & New Media Arts | On Jul 07, 2017
Houston Baptist University is pleased to announce that Bearden Coleman will be joining the School of Fine Arts this fall as an Associate Professor of Cinema, Media Arts, and Writing. Professor Coleman holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University, as well as an MA in Media Studies from the New School, where he focused on film aesthetics and theory. Mr. Coleman’s passion is to help students grapple with the way their convictions can transform their respective artistic mediums.
Professor Coleman’s dual focus in film theory and creative writing is a perfect match for the unique curriculum found in HBU’s Department of Cinema, Media Arts, and Writing. This fall, Mr. Coleman will be teaching classes in storytelling, early film history, and a course examining the intersection of faith, culture, and the arts.
Mr. Coleman will also be the new faculty advisor for The Collegian, HBU’s award-winning student-produced news publication since 1963. Throughout the fall, Coleman will be working with a team of students to bring a fresh vision to The Collegian with a relaunch of the publication anticipated this winter.
Professor Coleman taught for nearly a decade at The King’s College in New York. Prior to his time there, he taught at Texas State University and Queensborough Community College. His research is concerned with the relationship between the film experience and religious experience. At film conferences at Harvard University and Baylor University, he has pursued this connection by looking at the intersection of film style, film content, and reception space. His work has also been published in Image Journal, Christianity Today, World Magazine, and Christ & Pop Culture.
“Bearden brings an incredible passion and a wealth of knowledge to his teaching,” said department chair Joshua Sikora. “I cannot wait for our students to be challenged and inspired by everything he will bring to our classrooms. We are thrilled to welcome Professor Coleman and his family to Houston and look forward to his contributions to HBU’s School of Fine Arts.”