Earplay board member Dr. Phil Kipper was chair of the Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts Department at San Francisco State University from 1995 to 2006.

He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Washington, his MA in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University, and his PhD in Communication from the University of Utah. Before joining the SFSU faculty in 1987, he taught for five years at Mills College, Oakland, California, where he was coordinator of the Communication Program.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Kipper worked as a reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and was a news contributor to National Public Radio. As aerospace editor for the Post-Intelligencer he reported science and technology news related to the first moon landing and covered the development and first flights of the Boeing 747. He later joined the staff of Sunset Magazine as an editor and writer where he wrote major articles on travel, the environment, and recreation.

Dr. Kipper taught courses in writing for the electronic media, media performance, visual communication and television production. Scripts written by students in his classes earned national writing awards and were produced for airing on local television.

Dr. Kipper’s research interests include media aesthetics and the cognitive processes of memory and visual perception related to electronic media. He has presented more than 25 papers on these subjects at meetings of the Broadcast Education Association, the National Communication Association, the Western States Communication Association, and at the Annual Conference on Visual Communication. His scholarly work has been published in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communication Quarterly, Television Quarterly, and Feedback. Dr. Kipper served for three years as editor of Feedback, a publication of the Broadcast Education Association. He regularly reviews manuscripts for the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media and for major publishers of electronic media texts. He continues his interest in the study of cognition, memory and visual media.

Since retiring, Dr. Kipper’s activities have included volunteer work as a patrol boat skipper for the environmental organization Baykeeper and service on the Education Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northern California Chapter. He is a member of the board of directors of Earplay, an organization of musicians and composers that supports the composition and performance of contemporary chamber music.