Dr. Jon Hyde

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The Short Version

Dr. Jon Hyde is an environmental photographer, videographer, and a professor of global media and digital arts.  His photographic works have won multiple awards and have been featured in gallery exhibits and in publications nationally and internationally.  He’s a former international Fulbright Fellow, having conducted work in Borneo, Malaysia at the University of Malaysia—School for Applied and Creative Arts.


Originally from Colorado, he received his BA from Carleton College and his MA and Ph.D. from New York University.  His work as a photographer, teacher, and researcher have taken him to over 60 countries on six continents.   He currently resides in Burlington, Vermont and is a Professor of Media, Journalism, and Digital Arts at St. Michael’s College.

Click here to see recent work >> Art of the WILD: Photographic Gallery and Museum Exhibitions  



The Longer Take


Professor Hyde teaches courses in photography, filmmaking, digital web/media design, and global communications.  He also teaches courses on the impact media and technologies play on human health, identity, diversity, happiness, and the environment.  Former students have gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes, Fulbright Fellowships and develop careers around the world  working for both large and small media organizations (NYTimes, Disney, ESPN, CBS, PBS, HBO and others).


Professor Hyde has conducted research and led international educational programs in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South and Central America.  In the Himalayan nation of Bhutan, he worked with the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy develop one of the first media literacy and collaborative media education programs for the nation’s teachers and students.   This project (Media Nomads) addressed important shifts in culture, health and happiness in the face of rapid media and technological change. 


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Through his passion for issues of health, the environment and the outdoors, Dr. Hyde has developed a range of interdisciplinary courses which focus on harnessing media to empower us as citizens toward better health and stronger connections to our natural environments.  He teaches courses which critically evaluate the health and environmental consequences of media use, media addictions, and tech myopias.  


He was one of the earliest educators to challenge students to a week without a phone, device, or digital media and he developed one of the first courses on adventure filmmaking in the outdoors.   His current course on environmental and adventure filmmaking has students working with community partners and nonprofits to create innovative and inclusive stories which move beyond the current conventions and standard mainstream story frames.

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Dr. Hyde received his Ph.D. from New York University's graduate program in Media Ecology.  He resides in Burlington, Vermont, with his wife and colleague, Dr. Kimberly Sultze.  Their photographic works have been featured in gallery exhibits in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Boston, Rome, Athens, Malaysia and elsewhere.  He has an unexplained love for trying to photograph (and better understand) creatures that tend to unnerve him -- snakes, grizzly bears, and stinging-biting insects, especially at night. 

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Professor Jon Hyde interviewing Tom Freston, founder of MTV
and CEO of VIACOM at St. Michael’s College.

Dr. Hyde has an enduring love of the outdoors and outdoor pursuits.  He’s a life-long runner, mountain biker, kitesurfer, backcountry skier, and snowboarder.  With repeated Youtube screenings (and bruises), he’s been teaching himself to become a trials bike rider. 


The process is slow.