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Jocelyn Spence

"For me, the core of Surrey is the amazing people it has attracted into my two areas, the Digital World Research Centre and the School of Arts, where I study theatre and performance."

"I completed my undergraduate degree in Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University, and then an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans.

My studies have always revolved around storytelling of some sort and I found myself working increasingly online. Starting with online editing and a bit of web design, I moved on to instructional design, information architecture, and user experience design.

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Jocelyn Spence

I first became interested in the University of Surrey when I found out about the Digital World Research Centre and met its director, Professor David Frohlich. When he and Dr Stuart Andrews agreed to supervise my PhD, I knew I had to jump at the opportunity.

I’ve had a number of different types of jobs over the years, some of them very enjoyable and challenging, but I’ve always felt myself drawn back to academia. In academia, the goalposts are always impossibly high, which is both maddening and thrilling.

I would love to find a way to stay in academia and continue researching along the lines I am establishing now. I’m also excited to have another opportunity to teach at university level, something I did for several years back in the States.

For me, the core of Surrey is the amazing people it has attracted into my two areas, the Digital World Research Centre and the School of Arts, where I study theatre and performance alongside a cohort studying dance. I’ve also worked closely with a number of people in sociology, and they have been unfailingly thoughtful and helpful as well. Between dance and sociology, we’ve started a reading group that keeps us connected in spite of our different research focuses."

 

Discover more about our performing arts programmes and the Digital World Research Centre.

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