Meet a Tiger: Jan Holmevik
Born and raised in Norway, this Tiger taught at the University of Bergen and the IT University of Copenhagen before he moved to America. Today, he is not only a respected member of Clemson’s faculty — he represents them as the newly inducted president of the Faculty Senate.
Meet Jan Holmevik.
Title: Associate professor, English department
Years at Clemson: 12 years
What I do at Clemson: I teach courses in digital rhetorics and creativity, transmedia storytelling and technical and professional communication. I am also a co-director in the Center for Excellence in Next-Generation Computing, and I am the 2018-2019 Faculty Senate president.
How I arrived at Clemson: While I was working at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, a colleague of mine, Victor Vitanza, who had moved to Clemson in 2004, told me about Clemson’s opportunities. I applied and was part of a cluster hire in 2006. A great ambition of mine has been to teach and work with Ph.D. students and Clemson’s Rhetoric, Communication, and Information Design Ph.D. program gave me that opportunity.
What I love about Clemson: I love the small college town experience with world-class research and teaching opportunities. Both of my degrees were from institutions in big cities. My first college experience in the United States was with the University of Texas at Dallas, also in a large city. Clemson gave me the sense of a small, intimate setting that offered great opportunities. With Clemson Forward, I’m seeing more of a focus on research and that’s important because I believe that good and innovative teaching should be driven by cutting-edge research. That results in students graduating with up-to-date knowledge and readiness to step into leadership roles. We want to produce students who are well positioned to lead us into the future.
I’m happy with Clemson Forward’s focus on improving undergraduate, graduate and research programs and retaining the quality of those initiatives. There is a certain synergy between research and teaching that we have to develop to reach the ambitious goals of Clemson Forward.
Accomplishment I’m most proud of: I’m proud that I was elected to represent Clemson’s great faculty as the 2018-2019 Faculty Senate president. I’m also honored to have been part of the team who brought the Adobe Creative Cloud to Clemson, which has opened possibilities and given faculty, staff and students an outlet for new creative and academic pursuits. As part of that, I have been able to work with Adobe to impact digital literacy initiatives at other universities around the country as well. Clemson is now a national leader in digital creativity.
What was your defining moment at Clemson: Getting tenure. As a faculty member, that’s a big deal because it represents acknowledgement and recognition from your peers and from the university. That meant a lot to me.
Where I see myself in five years: Continuing my work as an innovative educator and researcher.
Last thing I watched on TV: The Bridge Season 3 (Danish version).
Guilty pleasure: Fast cars and video games.
One thing people don’t know about me: I own a farm in Norway with a 5,300 foot mountain on it. I visit it two to three times a year.
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