Dr. Eugene Gan
Dr. Eugene Gan has been a fulltime professor of interactive media and communication arts at Franciscan University of Steubenville since 2004.
In 2006 Gan helped launch Franciscan University’s Multimedia Concentration that prepares students for careers designing Web sites, online, and digital content ranging from computer games and animation to interactive CDs, DVDs, videos, and educational software.
Coupled with his technical expertise is his ongoing commitment to “use media technology to build bridges from where people are at to authentic faith.”
Dr. Gan received his Doctorate in Education, Instructional Technology from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, in 2006. He also has a Master of Science degree in Multimedia Technology from Duquesne and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and fine art minor from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.
His major area of research is the development of a “theology of media,” which defines the Christian worldview for media engagement. This worldview leads, for example, to a rating system that holds the media industry accountable for the content of its movies, television programs, video games, etc., and facilitates the critique, production, and discussion of media among students.
He is currently working on a book that will aid parents, teachers, homeschoolers, youth ministers, and those who work in parishes and other settings to examine various media forms – films, TV shows, computer games, and an ever-expanding array of digital and Web-based media – from a Catholic worldview. His research in this field is based on the teachings of the Catholic Church, including scripture and Catholic theology and philosophy, as well as other disciplines including education, technology, and his own expertise as a new media producer.
An expert on many aspects of New Media technology, Dr. Gan has written, produced, and designed multimedia productions for numerous clients; has educated faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Instructional Design and Distance Education, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, The International Association of Design and Technology, the National Center for the Profession of Teaching, among others, and has served as a cultural consultant between Eastern and Western organizations who seek to collaborate on media technology projects.
An accomplished artist, his artwork has been commissioned and won awards in national fine arts competitions in Singapore, where he also gave talks on “Media Technology and Our Catholic Faith” in parishes.
Dr. Gan and his wife, Cindy, reside in Steubenville with their four children.