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Professor Tamara Welter brings an unusually helpful perspective to the journalism classroom, blending insights gained from her professional experience with knowledge and understanding of the academic life. Welter carries a firm commitment to integration of faith with craft and strives to challenge student not only academically and professionally but spiritually as well.
Welter's areas of focus for the department are Visual and Cross-cultural Journalism. She also serves as faculty advisor to The Point magazine and to the Narrative Book Projects (both locally and internationally).
During her educational pursuits, Prof. Welter worked as an assistant to the public relations director at her undergraduate university. She began freelancing during her undergraduate studies (continuing to do so throughout her career) working as a photographer and designer for magazines, non-profit organizations, corporate publications, video and film events, and more.
Following her graduate work, Welter worked as Marketing Director for a computer distributor/reseller and network specialty company that focused on military and government technology needs. She oversaw publication creation, press interactions, customer retention planning and strategizing, advertising, promotion, vendor relations, software and product training, ISO qualifying and monitoring and more. During this time, Welter also worked as the volunteer Media Coordinator for a local non-profit, traveling to training events, organizing promotional presentations for donor events and redesigning training material.
Welter and her husband moved to Keflavik, Iceland as missionaries to the U.S. military community in 2002 where she contributed to the ministry with her areas of expertise, handling all promotion and publicity for the ministry as well as other Chapel programs on the Keflavik base.
Experience in the Academic
Welter first began teaching at a college level during her time in Iceland for the Keflavik branch of the University of Maryland Europe. She was also trained and certified in UMUC's online program and taught classes for students throughout Europe.
When she and her family transitioned to Southern California, Welter continued teaching for UMUC and as an adjunct professor for Biola and Vanguard University. She joined the faculty of Biola University full-time in the fall of 2005.
The world of academics was a part of Welter's life from birth. "My parents worked for a Christian liberal arts university during my childhood and my life was very influenced by this environment. My heritage built a foundation for the decision I would later make to follow Jesus Christ myself," said Welter.
Welter received her bachelor's degree in communication from Evangel College and her master's degree in magazine journalism from Regent University. She is currently ABD, working on her dissertation on the topic of "how culture influences the reading of meaning in images." Her research has taken her to Mexico, Indonesia, Haiti, The Dominican Republic and Indonesia. She also leads trips with students for Narrative Book Projects and Kids with Camera experiences.
Welter lives in Riverside with her husband, Patrick, and their children: Matthew, Catherine-Leigh and Beren. The family is in the process of adopting as well.