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Janet Bonsall may be spending less time in the classroom at UCM after dedicating many years to building a solid academic photography program, but her passion for capturing still images is still going strong. Taking advantage of more time off to enjoy one of her favorite pastimes, she and her husband, Denton Humphrey, celebrated their retirement from UCM this summer traveling around the country on a Harley-Davidson and snapping photos along the way.
The professor emerita of photography joined the university in 1981, the same year she completed her Doctor of Education degree in technology education at West Virginia University. She earned a Master of Science degree in technology education at WVU, and a Bachelor of Science degree in professional photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. During her senior year at Rochester, she studied photography abroad at the Polytechnic of Central London.
Bonsall was innovative in her approach to educating students, having designed and taught 15 different photography courses at UCM, in addition to authoring the B.S. and M.S. degrees in photography. She also takes pride in designing and teaching the Photographer’s Forum, a class that has featured
more than 150 professional photographers who have made presentations to photo students at no expense to the university. During her tenure, she served
as coordinator of photography, watching the program grow from no majors to 181 majors.
In addition to her work in the classroom, Bonsall has grown in the photography profession through her involvement with key organizations such as the Professional Photographers of America, which awarded her the professional degree, Master Photographer. She also served as the editor of the Photo Imaging Education Association’s peer-reviewed journal.