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Education

Illinois State University – Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, Broadcast Production/Journalism

Jerry Anderfuren

Associate Director, Media Technology & Innovation

Why I Choose to Work at Academic Innovation:

When reflecting on why I choose to join the Center for Academic Innovation I think back on a quote by Edward R. Morrow: “This instrument can teach, it can illuminate: yes, and it can even inspire. But it can only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise, it is merely wires and lights in a box.” Murrow was talking about television but it translates to the technologies of today. The Center for Academic Innovation strives to make the University of Michigan’s learning experiences accessible here in Michigan and across the world providing access to learners who otherwise would not benefit from these opportunities. I am proud to be part of the Center for Academic Innovation as we illuminate minds and inspire people to reach their full potential.

Current Roles/Previous Experience:

In his role as Associate Director, Jerry oversees the media technology and media design teams while working closely with CAI’s user experience design teams, design management team, XR team, and the marketing team to create media assets that enhance the learning experience.

Jerry Anderfuren is a 20-time Emmy award-winning multimedia storyteller, director, writer, producer, photographer, editor, and journalist with more than two decades of professional experience in television and higher education media. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Jerry worked for the President’s Office at Northern Arizona University overseeing the university’s high-priority video production. Jerry has over a decade of experience working as a photojournalist working in Chicago, Dallas, and Salt Lake City.

Ask me to learn about:

Michigan athletics
Binge worthy TV shows, and movies
Getting married in a castle and media creation.

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