Education1991 Erwin Technical, A.S.
2001 Eckerd College, B.A.
2003 George Washington University, M.A.
2008 University of Georgia, Ph.D.
Courses TaughtMass Media and Society
Writing for Electronic Communication
Career SpecialtiesDr. Hillier’s interests are in television studies, American visual culture, and relationships between media, technology, and U.S. society. His current line of research addresses the form of social experiments as entertainment and the cultural history of what has become Reality TV. His dissertation is titled “Reality TV as Popular Science: The Making of a Genre.”
Professional and Community Activities:Prior to joining UT, Dr. Hillier taught at the University of Georgia, where he was a 2007 recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award. Dr. Hillier also has over a decade of professional experience with new media information systems. He is a member of the National Communication Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the American Studies Association.
Honors and Awards2007 Outstanding Teaching Award