Bio: Dr. Robert Stevenson, president of Greenwood Calendar
My 30+ years experience in the field of Mass Communications has afforded me many opportunities as a media professor, consultant, and professional. I welcome each new media challenge with enthusiasm and a host of practical experience. My work has earned me Lander’s three highest awards for faculty, including Stranch Teaching Endowment, Faculty scholarship, and Distinguished Professor of the Year. My work has been featured in newspapers, including the NY Times, as well as the South Carolina Information Highway, peer-reviewed journals, trade press, government publications, books, radio, television, and various online media.
Beyond the Classroom
While serving as Chair of Lander’s American Democracy Project (ADP), Stevenson urged all Lander students to become civically engaged in their communities and to make volunteering an integral part of their lives.
Because of his work with ADP, Lander was featured in the New York Times and recognized on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities website. Stevenson received an award for registering more students to vote than any of the other participating colleges and universities. Leading by example, Stevenson has organized a host of campus-wide events, including Lander’s tsunami relief effort (2005), a humanitarian campaign for providing supplies to victims of Hurricane Katrina, a mock presidential debate and Lander’s annual celebration of Constitution Day.
In 2013, I started Greenwood Calendar to fill a void in online multimedia in Greenwood, SC. The site spotlights what’s great about Greenwood and surrounding areas and features hundreds of local videos, a free and comprehensive events calendar, and a variety of features, including jobs, contests, news, and more.
In 2016, I was honored to be named to the Top 25 Communications Professors in the nation.
In the summer of 2017, I started Greenwood Rocks to provide an outlet for local families and friends to enjoy being creative together, being active, and meeting their neighbors. The group has grown to over 6,000 local members in its first three months.
More recently, I created Greenwood Social Net to offer locals a new social media platform, leveraging the opportunities offered by sites like Facebook, but tailored to our community. Like other social media platforms, Greenwood Social Net (GSN) offers locals the ability to share posts, photos, videos; join or start new groups or discussion forums, meet and message friends, and more. Unlike other social media outlets, GSN’s size is more manageable, there are no privacy issues, and spam is not a problem.
I love Greenwood. I’m happy to live here at a time our city is undergoing so many improvements to our quality of living.