Graphic designer by trade, researcher by desire and passion, associate lecturer by chance and now vocation. Dabbled in political communication over the last decade; working on several high profile referenda campaigns, local, general and European elections.
Freelance journalism for The Sligo Weekender, Magill, The Irish Times and the Sunday Independent.
|Areas of expertise||
History of the Irish student movement; role of the student movement in the public sphere
Steve Conlon (Graduate Historian)
IT Sligo, Business Studies 2000-2004
VP Head of Creative, Rivada Networks – present
Social Media Manager , B2C, advertising, newsroom manager, The Irish Times, Nov. 2007 – 2016
Project manager National Educational Welfare Board
Policy Officer, Union of Students Ireland
|Management & Administrative experience||
Creative Director in Core Concepts, graphic design company in Sligo. Managing a team of designers and ancillary staff.
Former Project Coordinator in the National Educational Welfare Board (now Tusla: the Child & Family Agency) – managed the completion and distribution of the Guidelines for Developing School Codes of Behaviour. This was a statutory obligation of the NEWB, under the Education Welfare Act 2000.
Associate Lecturer, School of Communications
Digital Media Skills – BA in Communication Studies and BA Journalism
Audio Production – BA in Communication Studies
Audio Production – MA in Science Communication
Guest lecturer in:
Introduction to Social Studies – BA in Communication Studies, BA in Contemporary Culture and Society
Applying Communication Theory – BA in Communication Studies, BA in Contemporary Culture and Society
Guest speaker, Union of Students in Ireland 2014 Annual Congress – topic; a history of the Irish Student Movement.
Presentation: An alliance of pride: the role of the student movement in the fight for LGBT rights in Ireland’, NUI Galway, Youth Culture Workshop, 2013
Presentation; Protest and the Online Sphere, DCU, Nov. 2013.
Paper: 'Early Student Activism in Ireland: The filling of a pail, and the lighting of a fire', Portsmouth University, July, 2013.
Guest speaker, Labour Youth Activist Academy (2012) – topic; youth political communication.
Guest speaker, Union of Students in Ireland LGBTQA Training event, 2012, 2013.
Panelist on Coleman at Large, Newstalk – a number of occasions 2012-2013
Panelist with RTE Radio 1, The Tubridy Show – topic; the role of the student movement in irish society (2008).
|Committees & Associations||
Member of the Sociological Society of Ireland.
DCU Research Fund & DCU School of Communications, PhD scholarship.
Webmaster for the Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland.
Ch. 12 Students: Consumers or Citizens? In ‘Reinventing The University: Creating a new vision’, Munck, R. & Mohrman K. 2010. Dublin: Glasnevin Publishing.
Students in the 20th Century in UK and Ireland (2017): Chapter 11: Rebels & Rustici: Students and the formation of the Irish State.
Early Student Activism in Ireland: The filling of a pail, and the lighting of a fire.