College of Communication
Creative Media & Entertainment Studies

Ann Savage

Savage Profile

Family and feminism have both influenced the life and career of Dr. Ann Savage, an associate professor of media arts. Although she's the youngest in her family, she was the first to receive a bachelor's degree. Savage says she was greatly supported by her family, who enabled her to become the strong woman she is today.

Having parents who both worked and shared family responsibilities was not often the typical family norm in her hometown of Buffalo, New York, but Savage says her family always supported individualism. "My family is very important to me. I am who I am because it was a lot of work, but also because my family allowed me to be who I wanted."

It wasn't until graduate school that Savage truly realized she was a feminist. "I always probably felt like I was a feminist or thought I was a strong woman, but I didn't have a clue until I went to grad school. That's where I became a feminist and really crossed my interests with rock music by women." She went on to earn her doctorate in mass communication with emphasis in women's studies and music from Bowling Green State University.

While lecturing during her doctorate work, Savage decided to continue educating students as a career. After interviewing at a variety of institutions, she chose to come to Butler. "I came to Butler because I was impressed with the technology and the access the students had to it."

Although Savage came to Butler in part to teach media arts production, her teaching and research has primarily focused on the media's impact on today's culture. Savage works with students to help them understand how media often perpetuates dominant ideology and acts as a tool of oppression, especially in terms of gender, race, class and sexual orientation. "I want the world to be a better place for more people than it is." Savage calls on students to recognize that, as future media practitioners, they have a social responsibility to the world. She says, "My teaching is part of my activism." Savage is convinced she changes students' lives and the way they look at media. In fact, students have even said as much.

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