Steven S. Funk
Steven Seth Funk is a lecturer in Writing and Critical Media Literacy at Montana State University, Billings (MSUB), USA. He also teaches in Veterans Upward Bound, a college bridge program delivered through Montana State University Northern (MSUN) and Federal TRIO programs. His research is grounded in Critical Media Literacy, a framework incorporating Media Studies and Critical Pedagogy to further social justice through critical engagement with media. Named by the American Educational Research Association as an “Emerging Scholar” in 2013 for his research in Critical Media Literacy, Steven serves as an editor for several journals and publications committed to advancing the education of traditionally underrepresented students and promoting the advancement of media literacy. His new book, Promoting Global Competencies Through Media Literacy (2018), is an edited collection featuring scholarship from around the globe on media literacy as a tool to foster greater inclusivity in education. In it, Dr. Funk presents the chapter 'A Trans*+ Media Literacy Framework for Navigating the Dynamically Shifting Terrain of Gender in Media: Considering Assessment of Key Competencies'. This piece, in addition to drawing inspiration from Critical Media Literacy, incorporates Feminist and Disabilities Studies to underscore the need for the critical analysis of trans*+ representation in and engagement with media. Steven’s forthcoming article, 'Reconceptualizing Gender from Cultural, Legal, and Medical Perspectives', will be published by the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, & Justice in 2019. This piece, co-authored by a healthcare provider and a lawyer, critically examines the need for increased privacy for trans*+ patients. Steven, working with his partner, Dr Funk, recently collected data for a mixed-methods study challenging the gender binary in medicine. The preliminary findings of these data suggest broad-sweeping educational reforms are needed for healthcare providers. When he is not teaching at MSUB or volunteering for Gender Spectrum, the Youth and Gender Media Project, and the Safe Zone initiative, Steven enjoys long distance running and snowboarding the big sky country.