According to Communication and the Arts department chair Joel Kailing, Cawood will serve as an assistant professor of digital media studies.
“He will teach an audio production class, which is pretty much his area of expertise,” Kailing said.
The dean said Cawood brings multiple areas of experience to the position.
“He is well-rounded,” Kailing said. “What Dustin brings to the table is he has done all of this, but he has a lot of experience in post-production.”
Cawood will also be team teaching the production sequence class with other Lee professors, and developing a special topics class.
The search for a faculty member for the department had begun last fall.
“We had lost a faculty member who had gone on to another institution,” Kailing said.
Digital Media Studies is the new name the university has given to its telecomunications studies to reflect changes in the industry.
“There is much more opportunity than ever to be a media producer,” Kailing said.
According to the Internet Movie Database, Cawood has been nominated for many Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards for his work.
Some of his recent work includes being sound effects editor for “Lincoln,” “Red Tails” and “Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.”
He won a Golden Reel Award for his sound work on “Wall-E.”
“His experience is unparalleled with anyone we have had working here,” Kailing said.
An alumni of Bradley Central High School, Cawood became interested in sound work after watching a documentary about Ben Burtt’s sound work for “Star Wars.”
Cawood was not available for comment prior to press deadlines.