Professors

John Barsotti

John Barsotti

Professor

Emphasis: Audio Production

John Barsotti, Ph.D. has taught in the BECA department for more than 35 years, mentoring students in audio production and sound design.


Melissa Camacho

Melissa Camacho

Associate Professor

Emphasis: TV Theory and Media Criticism

Melissa Camacho, Ph.D. has a deep interest in TV and international relations. She earned several degrees in Government and International Affairs and has worked for the U.N., the U.S. House of Representatives, and CNN.


Jiyoung Cha

Assistant Professor

Emphasis: Media Management, New Media, and Audience Behavior

Jiyoung Cha, Ph.D. develops and teaches courses on media management/economics, new media systems, research methods, and media entrepreneurship.


Chris Clemens

Christopher Clemens

Assistant Professor

Emphasis: Directing, Studio Production, Media Effects, and Gender and Sexuality in Media

Dr. Clemens is an experienced director/producer in single camera and studio productions with a particular passion for sitcoms.


Marie Drennan

Marie Drennan

Associate Professor

Emphasis: Writing and Social Media

Marie Drennan teaches courses in scriptwriting for radio and television, writing for interactive and new media, and analysis of the social impact of new media/social media technologies.


Oscar Guerra

Assistant Professor

Emphasis: Audiovisual Production, Social Change, Critical Thinking, and Latino Empowerment

Dr. Guerra is a researcher, producer, and educator. His primary research interests include critical educational technologies among low-income Latino students and organic educational technologies. He is currently an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University in the BECA Department. Dr. Guerra will be on leave for the Spring 2018 semester.


Dina Ibrahim

Dina Ibrahim

Associate Professor

Emphasis: Broadcast Journalism

Dina Ibrahim has been teaching radio and TV news production since 2003. She has also reported and produced for the BBC World Service Radio in London, UPI in Cairo, CNN in Atlanta, NPR in Austin, KPOO-FM in San Francisco and ArabicTV in San Jose.


Jeff Jacoby

Jeff Jacoby

Professor

Emphasis: Audio Production for Electronic Media

Jeff Jacoby practices sound art and design, radio production, directing, producing, writing, and performing, and happily serves as Associate Professor of Audio and Radio at SF State. He has been recognized numerous times for his work.


Hamid Khani

Hamid Khani

Professor

Emphasis: TV Aesthetics and Creativity 

Hamid Khani has extensive experience in the industry as a media producer director and communication consultant and is an award-winning producer.


Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson

Professor

Emphasis: Broadcast and Electronic Communications Research

Dr. Patterson's primary teaching responsibility is in the area of interactive media technologies and research. He is engaged in an on-going investigation of the role of interactive technology in the creation and maintenance of personal communication networks.


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Nancy Sami Reist

Professor
Email: sami@sfsu.edu

Emphasis: Theory and Enviromental Communication

Dr. Reist currently serves as the BECA graduate coordinator. Her research and teaching focus on the relationship between evolving media technologies and creativity, culture, politics and the environment.


Vinay Shrivastava

Vinay Shrivastava

Professor
Department Chair, Advisor: Audio Production, Sound Aesthetics

Vinay Shrivastava has worked in Bollywood and Hollywood, doing sound recording, production, and direction on more than 25 films.

 


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Miriam Smith

Associate Professor

Emphasis: Media Management and Law

Miriam A. Smith, J.D., M.A., teaches in the areas of media law, media management and economics, media ethics and mobile media. Her words circle the globe. She's been published in the U.S. and China and quoted in U.S. and European media.


Michelle Wolf

Michelle Wolf

Professor

Emphasis: Media Effects, Theory, and Pop Culture

Michelle Wolf teaches media literacy, electronic media and social issues, and audience research. She has been active in media literacy efforts and electronic media representations of disenfranchised groups since the 1970s. Professor Wolf's research interests include the uses and effects of electronic media, media literacy, identity construction and self conception, media representations of class, disability, gender, geography, race, religion, sexual orientation, body image, and media power and control.


Lena Zhang

Lena Zhang

Professor

Emphasis: Aesthetics, Video Production, International Communication, and Multicultural Communication and Health

Zhang has worked as producer and editor for many programs including documentaries, TV commercials, PSAs and educational programs, and was a Yale visiting scholar.