Sabrina Nelson

Sabrina Nelson

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty
Gleeson 4th Floor


Sabrina L. Nelson is a writer, filmmaker, photographer, graphic artist, educator, and entrepreneur. Sabrina teaches Writing for Science, Writing for Psychology, Public Speaking, Writing for Advertising, and Business and Technical Writing at USF, and English Composition and Multimedia Arts at Berkeley City College. She taught film editing at Academy of Art University for eighteen years, and has taught graphic design, film editing, and film festival producing at Berkeley City College for nine years.

Professor Nelson has contributed to the Annual Young Rhetoricians Conference and is an annual contributor to the USF Adjunct Faculty Conference. She recently completed a review of open-source courseware and texts in the teaching of English composition for the State Chancellor’s Office OER (Open Educational Resources) Project, and developed online learning standards for English 1a at Berkeley City College. Relying on her 18 years of experience in online instruction, Sabrina provides Canvas, Zoom, and online teaching support to her colleagues at both institutions.

In addition to her work as an educator, Professor Nelson is active in the independent film community, relying on her twenty-six years experience in independent television and film production. Her current project, in pre-production, is a documentary about the historical costume dance community.


  • Online instruction
  • Visual media design
  • Technical writing

Research Areas

  • Visual rhetoric
  • Social media's impact on society


  • San Francisco State U., MA in English Composition, 2014
  • Cal State East Bay, MA in Multimedia Arts, 2004
  • New College of California, BA, Media Studies, 1998

Prior Experience

  • Adjunct Professor in English, Berkeley City College
  • Adjunct Professor of Film, Academy of Art
  • Freelance Film Producer
  • Freelance Historical Costume Designer

Selected Publications

  • Teaching Informative Speech

  • Intersections in the Writing and Speaking Classrooms

  • Critically Thinking Our Way Through Social Media

  • From Absolute Beginners to Heroes: What Avatars Have to Teach us About Engagement and Agency in First Year Composition

  • Producing Visual Rhetoric in First Year Composition