Sabrina Nelson

Sabrina L 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.

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
Adjunct Professor in English, Berkeley City College
Adjunct Professor of Film, Academy of Art
Freelance Film Producer
Freelance Historical Costume Designer
Online instruction
Visual media design
Technical writing
Visual rhetoric
Social media's impact on society
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