Rebekah Jorgensen, PhD
MA Coordinator, Media Communications
Faculty, Film and Video Production, Part Time Research
Dr. Rebekah Jorgensen began her university studies at the Ohio State University with double majors in Cinema and French. While completing a “Study Abroad” program in film and theater in Paris as an undergraduate, her interests in different cultures and working in the media came together. On being awarded a four-year University Fellowship for Graduate School, she decided to complete her doctorate in Intercultural and Mass Media Communications at Ohio State, completing her Masters research in the Haute Savoie and her doctoral research in Romania, both on the influence of American media on the local populations. Even as she completed her research (and won the Walter B. Emery Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching), she continued her media production work as a student, winning awards and international recognition for her documentary, theater and animation projects, as well as filming for clients and the Ohio State sports teams. Her love of working with young people, both in research, teaching and productions, dates from these early years.
While finishing her dissertation, Dr. Jorgensen was invited to teach Media and Intercultural Communications at the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB). By relocating to California, she was able to continue with both her academic and media production interests. She has taught courses ranging from “International Broadcasting”, “Intercultural Communication” “Mass Media and Society” to “Media Production”, “Basic Animation” and “Graduate Production Management”, with “Romanian” and “English as a Second Language (ESL)” thrown in along the way. Besides UC, Santa Barbara, she has been a professor at UCLA, Cal State, Northridge, Cal State, Los Angeles, Chapman University and Loyola Marymount. After a couple of visits as Visiting Professor to Webster University Geneva, where she realized the potential of Webster students to make excellent contributions to global intercultural and mass media concerns, Dr. Jorgensen became the Program Coordinator for the Masters in Media Communications, in addition to teaching a variety of media courses.
Media production has been, and remains, an important component of Dr. Jorgensen’s work. She is a Director Member of the Directors Guild of America, having shot films and videos from Japan to the Middle East to Europe and throughout the States. She has been a production executive and producer for major film studios, including Universal and United Artists, overseeing productions in Mexico, Norway, Slovenia, Canada and a host of other locations. As an avid music lover, she has directed numerous musicals and operas, from “The Fantastiks” to “La Traviata.” As an avid lover of the outdoors, she has filmed bears and wolves for “Discovery” in British Columbia and mountain climbersand extreme sports enthusiasts in the Alps. Most recently she has been acquiring production expertise in 3D (with a short entitled “Accelerate”) and DSLR, the new format of choice in many Hollywood productions.