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Media, Communications and Journalism

Jes Therkelsen

Jes Therkelsen, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor 

(559) 278-5078
Office: Speech Arts 140A


Post-Doctoral Filmmaker-in-Residence, College of William and Mary
M.F.A, Film and Media Arts, American University
B.A., Geology, Amherst College

Teaching Areas

Documentary Filmmaking and Photography, Audio Storytelling, Television Studio Production, Media Culture and Theory, History of Media, Communications and Journalism

Professional Interests

Professor Therkelsen produces independent media, meant to both inform, entertain and inspire his audience. His creative documentary works have shown in international festivals and regional television broadcasts as well as won D.C. Peer Awards, CINE Golden Eagles, and other festival awards.

Additionally, Professor Therkelsen has worked with National Geographic Student Expeditions as a photography and videography lead in the Galapagos Islands, the Australian Outback, the Great Barrier Reef, Tuscany, Iceland, London, Paris, Barcelona, the Himalayas and the Namib Desert.

Scholarly Interests

Documentary Filmmaking as Undergraduate Research, Post-Production as Reflection in Service Learning, Narratology, Media Theory

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2015   California State University, Fresno Provost Award for Promising New Faculty
  • 2015   Best of Festival (Social Tactics), Festival of Media Arts, Las Vegas
  • 2015   Fresno State Talks Awardee, Associated Student Inc.
  • 2015   International Documentary Challenge Finalist (Jerry Brown Bucking Bulls)
  • 2014   Best New Paper, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media

When not creating or teaching media, Professor Therkelsen can be found in the Sierras, on his bicycle, or in a large, open sunny field.