Professor Rebecca Abbott

Professor Rebecca Abbott
Rebecca Abbott, professor of communications, doesn't just teach her students the theoretical skills needed to succeed in today's rapidly changing media production industry; she arranges first-hand experience in real shoots to give them a leg up over the competition and prepare them for their careers.

Abbott is an Emmy award-winning editor and videographer. "Becky is one of those professors you are lucky to have," said alumna Caitlin Goldberg, who took several of Abbott's classes. "She's one of those people who mentors you and pushes you to be the best you could be. She wants you to be yourself and not give up on your dreams."

Abbott said she is constantly evaluating how and what she is teaching. "It's wonderful when you can help your students to recognize how different approaches can enhance a scene," Abbott said. "It's that moment I actually feel a thrill and realize the impact of my work."

Abbott said she has always enjoyed teaching people and helping others, although she did not always know what she wanted to do with her life. Something clicked when she stepped out from behind the camera and walked into her first classroom as an instructor.

"Once I started teaching, I began to appreciate the excitement of sharing with someone else and the excitement of someone else wanting to take your ideas and use them. It's a fantastic feeling," Abbott said.

"I always knew I wanted to do something that would help others feel good about their lives. It's very gratifying to have found something that I love so much."

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