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Jeremy Sarachan

Jeremy Sarachan '91

Major: Film Studies and Psychology
Company: Department of Media and Communication, St. John Fisher College
Title: Chair and Associate Professor
Field of Work: Higher Education

What do you do?

I teach courses like Intro to Computational Media, Interactive Media Design, Advanced Web Design, Film and Television Analysis, Emergent Media and Web Culture, and Interaction Art. I also direct the majors in Media and Communication, Digital Cultures and Technologies, and Media Management.

How did you become interested in your field?

I've always been interested in media, from making films in high school and college, to working on student newspapers and the humor magazine (The Norm) at UR.

What, if any, additional education (degree, discipline, institution) have you earned?

MS in information technology, Rochester Institute of Technology.

What skills are vital for success in your field?

It's important to possess a good understanding of people, the willingness to constantly learn new things, and the ability to write.

What experiences, internships, study, or previous jobs helped you get to your current position?

My first teaching experience was as a T.A. for Psychology 101 my senior year. Despite not going directly to graduate school, that experience stuck with me and I found myself always wanting to come back to a career in teaching.

What advice do you have for current students interested in your field?

Being a professor sounds wonderful in many ways (summers without teaching duties, a flexible schedule), which is all true, but it's still a great deal of work and you have to really want and love to teach.