David R. Nelson
Associate Professor


Contact Info
Office Phone: 719-255-4129
Email Address: drnelson@uccs.edu


~ Courses Taught ~

  • Contemporary Mass Media
  • History of TV Programming
  • Beginning Television Production
  • Intermediate Television Production
  • Advanced Television Production
  • Directing Studio Performance

~ Education ~

  • B.A., National College of Education
    Evanston, IL
  • M.F.A., University of California - Los Angeles

~ Background Information ~

David Nelson has been teaching at UCCS since 1995 when he moved here from Los Angeles. He has an MFA (the terminal degree in film and television production) from the School of Theater, Film, and Television at UCLA. Professor Nelson works in the film and TV industry including work on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Since coming to Colorado Springs, he has produced three educational TV series that have aired on the Knowledge Channel and a documentary entitled The Twentieth Century: Profiles of American Life that aired on PBS affiliate KTSC.

Most recently he produced and directed a pilot for a children's TV show called The Trackers. In this 40 minute program (shot on 16mm film) a multi-ethnic group of kids solve crimes and mysteries by using knowledge they have learned in school.

Additionally, Professor Nelson has produced a series of children's records, played trumpet in a number of bands and orchestras, and worked for Capitol Records in Hollywood.