Jacob Detelich

Assistant Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2019

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Jake Detelich earned a Ph.D. in Communications Media & Instructional Technology, a master’s degree in Adult Education & Communications Technology as well as a bachelor’s degree in Communications Media from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation focused on examining human perceptions of high-fidelity digital audio file resolutions, which he hopes will bring insight and add to the body of knowledge regarding media consumption and its products. Previously, Detelich taught at the Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he taught courses in various facets of media production, such as video production, audio production, television studio production and news writing.

Detelich is a musician who has released an album globally via an international record label (Cyclic Law) and provided session musicianship for several major-label bands including Gallowbraid and Visigoth. His passion resides in media production and hopes to expand JWU Charlotte’s media program to include courses in video production, audio production, radio production and a variety of others.


  • Ph.D., Communications Media & Instructional Technology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., Adult Education & Communications Technology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S., Communications Media, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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Teaching Interests

Experiential media production courses focusing on music production, sound design, videography and cinematography. Lecture courses that focus on the discussion and analysis of digital media effects on society, media history and cultural studies.

Scholarly Interests

Critical analysis of digital media, audience perceptions and media psychology.


  • MCST1005 Inroduction to Media & Communication Studies
  • MCST2010 Media Industries
  • MCST2450 Writing in Digital Media
  • MCST3090 Critical Perspectives on New Media
  • MCST4200 Senior Seminar in Media & Communication Studies


  • Detelich, J. (2016). Music as a Defensive Weapon for Tradition and Mythos
  • Davis, G., Albright, M., Detelich, J. (2017). 'Sowing the Seeds' of Parasocial Persuasion: A content Analysis of Televangelism and the Prosperity Gospel
  • Detelich, J. (2021). Examing Human Perceptions of Audio File Resolutions

Q&A with Jacob

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

How Did You Get Started?

My love for media production started shortly after I got my first guitar. I would sit in my room and record myself playing on a tape deck, then record a drum beat from my old CASIO keyboard on another, then record them playing together. It wasn't long until I discovered digital music recording software, and as they say, the rest is history.

I was inspired to someday become a teacher because of two very influential figures in my life - my high school French teacher, Cathy Oakes, and my mentor during my undergraduate and graduate studies, Dr. Mark Piwinsky. These two individuals showed me that you can make the classroom fun, informative, safe and inspiring.

What College Do You Teach In?

College of Arts & Sciences