Nick Poppens, M.B.A.

Assistant Professor of Media Studies

Nick Poppens worked professionally in a variety of media-related fields including print news, television news, church multimedia and photography prior to entering the education field.

In 2009, he became a Graduate Assistant in Media Studies at the University of Sioux Falls and was responsible for overseeing design and maintenance of departmental social media, websites and introductory course instruction. In 2011, he received a Masters in Education from the University of Sioux Falls and accepted the position of Media Arts Instructor at the Career and Technical Education Academy in the Sioux Falls School District. While at the CTE Academy he taught courses in Audio/Video Production, Broadcast Technology, Digital Music Production and Digital Animation.

In 2013, he became Media Center Director at the University of Sioux Falls and was responsible for teaching courses in Media Studies, Graphic Design and courses related to the Adobe Creative Suite. As Director, he was also a liaison for South Dakota Public Radio and assistant for campus television and radio space. In 2017, he accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Sioux Falls, teaching courses in Audio/Video Production, Broadcasting and Digital Photography. He also advises and oversees KCFS Radio, the University of Sioux Falls student-led campus radio station.



  • AAS, Graphic Communications, Southeast Technical Institute, 2009
  • BA, Media Studies / Art, University of Sioux Falls, 2009
  • M.Ed, Master of Education, Multimedia / Fine Art, University of Sioux Falls, 2011

Courses Taught

  • ART181 - Digital Photography
  • ART294 - Art & Cultural Travel
  • MED131 - Radio Lab
  • MED132 - Television Production Lab
  • MED290 - Photojournalism
  • MED300 - Comm Arts Colloquium
  • MED324 - Media Performance
  • MED336 - Dsktp Video & Non-linear Editing
  • MED395 - Internship
  • MED410 - Advanced Reporting
  • MED433 - TV News Assignment Editing
  • MED326 - Digital Audio
  • MED415 - Live Studio Prod & Videography
  • ART221 - Graphic Design: Layout
  • ART331 - Graphic Design: Imaging

Professional Memberships

College Media Association

Dedicated to serving the needs of collegiate student media programs and their advisers

Independent Student Media / Sneak On The Lot

Sneak On The Lot (Independent Student Media) is an all online filmmaking curriculum for schools


  • Adobe Certified Associate in Premiere Pro and Photoshop
  • Independent Student Media Certified Instructor with Sneak On The Lot Education Platform
  • Television News & Journalism
  • Digital Photography


Doctoral Dissertation Proposal - "Higher Education and Mobile Devices: How Innovative Instructors Use
Mobile Devices for Learning"

Scholarships and Creative Work

  • Prairie Grass Film Challenge (Best of Show Winners, 2013)
  • USF Faculty Art Exhibitions 2014-2019
  • USF Sculpture Walk Juror 2012-2019

Service/Volunteer Work

Worship Leader / Vocalist

Worship Leader and Vocalist at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD

Musical Director

Musical Director of USF production of Cinderella

Art Instructor

Art Instructor at Sioux Falls Juvenile Detention Center

Banquet Meal Ministry Volunteer

Volunteer at The Banquet Sioux Falls meal ministry

Art Exhibit Volunteer

Art Exhibit Volunteer at the Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD

Southeast Technical Institute Advisory Board Member

Southeast Technical Institute Media Design and Digital Media Production Advisory Board Member

Northeast Community College Advisory Board Member

Northeast Community College Media Arts Advisory Board Member