Jay Nelson started at CCS in January of 2006 as an adjunct faculty teaching the Senior Practicum in the Animation and Digital Media Department. Nelson is also a partner in the start-up company Nice Work Productions where he combines his experience developing, funding and overseeing the production of TV shows with creating program-related off-air events and ancillary products to provide multi-layered, "360" marketing opportunities for corporations and non-profits. Nelson's 25 years experience in broadcast television production include a number of programs that received numerous awards in addition to garnering favorable attention from critics and viewers alike. Over the years, his work has done much to raise the visibility of Detroit-area artists and cultural institutions
He was the creator and executive producer of the award-winning local arts and culture television series Backstage Pass on Detroit Public Television; he served as executive producer for smART TV - a series that utilized the resources of local cultural institutions to create curriculum-based educational materials for middle school students (CCS DMA students the on-air graphics); and he was the co-creator and co-executive producer of the national PBS performance/documentary special Mahler's Beethoven Featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In his spare time, Nelson also serves as the president of the Ann Arbor Film Festival Board of Directors.
- Interim Chair