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Joseph Cornelius

  • Assistant Professor , Communication Department
  • Knight School of Communication

Joe Cornelius is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Media Production at the Knight School of Communication, Queens University of Charlotte. He received his M.F.A in Documentary Filmmaking from Wake Forest University, and his B.F.A in Cinematography from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Professor Cornelius has photographed, produced, and edited numerous films ranging from full length documentaries (Mike, Over Home: Love Songs from Madison County) to experimental video art installations (The Booth, Wired). His award winning creative works have been showcased in numerous exhibitions and film festivals across the nation; such as the Anthology Film Archives in New York City, Sony Pictures Studio of Los Angles, and the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival.

Cornelius has an extensive background in media production. He has worked with a large variety of formats and equipment such as digital and film motion picture cameras, digital and film still cameras; lately, his span has reached into large-format still photography cameras. He paints his scenery with lights using exterior, portrait, and large scale studio lighting. Professor Cornelius is also widely experienced in non-linear editing, animation, graphic design, social media, and website design. Recently Cornelius has been assisting Nickolay Hristov, a research scientist, obtain slow motion footage of bats with high speed cameras for Hristov’s research and documentary film.

Cornelius’ enjoyment for telling stories with imagery and sound is strong; however, he takes greater joy in seeing his work creating a positive impact in the community. As he begins his first year at Queens University of Charlotte, he is looking forward to informing the students not only how to create digital media, but how their work can echo the University’s motto, Non ministrari, sed ministrare - “Not to be served, but to serve.”


  • M.F.A.  - Documentary Filmmaking; Wake Forest University
  • B.F.A.  - Cinematography; University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • A.A.S  - Digital Effects and Animation Technology; Western Piedmont Community College


  • Western North Carolina Achievement Award 2013 Twin Rivers Media Festival; Asheville, North Carolina
  • Semi-Finalist 2010 Angelus Student Film Festival; Los Angles, California
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