Craig Detweiler Named Variety’s Education Mentor of the Year

July 27, 2016  | 1 min read

Craig Detweiler, professor of communication and creative director of the Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture at Pepperdine University, was selected as Variety’s Education Mentor of the Year in the magazine’s "2016 Education Impact Report."

Both the nomination and win were a complete surprise to Detweiler, who credited the recognition to the dedicated film students he has worked with over the years.

“I’ve been blessed to have some really sharp students who studied under me, who have done very well all across the industry,” he shared. “The award recognizes education and mentoring, and I’ve been honored to have some talented people to mentor.”

Detweiler explained that working as a university professor is about legacy. The focus, he believes, is not so much on what professors accomplish, but rather on empowering students to do more and become more than they originally thought possible.

He also expressed gratitude toward fellow Pepperdine faculty members, saying it’s “an honor to work alongside those who have been tracking with students for decades in film and media, with people like Don Shores, Susan Salas, and Joi Carr, who have been investing in students for decades.”