Teaching Statement

Central to my teaching philosophy, as someone teaching both studio and seminar courses, is a commitment to the transformative potential of both making and researching art/design in community. I have distilled these into 7 points elaborated in the attached document here.

Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education

Here you will find a statement focused on classroom culture, agreements and assessment as it relates to Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education.

Lesson Plan

Download my “Socratic Mapping” Lesson Plan designed at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia. This text was written as my contribution to the book “ART AS SOCIAL ACTION: An Introduction to the Principles & Practices of Teaching Social Practice Art” edited by Chloe Bass and Gregory Sholette (Alworth Press, 2018).

Moore College of Art & Design

2014 – Present, Associate Professor & Director of Socially-Engaged & Studio Art at Moore College of Art & Design [Philadelphia, PA].

Courses Taught include the following (with quantitative evaluations here):

  • Art and the Social: Foundations in Socially-Engaged Art (Summer Intensive)
  • Communication in Context: Facilitation, Ethnography and Documentation Strategies (Online)
  • Thesis Preparation Tutorial and Graduate Tutorial (one-on-one advising)
  • Theories of Engagement (Reading Seminar and Thesis Writing prep)
  • From the Practice to the Page: Written Thesis (Summer intensive and full semester course)
  • Exhibitionism: Curating Art + Activism (Undergraduate liberal arts course)
  • Professional Practices: Art/Life/Work (MFA seminar)
  • Curatorial Studio (exhibition making, event production, publishing for artists)
  • Expanded Documentary (Undergraduate studio course)
  • Curatorial Methodologies (Undergraduate online course)
  • Beyond Green (Undergraduate studio course) – See course documentation here.

16575149448593195-studio-conversations-dec-2014-1529.fullAdditional responsibilities: As founding director of a new Socially-Engaged Art department, I am responsible for teaching, developing curriculum, hiring faculty, recruiting students, developing partnerships and organizing public events. The department has two degree programs: an MA in Socially-Engaged Art and an MFA degree in Socially-Engaged Studio Art. The programs I run have an emphasis in studio art, community engagement and arts administration. I’ve also taken the role of assessment seriously by working with students and faculty to create multiple points of evaluation and reflection to accommodate different learning styles and inviting a wide range of visiting artists/critics to meet our students for their end of term critiques and qualifying reviews (those guests have included: Mike Cloud, Jamie Bennett, Denise Brown, Chie Fueki, Anthony Romero, Lisi Raskin, Sarah Schultz, Jesse Harrod, Shannon Stratton, Lacque Liu, Sophie Sanders, Ryan Dennis, Tiona McClodden, Leah Douglas, Mike O’Bryan, Karyn Oliver, Amze Emmons, Dan S. Wang and Magda Martinez).

Over the course of my time at Moore I have collaborated on restructuring several aspects of the program including curriculum changing from low residency to a conventional academic schedule, a realignment of the Graduate Studies area to be administratively combined with Continuing Education to allow for more experiments with adult education, and a change in the roles and responsibilities of the Studio Technicians and Admissions department. I’ve also been part of making significant changes to the scholarship/fellowship structure for funding graduate students, with the development of five graduate assistantships and significant increases in the number of students receiving tuition-reducing fellowships.

In my role as Graduate Program Director I am responsible for public programming. In collaboration with Paul Farber and Mural Arts Philadelphia I co-organized 3 annual events entitled In/Out Summer Symposium Socially Engaged Art (See documentation here) On an ongoing basis I’ve also organized the evening lecture series Conversations@Moore which have been archived here, often include diverse collaborations with other organizations, and have featured guests such as Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Zanele Muholi, Pablo Helguera, Damon Rich, Kelli Morgan, Ernesto Pujol, Rosten Woo, Liz Thomas, Minerva Cuevas, Nato Thompson, Janet Echelman, Jeanne Van Heedwijk, Paul Farber, Caroline Woolard, Maori Holmes, Rebecca Zorach, Romi Crawford, Meg Onli, Sarah Kavage, Terri Kapsalis, and many more. Additionally, I maintain an ongoing collaborative partnership with Mural Arts that connects to the curriculum and public programming, and over the course of three years I served as the institutional liaison for a special project and exhibition focused on the 25th anniversary of the Leeway Foundation.

Summer Seminar on Art, Activism and Archiving at University of Chicago’s Gray Center (2013)

Adjunct Teaching:

  • Mentor to Graduate Curatorial Fellows and MFA students at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020)
  • Organize Your Own summer 2018 course with Dan S. Wang at Ox-Bow School of Art
  • Instructor: Art In Context with Mary Jane Jacob and Abigail Satinsky (Summer, 2014) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Cross-listed between Sculpture and Art Education) [Chicago, IL] See course website.
  • Instructor Chicago Political Art seminar (Winter and Summer, 2014) at Newberry Library [Chicago, IL]
  • Instructor Summer Seminar on Art, Activism and Archiving (Summer, 2013) at University of Chicago’s Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
  • Artist Teacher (Spring, 2012) for the MFA-V at Vermont College of Fine Arts [Montpelier, Vermont]
  • Teaching Assistant Tactical Media with Brian Holmes (Fall, 2012) at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Teaching Assistant Screenwriting with Jennifer Reeder (Fall, 2011) at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Additional Curriculum Design:

  • Immersive Life Practices and Learning Communities taught by Drea Howenstein at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Spring, 2016) [Chicago, IL]
  • Study Guide design for the 70 Acres in Chicago documentary film by Ronit Bezalel [2010]

2004-2020 Visiting Artist Lectures in classes at the following educational institutions: 

University of Illinois at Chicago; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, Columbia College, DePaul University, Loyola University, Dominican University, University of Chicago, and Chicago State University [Chicago, IL]; Southern Illinois University [Carbondale, IL]; Syracuse University [Syracuse, NY]; University of Delaware [Newark, DE]; University of Pennsylvania, Moore College of Art and Design, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, University of the Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts [Philadelphia, PA]; Villanova University, Bloomsburg University, Kutztown University [Pennsylvania]; University of Wisconsin [Milwaukee, WI]; Pacific Northwest College of Art, Lewis and Clark College [Portland, OR]; Mills College [Oakland, CA]; College of the Redwoods [Eureka, CA]; California College of Art, San Francisco Art Institute, and University of San Francisco [San Francisco, CA]; California Institute of the Arts [Valencia, CA]; University of Southern California and University of California Los Angeles [Los Angeles, CA].

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