Since 2018, I have taught at Arizona State University as a Faculty Associate. Prior, I taught both as a Graduate Assistant and Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. In higher education, I have developed curriculum for darkroom, alternative, and digital courses. In 2019, I was art lead on a trans-disciplinary STEAM grant funded by Goizueta Foundation for an art and ecology project. I also consult as an education experience innovator for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Below is a sample of my academic curriculum and student work.
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Emergent strategies: fractals
For my Junior Project course, I designed the course around Adrienne Maree Brown’s 2017 book, Emergent Strategies, in order to examine how work changes and is influenced. Through this scope, the class was linked by five sections, coinciding with parts of Brown’s text. First was Fractals. Student were assigned to create an experience or presentation defining fractals in their practice.
To teach alternative processes, the course is designed as a series of workshops. Starting with simple process methods, like cyanotype, allowing students to learn in-class the process and work to develop their concept through lecture, readings, and discussions, students are inclined to self-determine their project and inject their own ideas through the process.