I became a university professor foremost, to teach. My research in the arts and in science support my goals as the director of the interdisciplinary arts and culture program, Direct Encounter with the Arts, and the new (2016) courses I recently inaugurated called The Skilled Observer in Art and Science. More about The Skilled Observer HERE. More about Direct Encounter with the Arts HERE.
At this time (in the year 2017), students need especially lucid assistance to better hone their skills in cultural and visual literacy. I believe that for those of us who believe in change, that 2017 will be a promising year.
I was honored to receive the award for Distinguished Teaching from Western Michigan University in October 2013.
“Don’t just sit there, argue with me! Art itself is a form of argument: The artist lives in the present, argues with the past and challenges the future.” A dynamic, genuinely interactive classroom is essential to my process. My syllabus prominently includes the lines above. I expect my students to challenge themselves; thus they must have the mettle to challenge me and one another. My prime objective is to change lives by opening minds, inspiring and mentoring students, and helping them to critically interpret the world.