i am committed to fostering a true liberal arts education, one that promotes freedom through critical discourse and community engagement, ultimately contributing to an equitable, open and democratic society. in the realm of higher education, adaptability and versatile pedagogies are paramount to bridge the gap between institutional learning and the real world. encouraging problem-finding skills coupled with critical thinking is central to my teaching philosophy, providing learners with the tools they need to thrive both inside and outside the classroom.
i view education as a reciprocal process where teaching and learning occur simultaneously. drawing from my own rigorous studio practice, i establish trust with my students, empowering them to explore problem-solving beyond the confines of assignments and classrooms. for artists, building a lasting practice that extends far beyond the academy involves a foundation of research, enhanced visual literacy and active engagement with the community. my commitment to nurturing this foundation is reflected in setting rigorous expectations early in the studio, fostering a sense of community and leading by example.
i advocate for a strong foundation in observational and skill-set learning, recognizing the undergraduate experience as a time for learners to discover possibilities and unlock their unique creative language. exposure to diverse materials and discussions about environmental impact are integral to this process. i believe that all learning, regardless of level, should initiate discussions on professional practice, ensuring a symbiotic and sustainable approach to the arts.
rigorous studio practice and research is central to my teaching approach, with challenging assignments, clear workload expectations and a culture that embraces failure as an essential part of growth. cross-disciplinary studies of history and engagement with the community enrich the learning experience, fostering a deeper understanding of diverse perspectives and needs.
as an educator, i actively challenge the systemic biases ingrained in our society. i create an inclusive and aware learning environment that empowers all voices to be heard, celebrating the uniqueness of each student’s perspective. i strive to build a communal sense of sharing, listening, and problem-solving, fostering a sustainable and equitable community that corrects imbalances, broadens discussions and prioritizes respect.
through vigilant language use and empathetic listening, i aim to create a space of equity, strengthening our learning and supporting broader freedoms within our democratic society. in essence, my teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief that education is a powerful tool for both personal and societal transformation and it is through education that we can create a more just and inclusive world.
education at its best — this profound human transaction called teaching and learning — is not just about getting information or getting a job. education is about healing and wholeness. it is about empowerment, liberation, transcendence, about renewing the vitality of life. it is about finding and claiming ourselves and our place in the world.
— parker palmer