My scholarship is mainly creative but I also work with the scholarship of teaching and learning strategies in the studio classroom.
I am a digital artist who has taught in many areas of studio art and design courses. I primarily teach drawing and sketching but that work falls into many visual courses.
I trained as a traditional artist in drawing, painting and printmaking with a background in photography and ceramic sculpture. Over my career, I changed to digital image making. I have taught many classes in multiple majors in the design college. I just happen to teach in Graphic Design now.
Why do you mentor?
I mentor to help others and it is second nature to my role as a teacher. It is important to give back and help when possible. It is as important to mentor but it is also important to take on the role of mentee from time to time. Switching between both provides a better understanding of ourselves. I learn a lot about myself mentoring others.
Motivations for Serving as a College Peer Mentor
I see many issues that arise because there sometimes can be the perception that mentoring should be a certain way. I see mentoring as “it takes a community” and that the more people involved helping others succeed, the more we can all learn and improve the climate in our ISU community. I believe there should be a primary mentor, but that one person is not an expert in everything. Recognizing when someone else might have another key perspective is important to the success of the mentor/mentee relationship.
Greatest Achievement/Proud Moment/Contribution as a Faculty Mentor
I have been a mentor to many without ever being classified as a mentor. When I can help someone see something in themselves as potential new direction, they don’t see themselves, that is my greatest achievement. When that insight leads to even greater things, all the better.
Favorite Mentoring Quote or Key Mentoring Advice
Learn from one’s mistakes, and treat them as a way to look at things differently. It might not be a mistake but rather an opportunity.
What is a key faculty mentor quality that begins with the same first letter in your first name?