Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is grounded in feminist pedagogy which I define as a collaborative classroom informed by the individual experiences of all of its members, and in which each member is empowered by the privilege of the authority of his/her/their own voice. I believe this allows for a more creative and free learning environment. In order to reach my goal of an empowered classroom, I continuously engage in the investigation of inspired and original work being done by my colleagues to bring new exercises and methodologies into my workshops. I also work closely with faculty to develop course specific objectives and outcomes. Building relationships that can continue to grow with both faculty and students is the structure of my work, continuously providing support and access is what animates it.

As librarians we have such a limited time with our students, so my goal in teaching is always to make my workshops as engaging as possible. Because of this I believe my work as an instructor is to continue to learn and expose myself to what is being done in my profession. As a former art student, I also am quick to create and collaborate. I enjoy the process of building curriculum, editing it, and reshaping it. I think it is fundamental to library instructors that we continue to push ourselves towards new ways of engaging our students. Inspiration, creation, criticism, conversation—these are all part of an information system that artists, filmmakers, and designers can learn to manipulate to strengthen their work. Students can also use information and visual literacy skills to develop depth and credibility as artists. As a teacher it is this connection I hope to make for my students, and I try to achieve this through collaboration and action.