I’m not perfect, nor do I pretend to in hopes of feeling good in the eyes of my peers. I look at my weaknesses, embrace them, and try to build on them in hopes of becoming a better instructor and designer. In a mixture of two fields that rely heavily on ego—academia and graphic design—I am one who has no problems admitting I am wrong, and committing to trying to learn from the situation.
This, in my opinion, is the character of what makes a good educator—pushing and striving to grow, and passing those traits on to their students to use in the field. Still reeling after graduate school, I am fully aware of what the field of graphic design entails, both as a regular in the classroom compiling years of work in completing my MFA in Graphic Design, but also as a regular in the art department of the local community college teaching graphic design and art history courses.
I am one of those guys who tries to make light of every situation; if one cannot laugh at their mistakes, then only regret prevails, limiting the ability to grow and move on. Cracking jokes and pulling in oddball 80’s references, I try to make the anxiety of new information and methods a little less for students—I want to feel approachable. Nothing entices more interaction with students then a simple engagement with their instructor.
The simple truth is that I’ve picked up on all of the traits that I found were very helpful for me to learn and succeed from the instructors I’ve encountered over the years. Dry humor, engaging discussions, student-led critiques, and hands-on demonstrations all promote an environment that calms people, and allows for experimentation, improvement, and helping to reach the good-’ol-fashioned hand to the forehead “A-ha!” moment.
All joking aside, I am there to help, to guide, to inspire, and I take that very seriously.