George Kolibar

General Education

General Education Instructor
The Art Institute of Michigan


Maintain your sense of worth. George Kolibar , General Education Instructor , The Art Institute of Michigan

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

After I returned to school in 1983, I realized I wanted to teach at a higher level. My journey began soon after graduating in 1992.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

As a General Education instructor, I can only share life experiences as examples. I can make a case for getting a good education as soon as possible after graduating from high school. I regret not going back to school till 17 years later.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I’m primarily a research paper instructor, so I stress the need to be proud of documents students have built in stages. I also give each student a fair evaluation of their work, and allow for corrective measures to ensure they’re carried out—both to their satisfaction and mine.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

Keep on track and on a flexible schedule for time spent, time allowed, and time management.

What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

Maintain your sense of worth.