Dr. Nancy Tosh
General Education Instructor
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
I love the creativity and openness I find in my students. Dr. Nancy Tosh , General Education Instructor , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
There was an art show in the cafeteria when I was in first grade. Student artwork decorated the walls. I saw one I loved, and I wanted to be able to draw it. I kept drawing, then writing, then researching—always being open to learning new things.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I teach sociology and psychology, and my papers and research often relate to the material we discuss in class.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
Our class discussions are where students best encounter sociology and develop their own sociological imagination. It’s the same case in psychology classes—the discussions help students learn about themselves.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Think critically, do your research, and evaluate your sources.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’ve taught sociology at a variety of schools, and I can say without a doubt that teaching artists is the most fun. I love the creativity and openness I find in my students.