General Education Instructor
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
Working individually with students and seeing their enthusiasm is very rewarding. Erin Morris , 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?
While I was studying art history and anthropology, I thought about the fact that once college was over I wouldn’t be studying the humanities every day. I realized that a teaching career would let me spend my days reading, writing, and talking about history and the humanities—the perfect job!
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I try to foster a sense of excitement and interest for the humanities. I work with each student one-on-one to explore their research interests, which are often closely connected to their creative strengths and their design fields.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
I assign an end-of-class research project that students begin thinking about midway through the course. I encourage them to work closely with me to choose a topic they’re interested in researching, which is often connected to their creative field or career interests. Working individually with students and seeing their enthusiasm is very rewarding.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?
Engaging in class discussions, including sharing ideas, and seeing how others respond to a question or work through a problem can be an effective way for students to learn.
In what ways do you do engage your students and prepare them for the careers?
I make my classes relevant to students’ future professions by focusing on skills they’ll use, such as strong written communication skills, project and time management, and professional and effective collaboration between class members.