Glenn H. Davis
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
Until you take full responsibility for what you do and how well you do it, you'll never truly embrace your potential. Glenn H Davis , Photography Instructor , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
I spent the summer of my sophomore year in college pursuing self-designed photojournalism projects—even though I wasn’t enrolled in any courses.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I approach all classroom material through a practical application of skills and tasks. Each assignment is considered from the standpoint of how it will serve the student as a creative professional; building skills to excel within the field rather than merely complete the assignment itself.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
Any class assignment that gives students a chance to make substantive decisions about what they’ll photograph, then frankly consider why they’ve chosen that content and approach, since that can inform what they do next in class and in the field.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
Collaboration in the classroom is mainly student-and-teacher. When they fully embrace it, students take ownership instead of expecting faculty to guide each step.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Own your own efforts. Until you take full responsibility for what you do and how well you do it, you’ll never truly embrace your potential.
What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?
No one else can do this for you.
Anything else you’d like to share?
My work as both teacher and photographer-artist has taken many forms...none of which would have been possible had I only done what I thought was easy.