The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
Find ways to connect what you're learning in your life and career. Jessie Borgman , English Instructor , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
For me, it was meeting my academic mentor in grad school.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
Writing is something everyone does, so I try to draw connections from my experience that apply to everyday situations. I encourage students to do the same—to make their learning experience applicable to their daily lives and careers.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
I enjoy the class project in English 1020, because it asks students to take a critical look at their career field. I think any assignment that does that helps students connect the work they’re doing in class to their future as professionals.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
Teaching general education courses, I always have a mix of students from different degree fields. I really enjoy having them in class because the experience they bring from their other courses, work, and life enrich our discussions.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Find meaning in your own education. Find ways to connect what you’re learning in your life and career.