Robert Peluso, Ph. D.

General Education Instructor
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh


Be humble. And learn from others. Robert Peluso , General Education Instructor , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

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

When I realized that ideas matter.

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

I introduce examples from my work as a scholar, publisher, creative writer, and reviewer and as either an inspiration, a cautionary tale, or as a problem-solving tool. But no matter the rationale, the larger objective is to ground these experiences in the human element of professional experience.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

Behind every project I assign is a commitment to learner-centered education. In simple, practical terms, it means focusing on questions and discussion.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

In my experience, collaboration is most useful for exploring what John Dewey would view as the democratic possibilities of the classroom—negotiating among competing views, settling disputes through discussion and compromise, and participating collectively in making those activities a reality.

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

Be humble. And learn from others.