During Spring 2009, I am teaching at Florida State University's International Program in Florence, Italy, with courses in Survey of Studio Art Practices and Photo for Non-Majors. For this teaching position, I was selected as the Florence Teaching Award recipient through Florida State University's Art Department. This award also included an adjunct instructor position for Fall 2008 at the Tallahassee campus, where I taught Photo I, Photographic Lighting and Studio, and Web Design I (as well as teaching the second half of Catalyst for Art Making, when the professor had to take leave mid-semester).
During 2006-08, I was a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State with assistantships for both my second and third years. I taught Photographic and Digital Imagemaking and Web Design I (click here to view the course website I developed for this class). Additionally, I taught in China during the summers of 2006 and 2007, with the EnviroChina collaborative graphic design program at Taiyuan Normal University in 2006 and courses in Photographic Composition and Advertising Photography at Taiyuan Normal University and Shanxi University in 2007. I was named an Honorary Professor at Taiyuan Normal University for my two years of teaching there.
Before entering graduate school, I taught through local North Carolina arts instutions: The ArtsCenter in Carrboro and the Durham Arts Council. The courses I developed, Photographic Lighting and Photographic Composition, were part of the Making a Living in Photography certificate program through Durham Technical Community College. I have also given workshops on flash photography, worked with photo club students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and led photography seminars to high school and junior high school students of Chapel Hill and Orange County, North Carolina. In additional teaching experience, I was a Cub Scout leader for four years, a Youth Leadership Program mentor for one year, and a Photography Merit Badge instructor to the Boy Scouts. I was named Orange District Den Leader of the Year for 2000 in Occoneechee Council, North Carolina for my work with boys from single-mother homes in a Chapel Hill public housing community.
To read additional information about the courses I have taught, and am currently teaching, click here (currently only available in the English version of my website). My teaching philosophy statement is here (currently only available in the English version of my website).
(photo by Shi Xiao Bo, from my class at Taiyuan Normal University in China)