CTL Faculty Fellows
The Faculty Fellows at Pratt’s Center for Teaching and Learning work directly with the Director of the CTL and in collaboration with their School Deans and Chairs to advance pedagogical practices for Pratt faculty, and especially in alignment with the specific needs of each School. The CTL Faculty Fellowship is a year-long commitment, with the ultimate goal of creating school or department based communities of learning, as well as advancing cross-disciplinary institute-wide strategies to improve classroom and studio practices and inclusive pedagogies.
Latest CTL Faculty Fellows Announcements
On November 10, 2020 we hosted one of 2019/20 CTL Faculty Fellows from the School of Art, Kara Hearn, to share her project, tittled: Expanding the Frame, Inclusive Pedagogy and Community Building. Below you will find the recording, chat notes and Kara’s slideshow. 11/10 Zoom recording of Kara’s presentation Click
All are invited to the School of Art Lunchtime Talk on November 10 at 12:30pm, featuring last year’s CTL Fellow, Kara Hearn (Acting Chairperson, Visiting Assistant Professor, Film and Video Department) who will discuss her project, titled: EXPANDING THE FRAME: Inclusive Pedagogy and Community Building on the Departmental Level. RSVP Here
2021 CTL Faculty Fellows
This years CTL Faculty Fellows and their projects are listed below. You will see updates on their work throughout the year.
Irina Schneid, School of Design
Irina Schneid, IIDA, AIA, is a licensed architect and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Interior Design. She is the Principal of Scharc Studio and the Founder and Design Director of Impact Wrkshp, a social impact organization for women in design. Deeply committed to expanding community outreach through her teaching and practice, Irina founded Impact Wrkshp as a springboard for design advocacy to help emerging design professionals harness their training towards social good. Irina’s CTL fellowship will look inward, at design pedagogy, to explore methodologies for supporting participatory design and community engagement within required coursework in the Department of Interior Design.
This fellowship project explores methodologies for integrating design advocacy into interior design pedagogy. Seeking to strengthen and support community engagement within required courses across the BFA and MFA curricula, my work will focus on building departmental awareness of participatory design processes which foster empathy, inclusion, collaboration, and outreach. Asking, how might we activate the classroom as a platform for positive social change, this project will look inward into recent departmental community building initiatives as well as outward into institute-wide participatory design models at Pratt and at design schools across the country. A series of faculty panel discussions will showcase pedagogical strategies for teaching design justice, community-led design, and empathy-based design thinking. My research will catalogue these methodologies, among others, to support the writing and implementation of an advocacy-driven Program Learning Outcome (PLO) with the goal of fostering faculty dialogue about how we as a department can engage in community outreach at all levels of graduate and undergraduate interior design pedagogy.
Past CTL Faculty Fellows
Nida Abdullah – School of Design
Matthew Hoey – School of Design
Kara Hearn – School of Art
Jonathan Scelsa – School of Architecture
Christopher X Jon Jensen – School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
The COMD Teachers Project is a discussion based, participant led project which focuses on dialogue surrounding decolonization of the design classroom through the lens of the power and authority of the instructor. The outcomes of the discussions will lead to the COMD pedagogy focused imprint in the Spring/Summer.
Update: The first issue of the Teachers Project: Criticism on Design Pedagogy: On The Redistribution of Power, designed by Preston Thompson, Visiting Assistant Professor, UG CommD, is launching at Printed Matter Virtual Art Book Fair.
The CTL Faculty Fellow behind the project
Nida Abdullah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Undergraduate Communications at Pratt Institute. Referencing critical and radical pedagogy as well as analyzing “canon”, her research interests focus on the conditions and circumstance for design and design pedagogy, as well as disrupting hierarchical and hegemonic modes of production. Nida has developed several art and design workshops, installations and shows analyzing and reflecting upon the conventions in art and design practice, through the overlapping lenses of power, bias and representation, and non/ownership. Nida’s CTL Faculty Fellowship will regularly bring together interested faculty from Undergraduate and Graduate CommD community to discuss teaching and design pedagogy.