Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is informed by my desire to include theory and practice within every learning environment. My mission is to create a student-centered atmosphere that fosters engagement and reflection. Within the classroom I facilitate in-class time to explore, practice, and foster discussion through a mix of theory and practical application scenarios. Within department media and technology labs, I readily engage with all students who use the facilities to increase their understanding of new media equipment and the languages of visual styles. I consider myself to be a teacher-scholar-mentor, and support informal learning experiences and recognize that students come in to the classroom with a wealth of important experiences that can be built upon to further learn and grow knowledge together.

These practica enable students to become not only technologically literate but also innovative in thinking though uses of existing technologies in new ways. Workshop sessions in class include collaborative sessions to foster those ideas. Encouraging students to think in new ways and explore topics in-depth for different audiences, my classes enable all of us to explore how meaning is made through words, images, sounds, and video for different audiences and cultures.

While I am proud of all of my students, here are a few examples of some recent award-winning pieces my students have created.

Student project examples:

Proto Buildbar - 2018 Student Regional National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Award winner - Commercial - Parker Buhrman, Editor/Producer

Hop the Gem - 2017 Student Regional NATAS Award Winner - PSA - Andrew Spoon, Photographer/Editor and Aaron Lockhart, Photographer/Editor

Life on the Red Line - 2017 Student Regional NATAS Award Winner - Video Essay - Hasan Abdul-Karim, Director/Producer/Videographer/Editor

Dayton Diggers - 2017 Student Regional NATAS Award Honorable Mention - Sarah Olsen Director/Producer/Videographer/Editor

Burns - Photo Compilation - A day in the life of an Air Force firefighter

Student feedback:

Multimodal Composition - Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Literacies Upper-Level English Composition course at UNC-Chapel Hill

Dr. Ware preparing staging materials for her visual communication how-to instructional guide project. She is ironing fabrics used for staging products.
Student working in AE designing motion graphics set from scratch
Wide shot of episode recording of "Try this" - A WSU student production buzzfeed style show with funky foods and instant reaxs.
Team field production for episode of "Try this" - a buzzfeed style show with funky foods and instant reactions.