Congratulations to SoHE grad student Erica Hess who won an Early Excellence grad student award. This is an award given out to graduate student for exceptional teaching. Erica is a third-year MFA student in Human Ecology, specializing in Design Studies. She has taught classes in textile design, including printing and dyeing, and manual and computer-generated imagery.
The opportunity to expand students’ frame of reference for themselves and the world is one of the many things Erica said she enjoys about teaching.
“In our current times, we need to expand on our ways of connection and collaboration by offering more opportunity for understanding across cultures,” she said. “Students often perceive that the focus in their learning is on producing an artifact or object rather than developing critical understandings about practice through design. I love working with students to master technical skills while thinking critically about their role and responsibility in society as designers.”