Alphonso Grant, Ph.D. student in Art Education, was recently selected as a recipient of the 2014-15 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award, which is sponsored jointly by Penn State's Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education. Grant will be recognized at the Student Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Eisenhower Auditorium.
Below are a few words from Grant regarding his teaching philosophy:
"The Art Education Program posits, by the end of the course, A ED 225: Diversity, Pedagogy, and Visual Culture, 'students will understand diversity as broadly defined in relation to visual culture and be able to critically explore the complex dynamics of race, gender, sex, and class, and the pedagogical issues posed by diversity.' As such, as the instructor of this course, I have an obligation to surpass the mechanical foundations of conventional and antiquated teaching and learning in education. I must encourage my students to delineate resistance and describe injustice. I know that a culturally diverse education has a tremendous impact on a student's future. That said, A ED 225 provides me with the liminal space to challenge, to empower, and to liberate a positive transformation within my students' minds."