On The End of Summer (yay!) and New Work

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Ah, the end of summer. I love it, actually. It means my kids go back to school. It means a return to some form a routine after two plus months of beach and camping chaos. Sure, there is the chaos of work as the above photograph depicts. But it’s welcome as the leaves begin to turn. The end of summer means teaching and learning and writing and making new photographs. I’m looking forward to all of those things this fall.

This October, I’ll be returning to Caltech to make new photographs during their Teach Week–a week devoted to showcasing the teaching and learning happening institution-wide. I will also be giving a workshop for faculty on documenting their teaching visually. All of this is being organized by Cassandra Horii and the brilliant staff at Caltech’s Center for Teaching, Learning & Outreach.

I’m heading to the University of Virginia in November to work with Michael Palmer and the staff at UVA’s Center for Teaching Excellence. The photographs I make of their faculty colleagues will be used in a newly-remodeled space within their center. Later in the year, a wider selection of images made during my visit will help celebrate the center’s 25th anniversary. I’m very excited to have these photographs help showcase teaching and learning at UVA.

In addition to making new photographs this fall, I’ll be continuing work on a new essay for the journal To Improve the Academy. The piece is ALMOST finished and is scheduled to be published in June of 2016 as part of the journal’s special focus on Creative Scholarship. Cassandra Horii and I are co-authoring the piece, which will introduce the edition’s special creative scholarship focus. Using the Teaching and Learning Project as an example, it will detail our work using photographs to conduct faculty consultations at a number of institutions across the country.

I’ll end this back-to-school post with some work that’s not in progress, but in it’s finished state at Texas Tech University. I worked with the staff at TTU’s Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center in September of 2014 to make photographs of service-learning programs and other TTU classes. The gallery below shows these photographs recently hung in the center’s newly-redecorated halls.

Above installation photographs by Ching Lee, Facilities Manager at TTU’s Teaching, Learning & Professional Development Center

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