I reach a state of ‘flow’ when I am teaching. I enjoy the planning, creating materials, deploying the activities, and seeing the impact. I have enjoyed teaching in a variety of settings including; class, conference, workshop, on projects, in my home, and many more. I seek for opportunities to teach wherever I am, mostly because it helps me continue to learn.
As a teacher, I am driven by the thrill of creating a lesson plan and watching it unfold. I am motivated by seeing those I am teaching light up as they understand what I had hoped they would see and then watching that information explode as they go beyond and see something that I did not expect, or even know was there. This is why I teach. The link between education and practice is essential. I have found it to be mutually beneficial as I strive to engage in a cross pollination relationships between corporations and academia.
Fall 2018 – ASU – The Design School
A community impact project in collaboration between Scottsdale Arts, Tonalea Middle School, ASU Industrial Design, and ASU Interior Design. This project was led by Milagros Zingoni, Magnus Feil, and Collin Smith.
This has been a thrilling project to be a part of. My favorite is seeing all these kids get excited about design!
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“Cumulus” is a collaboration between 120 students from Tonalea School in Scottsdale and 44 students in The Design School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. The 10 graduate students in interior architecture and 34 undergraduate students in industrial design visited the children several times this semester. The middle schoolers did activities like coloring in drawings of rain drops, writing their thoughts about water and making paper crowns.
Then the ASU students drew inspiration from the kids’ work as they created the installation, which will debut Nov. 9. Designed to be interactive, the piece will have benches to sit on and parts will light up when people walk by.
Introduces the notion of design thinking, a concept that is gaining significant recognition in several disciplines including art, design, business, engineering and others. Design thinking can be described as a creative, multidisciplinary, human-centered approach to solving complex problems. Contemporary society faces numerous challenges, and the need for new tools and methods to tackle and solve these problems is more pressing than ever before. Offers several new techniques of design thinking and creative problem solving through engaging lectures and exciting projects.
Project based exploration of Environmental Design Research.
Part 1 of 2 courses intended to be integrative.
Culminating experience where students are expected to demonstrate their understanding and synthesis of the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the program.
Understanding Context – This phase is all about gathering and analyzing initial data to decide on an area of focus. Students will be expected to undertake extensive study of environmental design precedents within subtopics; Sustainability & Innovation, Technology & Design Strategies, Histories & Theories of Design. Search, collect, organize.
Expected Outcomes: Context document including; annotated bibliography, mind map of focus area, 3-5 possible research questions.
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Research Planning – Prepare a research plan related to their chosen area of study, including; context document, research question, and inquiry proposal. Concluding with a poster exhibit reviewed by peers and professors. Analyze, summarize, propose.
Expected Outcomes: Research Plan including; context document, research question, and inquiry proposal in written format and presentation to the class.
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Conduct Research – Execute research plan to collect pertinent data related to research question. Organize raw data to prepare for analysis of information. Search, collect, organize.
Expected Outcomes: Topline summary of research findings including organized raw data ready for analysis.
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Analyze Data – Visually make sense of data collected. Analyze, summarize, visualize.
Expected Outcomes: 3-5 Models/Frameworks explaining answers to research question.
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Synthesize Opportunities – Ideate possible project opportunities within area of focus based off of research findings. Decide and visually represent 3 most promising directions. Propose.
Expected Outcomes: Final presentation including and connecting; research plan, analyzed data (models/frameworks), visualized opportunities.
University of Utah – Multi-Disciplinary Program – Junior Design Studio Spring 2015
This Junior Studio course focussed on research, ideation and development of rehabilitation aids for children with impairments aged 2 – 5. Utilizing a systematic process of product development and each student is to design a toy that is focused on rehabilitation efforts of physical and occupational therapists, educators and parents.
I worked closely with Jim Agutter as he planned the course cirriculum. Providing resources and ideas for project approach.
I had a blast planning a midpoint ideation workshop focussing on getting the students to play together to come up with fun new concepts.
“Thanks for leading such a great workshop! It was fun and really got the students thinking in a different way.” – Prof. Jim Agutter
I also returned for a midpoint review session of the student work as part of an industry panel.
Illinois Institute of Technology’s Interprofessional Projects Program (iPRO) – Fall 2012
This workshop is intended to teach a process for problem solving as part of interprofessional projects. This process is helpful for complex, non-deterministic problems the students will encounter in their education/career. There are 10 teams of 5 undergraduate students all working on different projects and topics. Pods of 2 teams are guided by an instructor. I am responsible for guiding one pod (two teams) through this process.
Illinois Institute of Technology’s Interprofessional Projects Program (iPRO) – Spring 2013
University of Wisconsin – Parkside
Operations Management – Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
Professor Abey Kuruvilla regularly invited me to teach his Operations Management classes on the subject of product design. In one or two lectures I would quickly introduce them to the basics of the topic and then get them involved in a hands-on design thinking exercise; empathizing, defining, ideating, prototyping, and testing around a real world problem.
The students really got into it because the topics were relevant and the activities were quick. They were also given complete ownership of the challenges, and knew they would share out frequently with the rest of the class.
My hope in introducing this topic in this way to these students is that they will have more empathy for their designer counterparts when they get into practice. I also hope they implement some of the elements of design thinking into their career and lives.
Spring 2019 – ASU – The Design School
I advised Sean Dicke on design strategy as he developed and launched a new business – Strax Gear. Throughout the semester we worked on the visual brand language, messaging, product details, business plans, and pitching. The semester culminated with Sean pitching and winning funding to help with the launch of the first product.
Parallel to understanding a specific organization and industry, each student also explores their personal ‘ELEMENT’ as described by Ken Robinson. Helping students find and articulate the value they bring to help an organization realize the future state proposed in their innovation plan. To help with this effort small groups of students interview a design professional each week and share their insights with the rest of the class.
IIT Institute of Design’s Recruiting Program – Fall 2012
The intent of the session was to expose the attendees to the large variety of online portfolio building tools, including the three typical types; websites, blog platforms, and dedicated portfolio platforms. All in an effort to explain the time and skill required to pursue the different options so that more students would feel comfortable putting their projects and thoughts online. The end of the session was dedicated to demonstrating a wordpress tutorial to go deeper on one platform.
IIT Institute of Design’s Recruiting Program – Spring 2013
The intent of the session was to get together students that want to work on their portfolios and match them up with other students that have expertise in the platform of choice to give assistance. There were about ten students their to be helped and five students their to help. We first help undecided folks choose a platform on which to build their portfolio. Then we split into two groups, one focussed on WordPress and the other focussed on Cargo Collective. We spent about two hours working together, getting some people started, and helping others put the final touches on their site. It was very productive and extremely helpful to have so many assisting hands. The real test of success will be if they all get hired this Spring.
MBA – Operations Management – Spring 2013
I also spent a majority of this semester traveling for work, so I got my first taste in remote teaching.