Visual and Media Studies Capstone, Duke University, Spring 2018
Seminar focusing on advanced visual studies theories, as well as individual senior projects undertaken as a written research paper or visual production.
Castles of Europe, Duke University, Fall 2016, Spring 2018
Instructor, 2016; Lecturing Fellow, 2018
This course will examine the transition of Western Europe into a fortified landscape from the mid-11th century until the advent of large-scale artillery in the mid-15th century. The castles of Spain and Portugal will be discussed in greatest detail, but these will be supplemented by influential examples from other parts of Europe and the Near East. In addition to tracking technological and stylistic changes over time, this course will identify the discrete elements of fortification that were combined into a variety of castle plans. As a way of investigating these topics, students will digitally reconstruct a historical or imagined castle in 3D graphics at a specific place and time covered in the course.
Gothic Cathedrals, Duke University, Fall 2017
Great cathedrals of Europe in England, Germany, and Italy, with a special focus on France, from roughly 1140 to 1270, and their construction, financing, and role in the fabric of medieval city life. The urban context of each city, the history of the site and its relics, and the artistic and technological developments that made the construction of these complex and large-scale structures possible. A consideration of Romanesque precedents and the origins of the various structural elements of Gothic architecture.
Historical Geographic Information Systems, Duke University, Fall 2017
This is a beginner/intermediate Geographic Information System (GIS) course designed to help students develop GIS skills. The class emphasizes perspectives, procedures and tools that are relevant to applications of GIS in Art History and Humanistic disciplines. This course is designed as a hybrid lecture/lab format in which direct instruction is supplemented by hands on learning labs using ArcGIS software and real-world spatial data. The main skills students will gain are: Integration of spatial and tabular data, Geoprocessing, Data visualization, Creating features, Editing Features, Vector and Raster Integration, Spatial Analysis, Georeferencing.
The Virtual Museum, University of Virginia, Spring 2015
Description: This course will focus on the complex relationship between architectural space and exhibit curation in museums through critical reading, museum site visits, and hands-on creation of virtual exhibits for online delivery. Course texts will include selected articles bound in the 2014 book Museum Making: Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions, (Routledge 2012, Edited by MacLeod, Hanks & Hale) as well as additional sources published in a variety of media. Students will learn the components of exhibition narrative using art-historical objects that have been digitized at the University of Virginia special collections library, as well as how to digitize 2D and 3D objects on their own. They will be challenged to make spatial, temporal and textual choices that best communicate their intended narrative. Finally, the benefits and hindrances of various digital exhibition methods will be critiqued through brief, student-led presentations of current online exhibitions.
Course Website: https://pages.shanti.virginia.edu/Virtual_Museum_15S/
A Critical Approach to Digital Humanities, University of Virginia, Fall 2014
Description: Critically assessed the role of digital humanities in art and architectural history through an analysis of digital projects as well as tools. Readings were selected from critical texts such as Thomas DeCosta Kaufmann’s Towards a Geography of Art and Marvin Trachtenberg’s Building in Time. The course also included workshops on topics such as viewshed analysis, thick mapping, and 3d visualizations. Students were required to do assigned weekly readings and one major research project applying a selection of the tools demonstrated in class workshops.
Introduction to the Digital Humanities, Washington & Lee University, Spring 2014
Teaching Assistant: Provided instruction and mentorship in photogrammetry and 3D modeling.
Description: This project-based course introduced non-STEM majors to the use of digital technologies in humanities research and research presentation.
History of Architecture, University of Virginia, Summer 2014
Description: Covers the history of Architecture, Ancient to Modern in an accelerated course designed to prepare incoming Architectural History Master’s students for entrance examinations.
Field Methods in Architectural Preservation, University of Virginia, Spring 2013
Lecturer/Contributor: Taught unit on Photogrammetry for 1/3 of the course, Introduced students to technological advances in on-site measurement, 3D modeling & presentation.
Description: This course was dedicated to training students to “read” and record the material fabric of historic buildings. Lectures on historic materials area followed by field experience recording in descriptions, photographs and measured drawings.
History of Architecture I, University of Virginia, Spring 2010
Teaching Assistant: Led weekly discussions of course materials.
Description: Through analysis of architectural history’s “greatest hits” we examined how architecture affects our lives. In what ways does it shape our experiences, how does it enhance or detract from our activities? These are among the questions that were asked from both historical and contemporary perspectives. This course covered material from the pre-historic period through c. 1420. Classes were a combination of lectures and discussions as students were taught the fundamentals of architectural history as well as how to analyze buildings.
History of Art II, University of Virginia, Fall 2009
Teaching Assistant: Led weekly discussions of course materials.
Description: Studied the history and interpretation of architecture, sculpture and painting from 1400 to the present.
Western Civilization to 1648 AD, University of Delaware, Spring 2006
Description: This course emphasized the relationship between social, economic, institutional, religious, intellectual, cultural and political developments from the time of Christ to the end of the Thirty Years’ War in 1648. Special attention will be paid to eastern influences on western civilization.
World History I, University of Delaware, Fall 2005
Description: covered the principal political, economic, cultural and social developments in world history through the 16th century, relating the past to the present.
Graphic Design 1: Fundamentals, Anne Arundel Community College, Spring 2005
Description: introduced the applied design and layout procedures used in the graphic design industry. Topics included typographical design, printer’s measurements, copy processing, and illustration techniques done both manually and on a computer.
Foundations of Two Dimensional Design, Anne Arundel Community College, Summer 2005
Description: introduced the theories and the concepts of basic visual design. Explored composition and color theory as it relates to two-dimensional art forms.
Introduction to Maya Modeling, Savannah College of Art and Design, Spring 2004
Description: focused on the issues of modeling surfaces appropriate for use in animation. Students especially developed an understanding of modeling organic forms.