DSC_0168_William Coleman2 Receiving the 2012 Teaching Effectiveness Award from Dean of the Berkeley Graduate Division Andrew Szeri
As the joint product of a small liberal arts college and the Oxford tutorial system, I’ve learned from many committed teachers who offered passionate guidance in reading the stories that images, buildings, and landscapes tell and in expressing those readings creatively and effectively in written and oral argument. I work to follow their example in my own teaching, with a particular emphasis on the lessons that can be learned from the encounter with original objects of art and material culture.

In addition to other teaching experience during my doctoral studies at Berkeley, I designed and implemented two courses of my own in the Reading & Composition program: “The American Landscape in Painting and Practice” and “Music and the Visual Arts.” For my efforts, I was honored to win both the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award and the Teaching Effectiveness Award. The latter, awarded to around ten people annually as Berkeley’s highest recognition for graduate student pedagogy, was especially gratifying.

As Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art at Washington University in St. Louis for the 2015-16 academic year, I taught two courses per semester. For the fall of 2015, these were a revised version of my “American Landscape” course as a Freshman Seminar and a lecture course: “American Art to 1900.” In spring 2016, I reconceived “Music and the Visual Arts” as an intermediate lecture course and lead an intensive upper-level seminar called “‘The Hudson River School’: Landscape and Ideology.” All these courses made extensive use of St. Louis area collections and cultural landscapes.