My classes--available to high school sutdents studying for the ACT to undergraduates seeking to better their essay writing--center around discussion and writing exercises. I practice writing with my students, rather than just assigning essays. I read and comment on the drafts in order to give my studnets specific pointers. Reading and rewriting drafts allows the student to become better writers.
I am Art History Ph.D. Candidate with eight years of experience teaching classes of thirty to ninety students each semester at a research university focused on instructing students in academic writing and reading comprehension. As an Architecture and Design historian, I primarily teach design students to write and had tremmendous success in training visual artists in essay writing
Ph.D. Art History –– Architecture, Design and Urbanism –– University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
–– August 2011 - 2019
M.A. Art History –– University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY –– August 2008 - Spring 2011
B.A. Art History –– University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL –– August 2004 - May 2008
Fellowships Awards and Honors
2018-2019 Tuition Grant, The Kościuszko Foundation.
2016-2017 Fulbright Student Research Scholar, Fulbright Polish-US Commission,
Academy of Fine Arts, Cracow
2015-2016 Fulbright Student Research Scholar, Fulbright Polish-US Commission,
Academy of Fine Arts, Cracow
2016-2017 Tuition Grant, The Kościuszko Foundation.
Spring 2014 Graduate Conference Travel Grant, University of Illinois at Chicago
Spring 2013 Research Travel Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, Art History
Spring 2013 Graduate Conference Travel Grant, University of Illinois at Chicago
Spring 2008 Best Paper Award: Undergraduate Symposium at University of Illinois
Spring 2008 Departmental Distinction at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Publications, Lectures, Scholarly Conferences, and Organization
of Conference Panels or Symposia:
“How to Write a History of Central-Eastern European Design Using Global
Art History Methodology” [“Glo(kalna) Historia: Jak poprzez historię globalną można
opisać wzornictwo Europy Środkowo‑Wschodniej w XX wieku,”] 2+3D n.61, 2017.
Co-authored with Beatrice Smigasiewicz, "Reconsidering the Housing Block. Innovations
by Two Polish Women Architects at Mid-Century: Helena Syrkus and Zofia Hansen” at
Architecture & Feminisms: Ecologies/Economies/Technologies AHRA (Architectural Humanities
Research Association), School of Architecture, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology),
Stockholm, Sweden, November 17-19, 2016.
“The Experience of Black Modernity 1914-1970s: African-American Designers in Chicago
and Beyond” at Cracow Academy of Fine Arts, November 8th, 2016.
“An Intelligent, Complex, and Human Design Project”: Social Engagement in State Socialism
during the 1960s,” at Contested Spheres: Artworlds under Socialism, Kassák
Múzeum – Petőfi Literary Museum and Translocal Institute, Budapest, 27-28 May, 2016.
“The 1933 Polish-American Pavilion: a Case of Polyvalent Identity,” at Society of Architectural
Historians Conference, Austin TX, Friday, April 9th-13th, 2014.
“The Polish Pageant: The Polish Week of Hospitality at the 1933 World’s Fair and the
Creation of an Identity,” at Ohio University Graduate Conference, Saturday April 13th,
Teaching and Professional Experience
University of Illinois at Chicago
Primary Instructor, History of Design I, Department of Art History, January- May 2019
Teaching Assistant, History of Design II, Department of Art History –– August- Dec. 2018.
Primary Instructor, History of Design I, Department of Art History, August- December 2017
Teaching Assistant, History of Design II, Department of Art History –– January - May 2018.
Teaching Assistant, History of Art, Department of Art History–– August 2014- May 2015.
Research and Collections Management Assistant, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum ––
August 2013 - August 2014.
Teaching Assistant, History of Art, Design History, Department of Art History ––
August 2012 - May 2013.
University of Chicago Graham School
Instructor, History of Modern Architecture: 1750-1970 –– March 2014- June 2014.
Instructor, History of 20th C. Art –– January 2014-March 2014
Loyola University Chicago
Adjunct Instructor, History of Art II, Department of Fine and Performing Arts ––
January 2014- May 2014.
Adjunct Instructor, History of Graphic Design (self-designed course),
Department of Fine and Performing Arts –– August 2013 - December 2013.
Extra Curricular Activities
Co-founded the Postcolonial Studies Group, institute of the Humanities, University of Illinois
at Chicago—Fall 2014 - Spring 2015
Archival and Website Database Intern, Gallery400 University of Illinois at Chicago ––
Archival Volunteer at Lexington History Society, Lexington, KY –– Fall 2010-Spring 2011
Volunteer for Land of Tomorrow Gallery, Lexington, KY; Ann Tower Gallery Lexington, KY; and
Institute 193 –– Spring 2010 - Spring 2011
Membership in Professional Organizations
• College Art Association: Student Member
• Society of Architectural Historians: Student Member
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