The mission of the College of Arts and Communication is to cultivate and inspire creativity, diversity, expression, inquiry and integrity through embodied education in the fine performing and communicative arts and professions. We offer rigorous programs in music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts; internships, pre-professional opportunities in journalism, advertising, and applied communication, and innovative interdisciplinary studies.
In WHY I TEACH, Professor of Theatre/Dance Barb Grubel talks about teaching her favorite class — improvisation — virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the stunning, unexpected results.
In WHY I TEACH, Jim Mead, the director of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s television station, talks about teaching and mentoring visual storytellers. Mead puts students behind cameras, in front of cameras, in the control room and into the community to bring back stories to broadcast.
In WHY I TEACH, Teresa Faris, professor of art and design at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, talks about “making makers” in her metalsmithing and jewelry design courses. “I chose to teach because I believe in storytelling through objects. I believe that barriers are broken and connections are made when we participate in an activity with a lineage that is as old as humans,” said Faris.
In WHY I TEACH, Jeff Herriott, professor of music, blends a love of artistic discovery with a love of working with students. “Igor Stravinsky was the first composer whose music I heard as a kid that blew me away,” said Herriott. “I didn’t realize music could be like that.” That kind of creative energy fills Herriott, who teaches contemporary composition, electronic music and sound design, and a course called “Sound and Image.” The latter, he said, focuses on sound and music in media — primarily as a storytelling device in film, but also television and video games.
In WHY I TEACH, Nick Hwang, an assistant professor of communication at UW-Whitewater, works extensively with students in the media and game development program.
In WHY I TEACH, S.A. Welch, professor of communication, came to campus looking for a life, not just a job. Welch already had interviewed at other schools when she arrived and asked to observe a class here. What she sensed was a commitment by faculty to the success of students in life, not just college.
In WHY I TEACH, Sumin Shin, an assistant professor in the communication department, remembers when he was new to campus. Shin teaches how various advertising strategies motivate people and influence behavior. He also advises the advertising staff of the Royal Purple student newspaper.
In WHY I TEACH, Piper Morgan Hayes, a lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance, talks about dance, life and always wanting to do better, to be better and to do more.
In WHY I TEACH, Glenn Hayes, a professor of music at UW-Whitewater who is also Director of Bands, talks about what makes teaching rewarding — from the classroom to Lambeau Field to Carnegie Hall.
In WHY I TEACH, Mutòpe Johnson, a lecturer of art and design at UW-Whitewater, talks about how he encourages students to think about ideas in a very creative way.