Teaching Professor & Assistant Chair
Area of Specialization
As assistant chair and former director of undergraduate studies for the department, I devote my attention to teaching, curricular development and innovative pedagogies. I developed, revised or helped design the foundation courses for all three of the department’s majors and led efforts to design the Museum Studies major. I have enjoyed teaching at the University of Pittsburgh since 2002 and am the parent of three Pitt students. This, along with my serving as academic advisor for a decade and as assistant dean in the College of General Studies, has inspired me to prioritize the experience of undergraduate students. I have implemented an undergraduate teaching and research assistantship program to enable students to become more active partners in the life of the department and an annual showcase of research and creative work (HAAARCH) that celebrates their achievements. A sequence of Pro-Seminars provide workshops on personal and professional development and connect current students with our wonderful alums and others working in the field. My pedagogical, curricular, and program development work is grounded in extensive experience serving on diverse university committees in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and College of General Studies, the University Honors College, the Teaching and Learning Center, and the Provost’s Office. I have also strenuously advocated for faculty who work outside the tenure stream.
PhD, Bryn Mawr
MA, American University
How to Talk with a Work of Art, an alternate and free “anti-survey textbook” for teachers, students and the broad public
“Specs Grading and the Art History Survey or: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Ditch Exams,” co-authoring with Matthew Levy, Associate Professor, Penn State Behrend.
“Gaertner’s Compromise: Spectatorship and Social Order in the Panorama of Berlin,” in Kate Trumpener and Tim Barringer, eds., On the Viewing Platform: The Panorama Between Canvas and Screen (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020)
“Why World Art is Urgent Now: Rethinking the Introductory Survey in a Seminar Format,” Art History Pedagogy and Practice 2:2 (2017). https://academicworks.cuny.edu/ahpp/ (1,033 downloads as of May 2022)
“Undergraduate Research in an Architecture Foundations Course,” CUR Quarterly, 31/2 (Winter 2010): 40.
Museums, Society and Inclusion?
Foundations of Art History and Museum Studies
Introduction to World Art
World Art: Contact and Conflict
Approaches to the Built Environment
The Teaching of Art History (Graduate Seminar)
Berlin: Episodes in Architectural History
Making Space: Agency, Identity and Representing Representation
Feminism and Art History
Eighteenth-Century European Art and Architecture
Nineteenth-Century European Art
Developed units for the collaborative courses Art and Empire, World Cities, and The Viral Image
Courses Under Development:
Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, 2015
AMPCO Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 2008.
Doris Sill Carland Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Bryn Mawr College, 1996
Phi Beta Kappa
University Honors College Faculty Fellow
Global Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh, Curriculum Development Grant Recipient
University Honors College Service Learning Course Development Grant recipient
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Research Grant Recipient
Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities Recipient
Carolyn E. Conway Endowed Scholar, International Chapter P.E.O. Sisterhood