artist, educator, writer.

Teaching

 

 

Expanding both heart and mind, engaged pedagogy makes us better learners because it asks us to embrace and explore the practice of knowing together, to see intelligence as a resource that can strengthen our common good. 

– bell hooks

 

Following in bell hooks’ footsteps, I see teaching as a practice of collectively imagining and moving beyond stagnant ways of learning and knowing “to see intelligence as a resource” for our common good. I strive for my students to become critical thinkers and creators who see, know, and feel how their actions matter in the world. One of my goals as an educator is to create a supportive environment for this deep learning and exchange to be possible. My teaching philosophy utilizes engaged pedagogy, collaborative learning, and interdisciplinary approaches to critical practice and research to stimulate inquiry and foster critical consciousness in a mutually supportive setting.

 
Billie Lee, Assistant Professor at Hartford Art School, speaks during “Retooling Critique,” presented alongside students, faculty, and administration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Billie Lee, Assistant Professor at Hartford Art School, speaks during “Retooling Critique,” presented alongside students, faculty, and administration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

 

My teaching experiences in public schools, museums, and universities have taught me that informal and formal learning settings (i.e., classrooms, galleries, historic sites, media & popular culture, etc.) allow us to see how we participate in our own learning as well as in learning-with-others. Through this process, we can sharpen our awareness of how we are implicated in each others' lives and practice co-listening and co-existing towards a more socially just future. 

 

 
 
 

TEACHING AREAS

Art & Politics; Visual Culture & Social Justice
Critical & Cultural Theory
Interdisciplinary Methodologies for Studio Practice
Museum Studies, Education, and Public Engagement
Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Studies

 
 

COURSES TAUGHT

American Cultures and the Arts (Writing Intensive)
Art and Social Change (Writing Intensive)
Drawing (Studio)
Museum Interpretations: Power, Culture, and Meaning-Making (Writing Intensive)
Senior Painting Seminar (Studio)
Theory and Criticism of Art: Critical Studies for Studio Practice
Thesis Writing (Writing Intensive)
Three-Dimensional Design (Studio)
Two-Dimensional Design (Studio)
Unmaking Art, Unmaking Self: Women of Color Creative Practices
Writing for Artists (Writing Intensive)

UNIVERSITY TEACHING

Assistant Professor, Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT (2018-Present)
Faculty/Advisor, Nomad 9 Interdisciplinary MFA Program, Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT (2019-Present)
Lecturer, Department of American Studies and the Department of Art & Art History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI (2014-Present)
Lecturer, Department of Art & Design, University of New Haven, New Haven, CT (2009-2010)

TEACHING IN MUSEUMS & WIDER COMMUNITIES

Associate Curator of Education, Shangri La: A Museum of Islamic Art, Culture, and Design, Honolulu, HI (2017-2018)
Teaching Artist, Dwight Hall at Yale: Center for Public Service and Social Justice, New Haven, CT (2009-2010)
Wurtele Gallery Teacher, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT (2007-2009)
Artist in Residence, Empire State Partnerships, New York State Council on the Arts (2007)
Teaching Artist, Young Audiences New York, New York, NY (2006-2007)
Museum Educator, Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY (2005-2007)
English Teaching Assistant, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Fellowship, Hanbada Middle School, Busan, South Korea (2004-2005)