Teacher of the Week - Alice Klima

Alice Klima

Instructor,  in Lamar Dodd School of Art, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

“If I am interested and excited about a topic, students catch on and share my interests.” 

The Center for Teaching and Learning recognizes Alice Klima as CTL Teacher of the Week. Klima is an Instructor in Lamar Dodd School of Art in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Over the years, Dr. Alice Klima has been fortunate to have many outstanding teachers who took the time to teach her how to teach—from calculating grades to leading a discussion. She daily reflects on their different teaching styles and advice when she is in the classroom. Additionally, Dr. Klima also tries not to forget what it was like to be a student. Everyone comes from a different background and has different responsibilities, and these differences should be acknowledged.

A strategy Dr. Klima employs in the classroom is to provide a prepared and stimulating environment that allows students to build on interests, as well as find new points of inquiry. Art and architectural history can be a vehicle for a broad range of issues, and she makes every effort to make connections and deepen discussions. Klima aims to educate students through interactive and interdisciplinary means. She especially enjoys hearing students discuss amongst themselves in and outside of the classroom. Last year, she assigned small group discussions based on readings, and students were advised to answer a group of questions as a team. Dr. Klima was amazed at the chatter and discussion as she walked in the classroom that day. It seemed as if class had started 10 minutes early, and she was late.

Dr. Klima provides the following words of wisdom, “I believe that to be a good teacher one needs to be a good student. If I am interested and excited about a topic, students catch on and share my interests. I do not pretend to have all the answers. Sometimes the most interesting topics are yet to be discovered.” 

 

See Klima’s departmental profile: http://art.uga.edu/directory/alice-klima