Master of Arts, East Tennessee State University
Bachelor of Arts, Carson-Newman University
What classes do you teach at Anderson
African-American Art, Art History Survey, Experiencing the Arts
What year did you start teaching at AU
Why teach at AU?
My undergraduate experience at a Christian university put me in the path of wonderful professors who cared about me as an individual as well as a student. I realized I was being called to become an educator. This is truly what I was placed on the planet to do!
Running, hiking, kickboxing, cake decorating, yoga, music, motivational speaking
Notable achievements outside of discipline
Two-time marathon finisher, eight-time half marathon finisher
People might be interested to know I...
Traveled to Kenya in 2010 to work in a medical clinic in a remote village near Segera. I am also a public speaker for the National Eating Disorder Association, and serve on the writing team at my church.
How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?
Definitely high energy. There is no passive learning in our classroom. If we are studying Jackson Pollock, we go outside and sling paint. We explore architecture under the columns of AU’s magnificent buildings. A study of the Harlem Renaissance means jazz music, poetry and learning to dance the Charleston. We don’t sit still for long!
Jan believes an art degree can take you anywhere you want to go. “Art history combines psychology, philosophy, business, and anthropology with the study of art.”
Teaching FA200 (Experiencing the Arts) allows Jan to work with students from a variety of disciplines and gain their perspectives. She loves the energy on the Anderson University campus, “particularly being surrounded by the tremendous talent present in the South Carolina School of the Arts.”