Courses Taught: Courses: Sculpture, ART & ARTD courses
While his discipline emphasizes visual rather than written scholarship, Mr. Joe Staudenbaur has developed his writing skills to a very high level in college and has maintained that standard since entering teaching. As Mr. Staudenbaur puts it, "Even though [my students'] emphasis will be on visual communication, they definitely have to know how to write effectively . . . Writing and speaking tend to foster one another. Employers will expect strong written and verbal skills in their leaders."
Students in his Design I classes do a minimal amount of writing, but the amount increases as students enter higher-level classes. "I think it's important for the students to express themselves through writing," says Mr. Staudenbaur. Though Mr. Staudenbaur does not require his students to use a particular form of citation, he does prefer MLA.
As far as publications in his field go, Mr. Staudenbaur encourages students in his 3-D design class to read Sculpture Magazine. He also encourages his students to take advantage of the library's holdings, placing emphasis on literary research, rather than online research. Mr. Staudenbaur understands the benefits that technology has, but states, "Students need to have basic knowledge and skills like reading and writing [. . .] Basic knowledge needs to be developed first to use technology."
Above all, Mr. Staudenbaur encourages his students to make the most of the resources that are available to them. "Developing tunnel vision is the worst detriment of all students. For instance, many students just start building weak designs when they have world class resources available, and they forget to take a moment to examine these vast resources . . . Talk with your professors and tap into what they know, because many of us are experts in various areas," advises Mr. Staudenbaur.