“I try my best to listen and pay attention to what is going on in the world, and to relate and integrate societal issues that may be affecting my students and use them to frame or introduce my lectures and coursework,” says Gibson, of her teaching. “Sometimes this means letting go of the controls for a while and letting students lead the class.”
In her classes, Gibson hopes to provide students with a critical and creative toolkit, for not only design communication, but also for empathy building and problem-solving, that will stick with them long after the class is over.
“Doing this means helping students recognize their unique personalities, skills, and talents,” comments Gibson. “It also means balancing new ways of learning and knowing, alongside some tried and true strategies for constructing a credible and trustworthy ethos.”