Faculty Spotlight: Mentoring Partners đź—“

Monday November 20, 12:00-1:00pm (online)

In a rich, collaborative effort between Natalie Moore (FDN) and Dina Weiss (School of Art), their Fellows project takes on mentorship through a series of guiding questions. What does mentoring look like at Pratt? In what ways do faculty and students already make themselves available in a mentoring role? How can Pratt facilitate a mentor exchange in a non-hierarchical manner to bridge generations and varying levels of teaching and learning experiences? How can mentoring exchanges be developed and sustained as peer-to-peer between faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students? Join as they share insights from across Pratt campus from interviews with professors, staff, and students alike.

Natalie Moore is an educator, artist, and designer working in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Foundation Department. As an educator, Moore has worked in collaboration with faculty members across the institute on interdisciplinary projects including Drawing Democracies (2013, 2015), Visible Epistemologies (2018/19), First Year Conversations, (2021/22). She has been active in the Faculty Learning Communities at Pratt Institute since 2012 and presented on a wide range of pedagogical strategies at conferences nationwide. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally for over 30 years; her work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, CNN International and reviewed in several publications including the New York Times, New York Newsday and USA Today. Her design work includes work for numerous educational, non-profit, and commercial clients such as Rethink Autism, the Toffler Associates, Sprint, Scientific American, the Hale House, and the Guggenheim Museum. Moore received a MA Studio Art, NYU in 1992 and BA Fine Art, from University of California, Santa Cruz in 1987.

Dina Weiss is a New York City-based artist and educator, who holds her M.F.A. in Sculpture from Parsons, School for Art & Design, and a B.S. in Studio Art from New York University. She also studied art history at the American University of Paris in France and studio art at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. She is the Assistant Chair of Fine Arts and a Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute. She works with both MFA and BFA programs, oversees all public programming and outreach, and develops new initiatives for students, faculty, and alumni. Recently, she worked with the School of Art, School of Design, Photography, and Art & Design Education departments to design a Graduate Teaching & Learning Certificate and is a Center for K-12 Research Fellow. Before working at Pratt, Weiss was the Executive Director at Artists Alliance, Inc. and Director of Cuchifritos Gallery & Project Space in New York. She taught at Parsons, Art & Design School. And worked as a Museum Education Coordinator for the Museum of Arts & Design, The Drawing Center, and the Dia Art Foundation. She was an Education Consultant for the New Museum, where she co-authored a chapter of the curriculum in Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education, published by Routledge and the New Museum. She has exhibited work across the country, most recently at Equity Gallery in NYC, and currently is an artist in residence at The James Gallery, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

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