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Lien Fan Shen

Title: Professor
College: Fine Arts
School / Department: Film & Media Arts
Mentoring Philosophy:

My philosophy of teaching is to make students acknowledge the limits of knowing and advance coherent general principles of their fields. My pedagogical approach-practicing critical thinking through analyses and practice-set me on the way to this goal. My teaching practice always encourages students to produce works that shine in both academic and popular settings. I emphasize integrating critical thinking and persistent doing/artmaking in my courses. Critical thinking informs artmaking practice, and practice goes beyond the rational learning outcome of students' critical thinking. Creative practice not only encourages students to articulate their conceptual understanding of visual culture through doing, but also provides a means to challenge the limits of knowing and existing norms. Creative practice, such as animation projects and storyboarding assignments in my courses, is juxtaposed by constraints and students' free will of knowing through making. Students must acknowledge technical and social constraints in order to confront and go beyond the limits through their practice.

Since tenured in 2014, I have served as the chair of graduate committees for one MFA in Animation, one MA in Asian Studies, five MA in Arts Teaching. I also served as a member on two MFA committees in Film Production and one PhD in Communication. I mentor a significant amount of our undergraduate students officially and unofficially. I advise students in Undergraduate Honor theses and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. Students' projects include issues on environmental concerns, mental health, queer representation, school bullying, and female empowerment.