Rick Valicenti Collaborative Teaching Initiative
Collaborative Teaching Experiences at BGSU
Celebrated School of Art alum provides innovative teaching course
Rick Valicenti ’73 is a celebrated graphic designer who leads an award-winning design firm and is recognized by the White House for his lifetime contributions to his industry. But none of that matters much during the alumnus’s visits to BGSU, because his focus is building the confidence of students. Through the generosity and vision of Rick comes the Rick Valicenti Collaborative Teaching Initiative (RVCTI.) This initiative supports a one-of-a-kind art-focused teaching structure to provide collaborative learning experiences for students and faculty from across the BGSU campus. The RVCTI gives the BGSU art faculty (instructor, lecturer, tenure-track and tenured) opportunity to propose and implement a Spring term collaborative course that embraces team-teaching experiences for unique learning content and hybrids with intimate course enrollment sizes.
Rick Valienti Collaborative Teaching Initiative
Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations in Whole Brain Problem Solving
Assoc. Professor Jenn Stucker / Graphic Design
Lecturer Kirk Kern / Entrepreneurship / Marketing
The 2017 RVCTI recipients were Jenn Stucker, associate professor and division chair of Graphic Design, and Kirk Kern, lecturer and director of the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, for their course Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations in Whole Brain Problem Solving. This unique team-taught class sought to combine differing thinking approaches together for the purpose of understanding collaboration and finding ways for innovation. The class size of 24 was represented by 12 from the School of Art and ten from the Schmidthorst College of Business, as well a student from the College of Technology and another from the College of Education and Human Development. Four of these students were also current or former Hatchlings who competed in The Hatch in 2016 and 2017.