Part-Time Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award Spring 2016
Charles Peterson is a lecturer in Art History in the Department of Art at Loyola Marymount University. His published work studies themes of deception and sensory perception in the areas of Dutch illusionistic painting and the scientific, religious, and legal fields of seventeenth-century Europe. Charles is currently studying portraits reflecting the procedures for educating young princes and how they embody the political struggles of the exiled Bohemian court during the Thirty Years' War. He also writes on early modern collecting practices and early colonial Peruvian book illustrations. His commitment to instructional development has been recognized and assisted by the receipt of LMU's Summer Assessment and Core Course Development grants. He is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the UCSB Graduate Student Instructor Award. Charles earned his Ph.D. in Art History at the University of California Santa Barbara.
Charles has been commended by his colleagues for his dedication to and engagement of students, interactive discussions, teaching of critical thinking and analytical skill, and contributions to curricular development. Students consistently note his passion and appreciate his knowledge, organization, and availability; they particularly enjoy the field trips and the historical and cultural context he provides. Charles supports his classes with digital tools and has developed creative peer-review and primary-source assignments; he is a dedicated, supportive, and challenging teacher.