Cynthia Becker Recognized with ACASA Innovative Teaching Award

in Center News
July 7th, 2021

Cynthia Becker, Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, was recognized with the inaugural Innovative Teaching Award by ACASA (Arts Council of the African Studies Association). The award was created for candidates at various stages of their careers whose pedagogic practice, course design and contributions to curricula reflect a range of creative teaching methods and encourages inclusive socially-responsive scholarship.

As the selection committee wrote: “Cynthia Becker’s impressive teaching portfolio focused on a series of courses involving both multimedia expression and community engagement. She introduced two examples of her outstanding teaching record at Boston University: From Morocco to Timbuktu: Art and Architecture at the Saharan Crossroads and African Art in the City. These courses show collaborative, student-centered, imaginative teaching methods, blending classic in-class discussions with out-of-classroom artist studio visits, practical hands-on demonstrations by artists, along with visits to museums and other sites in Boston. It was a pleasure to see well-crafted webpages created by students about cities like Accra, Lagos, Marrakech, Nairobi and Johannesburg. Cynthia also collaborated with a colleague at the University of Massachusetts, making the learning space diverse. Through the use of peer review mechanisms and community engagement strategies, she introduces a culture of collaborative thinking. She has made significant contributions in developing new curricula at Boston University and at the University of St. Thomas where she taught between 2000 and 2005.”

Note that “From Morocco to Timbuktu: Art and Architecture at the Saharan Crossroads” will be offered this fall.