Part Time Faculty Profiles

Ayelet Danielle Aldouby

Ayelet is a public art and social practice curator focused on art, education and wellness. She serves as a curatorial consultant at Residency Unlimited (RU), NYC and was the lead curator for IDEAS xLab - cultivating artists as agents of change. Ayelet curated “Re:Construction” public art projects for Alliance for Downtown NY; public video art in Times Square with ZAZ10 and projects with the International Artists’ Museum at the 51st & 52nd Venice Biennales. Recent publications include Then and Now - a Harlem Renaissance curriculum guide with the Wallach Gallery at Columbia; Natchez: Inclusion and Soaps in Concinnitas: The Journal of the Institute of Arts /University of Rio de Janeiro and Seeing the Unseen in Trends - The Texas Art Education Journal. Aldouby served as the president of the NAEA Community Art Caucus (CAC), instructs Community Arts - Field work, and is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Art Education. Ayelet is also a yoga instructor, avid hiker and photographer.  


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Jaymes Dec
Studio Instructor

Jaymes Dec is the Chair of Innovation and a technology teacher at the Marymount School of New York. After graduating from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, he served as the Program Manager at GreenFab, a National Science Foundation program for high school students from the South Bronx that taught science, technology, engineering, and math skills through classes on sustainable design and green technologies. Jaymes was named a “Teacher of the Future” by the National Association of Independent Schools and a Senior Fab Learn Fellow by Stanford University. He is the co-author of Make: Tech DIY: Easy Electronics Projects for Parents and Kids.


Aimee Ehrman
Studio Instructor

Aimee is currently pursuing an Ed.D.DCT in Art Education and holds an Ed.M. from Teachers College. She has a M.F.A. from SUNY New Paltz and a B.A. from Baldwin Wallace University. Aimee’s research interest involves examining the intersection of embodied learning and ceramics, and how the embodied practices of ceramics can be explored in higher education. Aimee is also interested in how the educational setting can influence art making practices and subsequent artworks. As an active artist and educator, she brings both her movement and artist practices to the classroom, where she challenges students to both experiment with the material and consider the role of the body as a tool. Aimee’s artistic individual works and installations are held in private collections and exhibited in galleries nationwide.

Jun Gao
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Gao is an established artist and passionate educator who has taught art and art education for twenty years. He obtained a Doctor of Education degree in art and art education from Teachers College, Columbia University, an MA from University for the Creative Arts (Britain), an MFA from Boston University College of Fine Arts, and a BA from Tsinghua University (China). In addition to his multidisciplinary art practice, Dr. Gao teaches painting courses in the Art and Art Education Program at Teachers College and gives lectures at art schools in China. Besides serving in different advisory committees, he presented at national and international conferences and conducted workshops in world-renowned institutions, such as The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and National Art and Art Education Association. His teaching passions include painting, drawing, photography, graphic design, digital art, visual culture, art theory, and art education. Many of his artworks are collected by internationally acclaimed American and Chinese institutions and are published in various art books and periodicals.

Tom Lollar
Distinguished Senior Instructor

Thomas W. Lollar is a master sculptor who creates works in ceramic, marble, and metal and reimagines architectural, geographical, and historical narratives. His broad range of subjects are rendered in both frontal bas-relief and aerial views. The unique surface colors with which the works are finished are the result of a unique combination of media that arises from applying copper, bronze, and platinum metallic paints and glazes.

Ashley Mask
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Ashley Mask is an artist, art museum educator, and instructor who engages with a variety of museum audiences including K-12 teachers and students, university students, and people with disabilities. She currently works as a museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and serves as a co-editor for Instructional Resources in the journal Art Education. Her doctoral research centered on novice art museum educators and their experiences upon entering the field. Prior to beginning her doctoral work, Ashley led the education departments at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Colorado. She has taught museum studies, museum education, photography, and leadership studies courses at several universities, and she has worked with a variety of community organizations and arts commissions as an evaluator, researcher, and organizer. She holds an EdD from the Art and Art Education program at Teachers College, an MSEd in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street College, an MFA in Photography from the University of Delaware, and a BFA in Sculpture and Photography from the University of Montevallo.

Nisha Nair

Nisha Nair is an art educator who is deeply interested in how meaningful art experiences can propel individual and social transformation, and in how teachers can promote such experiences for diverse learners. She is the Founder & Executive Director of ArtSparks Foundation, a nonprofit that uses visual art & design to foster 21st century learning and life skills in over 4000 children from underserved communities in India. ArtSparks also supports the development of teachers and local community women artists-facilitators. Prior to ArtSparks, Nisha served as program director at Studio in a School, where she oversaw all aspects of bringing quality visual arts programming to 78 NYC public schools. Her tenure in education also includes serving as facilitator, researcher, curriculum specialist, and teacher educator at the Harlem Children’s Zone, UNESCO, and Art21. Nisha is an award-winning designer recognized for her work for the Smithsonian, National Endowment for the Humanities, NASA, and more.

Erin Riley
Studio Instructor

Erin Riley is the Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Jackson Director of the Engineering and Design Lab at Greenwich Academy, a preK-12 independent school for girls. Working in a hands-on studio/lab environment for 20 years has allowed Erin to mentor students at the intersection of art, design, and engineering. Erin is among the first cohort of Senior FabLearn Fellows at Teachers College where she writes on the topic of maker education, curriculum design, and STEAM. She holds an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and is the author of The Art of Digital Fabrication from CMK Press. 

Dave Sheinkopf

David Sheinkopf is a creative technologist with a background in education and arts administration. His skill set and body of work is diverse-- designing and building custom electronics for the world’s biggest brands, developing curriculum for students (from age 9 to 60), and creating public programming at the intersection of arts and technology. In 2015, Sheinkopf co-founded Smooth Technology, an experiential production studio that designs, builds and implements specialized technology solutions. There, he has been responsible for carrying projects from conception to completion for clients ranging from multinational corporations (Cisco Systems, Google) to pop stars (Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey). Previously, Sheinkopf established and directed the education and technology departments at Pioneer Works, a Brooklyn-based arts and science nonprofit. Over his six year tenure, he managed a wide-range of artists, courses, students, teachers and curricula. He also created public programming and events that still occur annually, including a 3D-printed boat race (The Red Hook Regatta), a hackathon (Hack Red Hook), creative technology conference (Software for Artists Day), and an education collaboration with Google (Art x Code). David has also spent over a decade in the classroom, teaching at The Churchill School in Manhattan. There, he developed a curriculum for teaching analog and digital electronics to high school students, preparing them for life in an increasingly computerized world. He continues to teach VR and Physical Computing at Teachers College, Columbia University.

When not teaching, building, or programming, you can find David fixing bicycles, composing music, or barbecuing for his friends and family.

Sharon Vatsky

For the past 20 years Sharon Vatsky has supervised programming for youth audiences at the Guggenheim Museum. She currently oversees audience engagement, including internships, access programs, and initiatives with the Guggenheim’s global constellation of museums. From 1990 to 2000 she served as curator of education at the Queens Museum of Art. In that position she formulated programming for dozens of exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Vatsky teaches graduate courses in museum education at New York University and Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and has taught college level courses in drawing, painting, art history, and arts education. She holds graduate degrees from the State University of New York at Albany and Hartford Art School, as well as an undergraduate degree from New York University. She is the author of Museum Gallery Experiences: A Handbook (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield / American Alliance of Museums, 2018).

Erika Vogt
Studio Instructor

Erika Vogt is a sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.   Vogt’s sculptures have taken the form of installations and collaborative theatrical performances.   She works materially across mediums including time.  Past institutional solo exhibitions have included the New Museum in New York, the Hepworth Wakefield in West Yorkshire, and Triangle France in Marseille.  Her work has been exhibited and screened at institutions including Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, MIT’s List Visual Arts Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hammer Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou, and REDCAT.  Theatrical commissions include The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2014 and Performa in New York City in 2015.  


Zhenzhen Qi
Studio Instructor

Zhenzhen Qi is a research artist, educator and technologist. Since 2014, she has taught theory and practice of interactive media, web, and game development at Teachers College, Columbia University, City University of New York(CUNY), Guangzhou Academy of Art(GAFA), Creative Technology Week(CTW), Power Station of Art(PSA), among others. She is a technology resident at Pioneer Works, a member of the art and technology incubator NEW INC, led by New Museum, co-founder of New York based media research and production studio She was recently awarded a Brooklyn Arts Council fund to research and develop Collaborative Worlding, an alternative education model that involves artists, technologists, and general audience of art. Zhenzhen holds a BS from University of California, Berkeley, MPS from Tisch School of Art, NYU, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education (EdD), focusing on Computational Art Education, at Teachers College, Columbia University. 


E.Y. Zipris

For over two decades, E.Y. Zipris has studied, worked in, lectured, and written about museums. Formerly the Director of Education at the Museum of the City of New York, E.Y. is thrilled to be back at Teachers College where she earned her EdM in Art Education and Museum Studies. In addition, E.Y. has an MA in Museum Anthropology from Columbia University. E.Y.'s course, Museum Experiences Across Disciplines, highlights education within cultural institutions as a means for transforming museum culture from the inside out. One of E.Y.’s proudest achievements is founding the Teaching Social Activism Conference at the Museum of the City of New York. She lives in the Upper West Side with her husband and daughter. Or as she likes to think of them, her built in museum buddies. E.Y. loves engaging with her students both in and out of the classroom and welcomes anyone with an interest in museology to be in touch!


Bat-Ami Rivlin
Studio Instructor

Bat-Ami Rivlin is a New York-based sculptor. She holds an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts (2019), and a BFA from School of Visual Arts, New York (2016). Rivlin was most recently a NADA House Governor’s Island Residency Fellow (2020) and is currently an A.I.R. Gallery Fellow (2020-2021). Rivlin utilizes found and surplus objects to create installation and sculptural works that explore conceptual spaces between object ontology, material function, and bodily characteristics. Her work has been most recently included in venues such as A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2021); Anonymous Gallery, New York (2021); Susan Inglett, New York (2021); Miriam Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2021); Public Swim, New York (2020); New York Live Arts, New York (2020); PS122 Gallery, New York (2020); M 2 3, New York (2020); Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami (2019); and the Jewish Museum, New York (2019). Rivlin was the subject of a solo exhibition 'No Can Do' at M 2 3, New York (2021) and It All Trembles at NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY (2019). Rivlin is currently Head of Programming at the New York based nonprofit University Council of Art Education.

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