The distinctive character of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is defined by the faculty's demonstrated capability to fulfill the values of the Teacher Scholar Philosophy; a philosophy guided by a serious and continuing commitment to teaching, scholarship and service in the belief that scholarship complements and enriches excellence in teaching and service.
Adapted from the Teacher Scholar Philosophy of SIUE, Teacher Scholar Philosophy Working Group, 6/2/08
Dr. P. Gussie Klorer
Professor; Director Graduate Art Therapy Counseling Program, Department of Art and Design
|Recent Honors / Awards / Recognition: |
2001 Clinician’s Award, American Art Therapy Association
Fall 06 Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award through CAS, SIUE
Primary Courses Taught:
Assessment of Individuals and Families
Practicum in Art Therapy Counseling
Art Therapy with Children and Adolescents
Ph.D., Union Institute and University
How does SIUE support your professional growth or activity as a Teacher-Scholar?
My teaching philosophy has focused on creating a seamless connection between research, community service through clinical work, and teaching. My clinical practice is the pivotal point of my research, from which my book, journal articles and book chapters have all emerged. Research and practice are brought into the classroom through video excerpts of client sessions (when proper release forms can be obtained, which can sometimes take years). In this way students see the human side of clinical work, and they have an opportunity to see how research questions emerge from practice."
What is a unique aspect of your professional life that enhances your service to the academic or greater community?
"Joe Weber, Professor Emeritus at SIUE, conceived of the idea for an art therapy program at SIUE over 20 years ago when he was the head of the Art Education program. Professor Weber asked me to apply for the first full-time Director’s position in 1990. I did not think I wanted the job because I loved my clinical work as the Adjunct Treatment Coordinator in a residential treatment center for abused children and I didn’t want to stop being an art therapist to be a professor. Professor Weber assured me that it would be possible to combine a small practice, research, and teaching. That first year I think I wore the carpeting down in a path to his office!"