The LMU Center for Excellence in Teaching named Adriana Jaroszewicz, assistant professor of animation, one of five Master Teachers. The program acknowledges teachers who excel in inventiveness and effectiveness in the classroom and provides opportunities for them to mentor and share expertise with instructors across campus.
“I believe that in order to be an effective teacher one needs to constantly pursue professional development in both pedagogic literature and practice in the discipline,” said Jaroszewicz. Recently, she presented groundbreaking research on the application of Laban Movement Analysis-based methods as animation pedagogy at the Carnegie Academy, Lilly West Conference and the Society for Animation Studies. She also is offering a new course this spring, Programming 3D Animation Tools (ANIM 340).
She continues to develop her skills in the field by pursing professional projects. Her most recent film, the animated short El Botin (The Looting), which combined 3D computer animation and miniatures, was selected for the Women’s Independent Film Festival and won the following awards: Best Animation, Best Directing and Best Visuals. El Botin was inspired by the stories of the Mexican Revolutions she heard from her grandparents and parents.
Before joining Loyola Marymount University, Jaroszewicz was senior digital trainer at Sony Pictures Imageworks. “I hope to keep bringing my enthusiasm about animation to my students and share with them best practices in this field,” she says.