Melissa MacLeod teaches literature and writing courses in UNCSA's Division of Liberal
Arts. She encourages a relaxed, non-judgmental environment, where students can talk
openly about their experiences. She draws their attention to how what they discuss
relates to them personally, which inspires them to make connections more readily. She
incorporates discussion of all of the arts—viewing, listening, or making it in the
classroom—while questioning the creative process, encouraging students to reflect
on themselves as artists and their processes.
An artist who understands the wider global community also understands their value
within it and will be able to defend their worth, moving forward with confidence and
increasing influence in and beyond the arts.