Faculty Profiles

Dr. Kathy Tidman
School of Visual Communication

Phone: +44 (0) 207 467 5619

Email: ktidman@aiulondon.ac.uk

Meet Dr. Kathy Tidman: Art Can Be for Everyone

Degrees:

  • Ph.D., History of Art, University of Reading, 1982
  • M.A., History of Art, University College London, 1975
  • B.A., History of Art, University of Southern California, 1973

In the Classroom:

Survey of Art History I and II, Nineteenth Century Art

Out of the Classroom:

To support herself while earning her Ph.D., Prof. Tidman worked as a Red Cross-certified lifeguard and swimming instructor.

Dr. Kathy Tidman can talk about the art esoteric (she wrote the introductory chapter of a book on the subject) or printing history (she published her Ph.D. thesis on that) but she still enjoys the basics. In fact, Dr. Tidman has been introducing AIU London students to the basics since 1981. "I love meeting new students who are curious about art and then introducing them to the world of art."

I studied abroad myself and get a lot of study abroad students in my classes. I think the experience of coming here is very beneficial for them. When you get to know about cultural differences, you can understand more about your own life and values. I don't think you can ever get tired of traveling. - Dr. Kathy Tidman
Dr. Tidman didn't start out wanting to be a teacher, however. In fact, she thought she would never want to teach. "I have so many teachers in my family, I thought I'd never want to enter that profession. I began doing some part-time teaching while finishing my Ph.D., however, and loved it." Not only does Dr. Tidman love teaching but she also counts her long teaching career—almost 30 years—as what she is most proud of in her professional life. "I am proud of the fact I have been teaching for so long and also that I still enjoy it very much."

She hopes her enjoyment of and excitement over the subject matter is passed on to her students. "I always tell students about myself—where I've traveled, which exhibitions I've seen over the weekend, and other things. It attracts their attention and can make the subject matter more interesting and real, and they listen."

Just as she brings the outside world into her classes, Dr. Tidman says one of the things that makes AIU London's curriculum compare very well to that of other universities are its efforts to take advantage of the world outside the classroom. "AIU London is in London, after all, and we offer several courses that take advantage of and teach students about this location: History of London, Survey of British Museums, Literary London, Social Issues in Modern Britain."

An avid traveler, Dr. Tidman believes seeing and experiencing different cultures is important both for the study of art and to have a better sense of the world. "I studied abroad myself (an American, Dr. Tidman got her Master's degree and Ph.D. in England and then ended up staying and has studied French at the University of Paris) and get a lot of study abroad students in my classes. I think the experience of coming here is very beneficial for them. When you get to know about cultural differences, you can understand more about your own life and values. I don't think you can ever get tired of traveling."

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