FACULTY AND STAFF: Faculty Profiles
“The strength of Chester College of New England is in its dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and creative research. As the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services, I feel privileged to be working with this unique and talented, diverse group.”
Laura Ives joined Chester College in the fall of 2007. Her diverse career, covering thirty-five years, includes the practice of art (sculpture and sculpture installations), teaching, developing educational opportunities for art at the secondary and tertiary levels in Botswana and the United States, and initiating non-formal art education in India. Her professional work oversees for fifteen years centered on curriculum and administration in art as well as humanitarian aid in Botswana and India. She wrote the teachers’ guide, Art: A Curriculum for the Junior Secondary Schools of Botswana, a 369-page book published by Macmillan Botswana CO. Her current research interest continues to focus on the arts of India and Botswana. Work in progress includes ongoing research on the Warli tribe, the folk artists of India, and on the art of Southern Africa. She is gathering information required to write her second book on the influence of the arts on Botswana’s culture. Her initial observations indicate that the transformation brought about by the incorporation of art into the secondary schools within Botswana has had a significant positive impact on the young people of Botswana. When completed, the book should serve as a testament to what can be done with receptive students and art education with targeted administrative support and direction.