University welcomes newest members of NYU community

1. Nina Katchadourian, clinical assistant professor of Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Katchadourian is a visual artist and has exhibited her work for 25 years in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art PS1 and Palais de Tokyo. For the past seven years she was the viewing program curator at The Drawing Center in New York.

Katchadourian teaches sound art and will teach experimental drawing in spring semester. What drew her to Gallatin was its interdisciplinary approach to education, which she said mirrors her experience at Brown University and the University of California, San Diego, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Fine Arts, respectively. NYU appealed to her because of its size and wealth of resources, she added.

“It’s kind of like a giant squid,” Katchadourian said. “I’m trying to figure out what the tentacles are and where they go and what connects to what. But the fantastic thing is exactly that. It’s a huge place and there is so much to it.”

Eventually, Katchadourian hopes to teach classes on humor, family and experimental video. After years of heavy traveling, she is pleased to have a position that will allow her to remain in New York, both at her studio and among the NYU community.

2. Jennifer Zoble, master teacher of Liberal Studies Program

Zoble received her B.A. in theater studies from Wellesley College and her Masters of Science for Teachers from The New School. She served as New York Theatre Workshop’s first director of education before pursuing further study at the University of Iowa, where she earned Master of Fine Arts in nonfiction writing and literary translation.

She is co-editor of InTranslation, an online project of The Brooklyn Rail. She translates
Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian literature, which she started learning only four years ago, and hopes to teach a translation course at NYU in the future.

This year, Zoble is teaching Writing I and II in LSP. Her students produce formal essays in addition to personal observation and reflection-based writing exercises.

“Personal writing can be a reflective tool as students embark on their college careers,” Zoble said. “It’s an opportunity for them to think about how their experiences inside and outside of school have shaped their identities and views.”

Zoble is excited to be back in New York and use its cultural resources in her teaching.

“I consider myself very fortunate to have gotten a job in such a vibrant place,” Zoble said.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Oct. 1 print edition. Veronica Carchedi is a contributing writer. Email her at university@nyunews.com. 

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