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NewsAug 6, 2020

Lesley Digital Filmmaking professor wins international teaching award

World’s largest organization of filmmaking educators honors Ingrid Stobbe for rigor, inclusivity and more

Ingrid Stobbe, an assistant professor of Digital Filmmaking and a board member of Women in Film and Video New England, is a 2020 recipient of the University Film and Video Association’s Award of Teaching Excellence.

Stobbe, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received the award for Junior Faculty member at the 2020 University Film and Video Association Conference on July 28.

“This is a particularly touching year to accept this award, as for obvious reasons many of us found ourselves adapting to a new way of educating and engaging with students,” Stobbe says. “To have worked that hard, as everyone at Lesley did, to try to maintain the degree of learning students experience face-to-face, and to have that work acknowledged by peers — it’s honestly a bit emotional.”

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Ingrid Stobbe

The annual conference gathers filmmaking professors from around the world. During the weeklong event, attendees participate in workshops, screen films, engage in panel discussions, and create shared spaces for evolving media pedagogy. The association is the world’s largest and longest-running organization of filmmaking educators, and members stem from all areas related to filmmaking.

In presenting Stobbe’s award, the selection committee recognized her “emphasis on rigor, thoroughness, thoughtfulness of materials and teaching philosophy, and work toward inclusive teaching and active learning.”

Stobbe is a 2012 MFA graduate of Emerson College, and joined Lesley University’s Digital Filmmaking program in the fall of 2019. She previously taught at William Paterson University as well as Seton Hall University. She is also an independent media artist and author whose multimedia work has been published, screened and exhibited internationally.

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Film still from "Train" by Ingrid Stobbe.

Her acclaimed works primarily center on avant-garde expressions, most recently including the short film “Orange,” which finishes a two-year festival run inclusive of international screenings as well as gallery installations. She is also an established writer and painter, with works published this year in Mantra Magazine, Soanyway Magazine, House & Garden, UK, The Glossary, International Encounters Traverse, and Palaver Journal.

Stobbe’s teaching philosophy extends beyond classroom skills, and she often speaks at various institutions on the changing media landscape, and creating professional development bridges for students within that sphere. Fittingly, she presented on “Building the Effective Professional Development Workshop for Students” at the conference, shortly prior to the awards ceremony.

Stobbe adds, “I’m super appreciative and really grateful to everyone at UFVA, at Lesley, and obviously my amazing students who make it so easy to have fun and explore new ways of making creative work.”