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Emily Ott, M.A.

Adjunct Instructor of Art

Professor Emily Ott has been an adjunct instructor for the Humanities Division since 2014 and specializes in 18th century Italian prints of Giovanni Battista Piranesi. She enjoys finding the commonalities that reside within the wide variety of cultures present at WPU. Through the study of Arts and Society as well as the survey course, her classes discuss stories such as Gilgamesh, Ramayana, Beowulf, etc. and how these tales speak of honor, perseverance, and other basic human commonalities that still inform us today. “I think this, along with embracing our differences, makes this campus unique,” concludes Professor Ott.

When she teaches, Professor Ott focuses on bringing new technology, such as virtual reality techniques, into her lectures and she has found that group or team based projects have been very successful for her courses. With a large portion of students having participated on an athletic team at some point in their lives, they respond well and easily translate sport strategies in the classroom such as goal setting, reward-based tasks, delegation of authority, and many others.

Emily Ott is committed to the success of all of her students, as all the faculty at WPU are. “Every student matters. Every faculty member knows that. This is seen easily enough when we learn students’ names a week into the term. Or, when the carefully monitored attendance records indicate a student is losing momentum,” she says.

Outside of her teaching commitments, Professor Ott paints, embroiders, and sews.


  • B.F.A., Studio Arts, Iowa State University
  • M.A., Specialization in Art History, Northern Illinois University
  • Art
  • Art History
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