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Meet Franklin College Faculty Member Jim Barnett

Jim BarnettName: Jim Barnett

Title: Lecturer of Art

Education: BFA Art Center of Design, Los Angeles

Years at Franklin College: 2

Campus and Community Involvement: Volunteer for Flashes of Hope; volunteer for Nexgeneracers; advisory board member for Walker Career Center at Warren Central High School; served as Boy Scout Master T-133; served as a coached and member of the Board of Directors for Washington Township Soccer Association, served on the Board of Directors for Indianapolis Soapbox Derby; served on the Board of Directors for Art Director’s Club of Indiana; served as President and on the Board of directors for American Society of Media Photographers


How does the liberal arts and sciences education at Franklin benefit students in the field of fine arts?

“The fine arts program at Franklin College prepares students to adapt well to the various job climates in the professional world. The professors in the program strive to offer their students multiple and varying opportunities to express themselves as individuals while giving them the tools that will serve them well in their careers.”

Is there anything that you think is particularly unique about teaching at Franklin as opposed to other schools?

“I have taught at two other higher learning institutions and I attended two different colleges when earning my degree. They were all commuter schools located in large cities and offered no residential accommodations. Franklin is quite the opposite. It is a small school with a lovely campus nestled in a small town. The current population of students is highly motivated to learn and are open to new creative ideas.”

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

“College is different from high school in many respects. Primarily, the high school student is lectured on nearly every detail of the curriculum. In college, students are expected to understand assigned reading and research separate of the classroom. Students in college are being prepared to investigate and do fact finding on subjects and processes on their own, which prepares them for what is expected of them in the workforce. Improving their time management is essential as well.”

If you could teach a college course in any other department, what would it be and why?

“I would teach history. Specifically, 20th century history. The old adage, those that don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

What is something students would be surprised to learn about you?

“My wife and I were house parents for juvenile offenders in the 1970s. We ran a group home for 10 boys between the ages of 11 and 17 in intercity Indianapolis.”

Describe your favorite aspect of the Franklin community.

“It is trite to say, but the Franklin community is very family-like. Everyone on campus is identified by name, not number.”

For more information about what a degree from Franklin College can do for you, contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 852-0232.


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