Ceramics professor Bill Goodman has mixed emotions about retiring from his 34-year teaching career, which culminated in six years spent teaching ceramics in the IWU Division of Art.
“As you think about completing a career and retiring, it’s really different than actually doing it,” he said. “I’m not looking forward to the last couple days ‘cause I think it’s going to be sad.”
Goodman also knows that God has other things in store for him and his wife, Cheryl. “We encourage our students, as they go into art, to potentially have their own studios,” he said, “and I’d like to try that myself.”
Goodman and his wife will move back to Minnesota, where they have family. There, Goodman will open a ceramics studio—creating, displaying and selling his work to the public.
A pivotal personality in the Indiana Wesleyan University Division of Art, Goodman has spent his time at IWU shaping the students he worked with. Josh Martin, IWU senior and ceramics major, has spent his four years working closely with Professor Goodman.
“Goodman has become a friend to me and I am extremely blessed to have him as my professor these four years,” Martin says.
Martin says that Goodman has influenced him both as an artist and as a Christian. “He has modeled for me an incredibly humble and servant’s attitude in his teaching and personal mentorship.”
Goodman has been pleased with the level of dedication students in the art department demonstrate, especially the students he has worked with in ceramics courses. He said, “The ones majoring in ceramics have really done a great job and really have taken it, I think, to another level in terms of their careers.”
One of Goodman’s former students, Justin Schortgen, is currently pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Iowa, where he also serves as a teaching assistant. “I’m pretty excited for him,” Goodman said, adding that his time at IWU has been rewarding.
At IWU, students in ceramics classes are exposed to all aspects of the discipline, from glaze chemistry to building kilns. In Goodman’s seven years at IWU, he has led students in constructing seven different kilns, including a couple permanent ones which stand today in a shed outside of Beard Arts Center.
The art program is housed in both Beard Arts Center and Center Hall. Combined, these facilities hold space for 13 studios, three Mac labs, two photography wet labs, a frame and wood shop with spray booth, two lighting studios, offices for art faculty members, a lecture hall and two large galleries. Students are most likely to find Goodman in Center Hall’s sculpture studios and Beard’s two ceramic studios.
IWU’s Division of Art has been labeled the largest art department of any school in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, with more than 276 students enrolled this past year.
As Goodman prepares to depart, a search committee, composed of art professors and faculty from two other departments, has been in the process of selecting another accomplished candidate to fill his position in IWU’s leading Division of Art.