Michelle Pacansky-Brock

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Associate Faculty

Mt. San Jacinto College

A little about me...


I earned my B.A. in Art with an emphasis in Photography from San Jose State in 1994. After graduation, I took a 6-week backpacking trip through Europe and found myself standing in a narrow corridor in the Uffizi Museum in Florence, Italy with an indescribable feeling. At that very moment, I knew I had not completed my study of art. The next year, I received a fellowship to pursue my Master's in the History of Art at the University of California, Riverside. My focus area became the History of Photography and I was very fortunate to also intern at the UCR/CA Museum of Photography in Riverside, a magical place. In 2015, earned my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Management.


My formalized education experiences, however, are just a small part of my journey, however. My professional career has changed dramatically, as I remain committed to following my heart to find roles that fulfill me and allow me to contribute my talents in meaningful ways. I have been a full-time art history instructor at a community college, a part-time instructor at a community college, a consultant for high-tech and educational technology companies, an faculty development specialist, an online community coordinator, and a teaching and learning innovation specialist (my current role at CSU Channel Islands).


In short, I am a passionate educator and am grateful to be alive at this incredible moment in history. I believe there are endless ways for educators to leverage technology to make learning more accessible and meaningful for the diverse learners in higher education.


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My Online Class

Offers a comprehensive exploration of the historical progression of fixing a still image, that is to say writing with light. This course starts in ancient times with naturally occurring images, and moves through advances in options and chemical processes. It then moves through the prolific period of traditional Black and White photography and then covers the birth and advancement of the didital light sensor and its possibilities of the future.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C
  • Transfers to CSU Only


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Welcome to the
History of Still Photography

“The camera is an instrument
that teaches people how to see
without a camera.”
― Dorothea Lange

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