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In this article, we seek to understand how faculty door displays can evolve into an elevated form of self expression rather than mundane decoration. Other research on this topic has linked the decoration of faculty doors to theories of personalization: the need to mark the territory as belonging to the owner and as a symbol of commitment to an institution. Our discussion, however, focuses less on the personal and more on the use of the door as a means of positioning oneself within the department, institution, and discipline. We find that faculty door displays encompass more than just matters of personal style but also touch on the larger concerns that the professor wishes to communicate to the academic public.


Gasman, M. & Epstein, E. (2003). Doorways to the academy: Visual self-expression among faculty members in academic departments. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 4(8).

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Date Posted: 18 October 2012

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