Chuck Egerton is an educator, photographer and Peace and Conflict Studies practitioner. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in drawing and painting, his Associate of Applied Science degree in Commercial Photography from Randolph Community College and his Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from UNCG. He worked for many years as a corporate photographer which took him on travels from Bermuda to Japan and most of the United States. Returning to Randolph Community College he taught photography for twenty five years, the last ten years as department head. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg expecting to defend his dissertation in early 2020.
Parallel to his career teaching photography he designed and directed arts-based photographic projects delving into racial and social justice and human identity. His art was reflected in his final Master’s project, an exhibit of seven giant portraits of veterans called Veterans Potential for Peace. His Ph.D. thesis is titled: Being and Becoming: A Photographic Inquiry with Bahá’í Men into Cultures of Peace. This project asked its participants to explore the masculinity most suited to peacebuilding and used a newly devised method of interview/portraiture called PhotoSophia. It produced an exhibit of eleven photographic portraits inscribed with the men’s thoughts on unlearning patriarchal masculinity and adopting a masculinity that is more feminist, humanistic, and reflective of their belief in the oneness and equality of humanity.
Chuck has written several book chapters and articles for PACS publications and has taught as a lecturer in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at UNCG since 2016.