Rachel Marie-Crane Williams, Ph.D. (University of Iowa)
Dr. Rachel Marie-Crane Williams an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa. She has a joint appointment between the School of Art and Art History and Gender Women's and Sexuality Studies. Her work as a researcher and creative scholar has always been focused on women’s issues, community, art, and people who are incarcerated. She earned a BFA in Painting and Drawing from East Carolina University and an MFA (Studio Art) and a Ph.D.(Art Education) from Florida State University. Professor Williams teaches courses about comics and sequential art, women's studies, intermedia, feminist research methods, and civic engagement. Her work can be explored at http://www.rachelwilliams.squarespace.com
Wendy S. Miller, Ph.D. (University of Northern Iowa)
Dr. Wendy S. Miller is an Assistant Professor, and the head of the undergraduate Art Education Department at the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa’s largest art education program. She teaches undergraduate and graduate art education courses and her research focuses on arts-based service learning. Miller has created banners and zines with children in response to the Declaration of Human Rights, installed Little Free Libraries through urban communities to advocate for literacy, and created an interactive art exhibit to educate the community on teen homelessness. Miller is a three-time graduate of the University of Iowa, receiving her BFA in Painting, her MA (Art Education), and her Ph.D (Art Education).
Islam Aly, MA, MFA (University of Northern Iowa)
Assistant Professor, Art Education Department at the University of Northern Iowa. He received a BA and an MA in Art Education from Helwan University, Egypt. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the College of Education’s Art Education program at the University of Iowa. He uses art informed research to explore the potentials of book arts in art education. In August 2013 he finished the MFA program at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. His books explore the possibilities of historical bindings in contemporary book art practice. They have appeared in international exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and in private and public collections including the New York Public Library, Haas Arts Library at Yale University, Kimbrough Library at Ringling School of Art and Design, the University of Iowa Special Collections, and Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Carolina Blatt-Gross, Ph.D. (Georgia Gwinnett College)
Carolina Blatt-Gross serves as Assistant Professor of Art at Georgia Gwinnett College outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Juniata College, a Master of Arts degree in Art History from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a Ph.D. in Art Education from the University of Georgia. Appearing in publications such as Studies in Art Education, The International Journal of Education and the Arts and The Journal for Learning Through the Arts, her research addresses art and cognition, social learning and an evolutionary perspective on the arts. Her current projects explore collaborative public artmaking and have been presented at national and international conferences such as the American Educational Research Association, National Art Education Association and the International Journal of Art and Design Education.
Victoria Grube, Ph.D. (Appalachian State University)
Vicky Grube is an associate professor in art education at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. She has published qualitatively based articles on memory affecting identity, self story, Room 13, recognizing the child as creator of culture, and early childhood art making. Grube uses the graphic novel format to create self narratives about the struggle of living a life. She has traveled internationally to observe Room 13 art programs and has built a thriving such program in Boone, North Carolina.
Ren Hullender, Ph.D. (Central Michigan University)
Ren Hullender is an assistant professor of art education at Central Michigan University. Ren uses arts-based research methodologies to explore the complex metaphors by which understanding, meaning, and possibility are constructed. His educational research focuses on the embodied cognitive dynamics of art-making and the use of art-making and play as pedagogical strategies in diverse learning environments such as service-learning, STEM education, and selfie publication.
Amy Pfeiler-Wunder, Ph.D. (Kutztown University)
Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder is an Associate Professor of Art Education at Kutztown University and co-chair of the art education graduate program. She received her doctorate in teaching and learning-art from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining higher education she taught for thirteen years with pre-K-9th graders in various settings.
Currently, she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses along with a Women in the Arts course to non-majors. She presents extensively at regional, state national, and international conferences. She is also active in the National Art Education Association as the current chair of the Professional Learning through Research group under the Research Commission. She serves on the editorial board of the Art Education Journal. From 2010-2014 she was the advisor to national Student Leadership team of NAEA. Her research examines the impact of intersectionality on one’s professional identity with keen attention to gender and socioeconomic status coupled with discussions on theory to practice between higher education and K-12 art educators. .
Karin Tollefson-Hall, Ph.D. (James Madison University)
Dr. Karin Tollefson-Hall is associate professor, Art Education Graduate Program Director, and Director of Summer Art at James Madison University. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in art education. Dr. Tollefson-Hall’s teaching and research interests focus on school improvement, educational philosophy, scholarship of teaching and learning, diverse pedagogies, and teaching practice. Her research has documented art instruction and educational philosophy at various alternative school settings including, homeschooling, Waldorf schools, parochial schools of several denominations and a transcendental meditation school. Other areas of specialization include qualitative research methods and book arts. Dr. Tollefson-Hall is fluent in Spanish and was selected to be the JMU Faculty Member in Residence in Salamanca, Spain in the fall of 2013 by the Office of International Programs. She has also been selected to serve as a Madison Teaching Fellow and a Madison Research Fellow from 2011-2014.
Kevin Tavin , Ph.D. (The Ohio State University)
Kevin Tavin is Professor of International Art Education at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. He holds a BFA, MEd and Ph.D. in art education. Tavin's research and teaching focuses on visual culture, critical pedagogy, curriculum studies, psychoanalytic theory, and Nordic and US art education. His work is published widely in international journals and books.
Rahila Weed, Ph.D. (University of Central Missouri)
Dr. Rahila Weed is currently Associate Professor and Program Director of Art Education at the University of Central Missouri. She received her Ph.D. and her M.A. from the University of Iowa. Dr. Weed teaches art education and foundational art history courses, bookbinding, and supervises student teachers. Dr. Weed’s work is in the areas of art and autism. She has one monograph, Art and Autism (2009, ISBN 9783639197198), in print, and has published several articles on art and autism. In addition, she is an active member of the Missouri Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association, participating and presenting each year in state and national conferences and serving as an elected member of the state council. More recently, she has published in the area of co-teaching as a model for student teaching.