Connie Bethards, Ph.D. (University of Northern Colorado)
Connie Bethards specializes in philosophical approaches, methods and materials for providing art making experiences to individuals who have disabilities. She also researches “inclusion” practices in public schools. Bethards leads the Art Education Program in which she teaches many of the art education courses and supervises student teachers. Her studio work is in drawing, painting and metalworking. She recently received the Colorado Art Educator of the Year award.
Carolina Blatt-Gross, Ph.D. (Georgia Gwinnett College)
Carolina Blatt-Gross is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, 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 and The Journal for Learning Through the Arts, her research addresses art and cognition, social learning and an evolutionary perspective on the arts.
Victoria Grube, Ph.D. (Appalachian State University)
Vicky Grube, Assistant Professor of Art, received her M Ed from the University of Illinois, her MFA in Theatre Arts and her PhD in Art Education from the University of Iowa. She has taught painting, theatre design, art education and early childhood education at the University of Iowa and surrounding colleges in the midwest. She has a national and a regional NEA in the Visual Arts , has shown her work throughout the midwest notably at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha and won Best of Show at the Nelson Atkins and at the Des Moines Art Center where her work is in their permanent collection.
She has designed sets and costumes for University of Iowa theater productions working with Rinde Eckert and Ducks Breath Mystery Theatre, Leon Martell. In 1988 she received a Diverse Visions Grant from the Mc Knight Foundation of Minnesota for her theatre troupe Pinkys Custom Cakes. Pinkys has performed at the University of Iowa Museum of Art and at the Catherine Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota. Her doctoral research concerns critical theory and ethnographic methodology. She has published in Visual Arts Research.
Ren Hullender, Ph.D. (Central Michigan University)
Ren Hullender is an assistant professor of art education at Central Michigan University, having received a Ph.D. from The University of Georgia in 2010. 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.
Amy Pfeiler-Wunder, Ph.D. (Kutztown University)
Amy Pfeiler-Wunder is an assistant professor at Kutztown University, in Kutztown PA where she works with undergraduate and graduate students in the Art Education and Crafts Department. She received her masters and PhD from the University of Iowa in Art Education and Teaching and Learning. While pursuing her masters and PhD she stayed active in the public schools, working with pre-K-9th grade students in various settings for thirteen years. Currently, she works as the advisor with the National Art Education Association Student Chapter Presidential Team. Her research examines how the art curriculum unfolds and is interpreted through the lens of socioeconomic status. She presents at local and national conferences and has begun presenting professional development workshops. She works closely with Dr. Marilyn Stewart with the Dinner Party Institute which focuses on feminist pedagogy. She is currently conducting a joint research project with a Kutztown University graduate student. In her spare time, she creates artist books.
Karin Tollefson-Hall, Ph.D. (James Madison University)
Kevin Tavin , Ph.D. (The Ohio State University)
Kevin Tavin holds a BFA, from Maryland Institute, College of Art and a Ph.D. from Penn State in art education. He has taught K-12 and post-secondary courses since 1990. Kevin is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Art Education at The Ohio State University. His research focuses on visual culture, critical pedagogy, psychoanalytic theory, and art education. His work has been published in numerous national and international art and education journals and books, and presented as keynote and research papers across the globe. Kevin is a co-editor, with Christine Ballengee-Morris, of the book, Stand(ing) up, for a Change: Voices of arts educators, published by NAEA.
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, as well as supervising student teachers.
Dr. Weed’s work is in the areas of art and autism, and she currently serves as a visual arts consultant for a regional autism center. 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. Previously, she taught elementary art.
Jessie Whitehead, Ph.D. (Southern Connecticut State University)
Dr. Jessie Whitehead is an Associate Professor of Art Education in the Art Department at Southern Connecticut State University. Her research interests include multicultural artists and the work of women artists. She is a member of the National Art Education Association and has participated in several national and international conferences. She was previously a professor of printmaking at Alabama State University before returning to school to earn at Ph.D. Professor Whitehead is a working artist and also an esteemed scholar writing for publications such as The Journal of Art Education and Studies in Art Education.