Assistant Professor, Art Education (2008). BA Sc., 1991, University of Guelph, ON; MA, 1998, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto; PhD, 2006, York University, Toronto. Exhibitions: Kino Arsenal, Berlin; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, ON; Available Light, Ottawa, ON; Winnipeg Film Group; Images Festival, Toronto, ON. Awards: Ford Foundation; Canada Council for the Arts; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Publications: Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy; Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, Journal of the Moving Image.

Experience at SAIC

In 2008, I became an Assistant Professor in the Art Education Department and Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at SAIC. I came to SAIC by way of Toronto, Canada. Adjusting to life in a new and unfamiliar place brought many challenges, but I have come to love Chicago and consider it home. The students in Art Education at SAIC are fantastic, smart and passionate about the work that they do. They want to make something of the world that they have inherited, and I feel very privileged to be in a position to learn from them, and with them. I have also met many terrific colleagues through the Art Education Department and through my work on the Senate Diversity Committee and the Strategic Planning Diversity Action Group. In Fall 2013, I look forward to serving on Faculty Senate.

Personal Statement

My practice as an educator, researcher, curator and writer is interdisciplinary. My research interests include sexuality and the psychic life of conflict, film studies, adolescence, and the emotional situation of education. Since joining the faculty at SAIC in 2008, I have worked in collaboration with colleagues from universities in Canada and the U.S., and with schools and community based arts education organizations in Chicago and beyond. In my research and teaching, I seek to create contexts for public discussion about issues of sexuality education, civic engagement and social responsibility through the arts.

Current Interests

With the support of an SAIC EAGER Grant in 2012, I formed a partnership with a New-York based youth literacy and film organization (Scenarios USA, to conduct a one-year project entitled, "Youth Reframing the Landscape of Sexual Health Education: A Pilot Study of a Local School District". The goal of the project was to complete preliminary research and identify funding sources for a multi-year project in which the Scenarios USA ?What?s the Real Deal?? curriculum will be tested in 8-10 Chicago Public Schools. In March 2013, the project was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Moritz Family Foundation.

In Fall 2013, 36 teachers from 10 Chicago high schools across the city will participate in the 2013-14 REAL DEAL Chicago pilot. Chicago REAL DEAL teachers represent the social studies, art and English disciplines and will implement the REAL DEAL curriculum in these core classes and in freshman-transition support courses.

The question for the 2013-2014 pilot project is "What's the REAL DEAL about power and place?" Students in Chicago High Schools, along with students in high school classrooms in Cleveland and New York, will respond to this question by writing screenplays and making visual arts projects. For the first time, with support from SAIC, Scenarios USA will be accepting visual arts submissions into the annual What's the REAL DEAL? competition. The winning youth writer/artist will be mentored by an established film director to transform their submission into a short film.

In Fall 2013, I will teach a new SAIC Graduate seminar, ARTED 5106: Youth Media Action. In this class, graduate students from several SAIC departments (Art Education; Arts Administration and Policy Studies; Photography; Film, Video and New Media) will work in collaboration with teachers to create an interdisciplinary range of options for how students in participating CPS classrooms can creatively respond to the Scenarios USA curriculum.


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