Bio

Associate Professor, Art Education (2008). BA Sc., 1991, University of Guelph, ON; MA, 1998, University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education; PhD, 2006, York University, Canada. Exhibitions: Gallery TPW, Toronto; Kino Arsenal, Berlin; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, ON; Available Light, Ottawa, ON; Winnipeg Film Group; Images Festival, Toronto, ON. Awards: SAIC Eager Grant; Ford Foundation; Canada Council for the Arts; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Publications: Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education; Journal of Social Theory in Art Education; Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy; Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies; Journal of the Moving Image. Editorial Boards: PUBLIC: Art, Culture, Research. Fellowships: Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis; Psychoanalytic Research Training Program, Child Study Center, Yale University.


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 (2008-2015). 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 with and from them. I have also met many terrific colleagues through the Art Education Department and through my work on the Senate Diversity Strategic Planning Committee and the Strategic Planning Diversity Action Group. In Fall 2016, I look forward to serving on Faculty Senate and the SAIC School Climate Committee.


Personal Statement

My research interests include sexuality and film, teacher education, curriculum and collaboration, and schooling as a space of emotional struggle. Since my appointment as a faculty member 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 New York. From 2008-2011, I collaborated with two colleagues on a $260,000 Ford Foundation funded research project to investigate the emotional, cultural and social contexts in which adolescents cultivate informed, resilient and critical understandings of their sexuality. I curated a program of films for focus group screenings with youth and educators, gathered data and published scholarly papers in the journals Teachers College Record (2011), Sexuality, Research and Social Policy (2011) and Sex Education, Society and Learning (2010). In 2012, I received one of ten institution-wide SAIC faculty research grants to develop an ongoing partnership and project with the NYC-based youth film, literacy and sexuality education organization Scenarios USA. Recent publications on art education, art teacher preparation and youth media include The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education (JCRAE) and The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education (JSTAE).


Current Interests

At SAIC, I teach courses in curriculum theory and the arts, human development and diversity in education, fieldwork and apprentice teaching. My research interests include sexuality and film, teacher education, curriculum and collaboration, and schooling as a space of emotional struggle.

 

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