One of the primary reasons Penn State is recognized around the globe as a distinguished university is the sterling caliber of its faculty. As a World Campus student, you will enjoy the opportunity to learn from the same instructors who teach traditional face-to-face classes on Penn State's twenty-four campuses across Pennsylvania. In addition, there is a provision in the MPS program for directed research, collaboration, and in-depth consultation by students with members of the art education faculty.
The MPS in art education is designed and taught by some of the finest art education instructors in the United States.
B. Stephen Carpenter II, Ph.D.
B. Stephen Carpenter II is professor of art education. He is author/co-author of numerous scholarly articles that have appeared in journals such as Art Education, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Computers in the Schools, Educational Leadership, Journal of Aesthetic Education, The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, Journal of Curriculum & Pedagogy, Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, Journal of Visual Literacy, Studies in Art Education, and Visual Arts Research. He has also authored/co-authored numerous book chapters in art education, visual culture, and curriculum theory. In addition, he is co-author of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching Art in High School (2006), and co-editor of Curriculum for a Progressive, Provocative, Poetic, and Public Pedagogy (2006).
Dr. Carpenter's mixed media installations and performance artworks have been exhibited in regional, national, and international exhibitions. He was editor of Art Education, the journal of the National Art Education Association (2004–06) and is co-editor of the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy (2010). His funded projects include the Texas Governor's School in Arts and Humanities for Urban Leadership; the Ensemble Computing Portal; the TAMU Water Project; and the Glasscock Island Digital Humanities and Visual Culture Education and Research Island in Second Life Project. Dr. Carpenter holds an MFA in visual art from Slippery Rock University and an M.Ed. and Ph.D. in art education from Penn State. He has held faculty positions at Texas A&M University (2005–10), Virginia Commonwealth University (2002–04), and Old Dominion University (1995–2001).
Karen Keifer-Boyd, Ph.D.
Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd, professor of art education, affiliate professor of women's studies at Penn State, and lead faculty in the MPS program, is an invited member of the Chi chapter of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars in recognition of leadership in the area of technology and art education. She is co-author of InCITE, InSIGHT, InSITE (2007) and Engaging Visual Culture (2007), and co-editor of Real-World Readings in Art Education: Things Your Professors Never Told You (2000). Currently, she is co-authoring Including Difference: A Communitarian Approach in Art Education to the “Least Restrictive Environment” Law to be published in 2011 from NAEA. She also served as editor of The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, as guest editor for Visual Arts Research, and is co-editor of Visual Culture and Gender.
D. Keifer-Boyd's research on feminist pedagogy, visual culture, cyberNet activism art pedagogy, action research, inclusion, and identity speculative fiction has been published in more than 45 peer-reviewed research publications and translated into several languages. She has presented at more than 50 international and national conferences, and at several universities in South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Austria, and Finland. She has been honored with leadership and teaching awards, including a 2006 Fulbright Lecture and Research Award in Finland at the University of Art and Design from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, and a 2009 Fulbright teaching position at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt in Gender Studies. Dr. Keifer-Boyd received the Arts Administrator of the Year National Art Education Award for the Pacific Region in 1994, the Texas Outstanding Art Educator in Higher Education Award in 2001, and the NAEA Women's Caucus Kathy Connors Teaching Award in 2005. She is president-elect of the National Art Education Women's Caucus (NAEA WC), and will serve as NAEA WC president from 2010 until 2012.
Wanda B. Knight, Ph.D.
Dr. Wanda Knight is associate professor of art education. She has taught all grade levels of the K–12 spectrum in various regions of the United States, including rural, suburban, and urban communities, as well as overseas, and served as registrar and assistant curator at the Albany Museum of Art in Albany, Georgia. As a former principal and recipient of an Annenberg Transforming Education Through the Arts Challenge Grant — used to implement an arts-focused curriculum — Dr. Knight led various educational public school initiatives designed to provide fair, ethical, and inclusive learning environments that foster creative and critical thinking.
Her teaching, academic, and research explorations in visual culture, cultural studies, and pedagogies of difference (i.e., class, gender, race, ability) mirror her pragmatic experience and quest for equity and social justice. Dr. Knight is president-elect of the United States Society for Education in the Arts (USSEA) and a past chair of NAEA's Committee on Multi-Ethnic Concerns. Dr. Knight also serves on the editorial review boards of The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, Visual Culture and Gender, and The Journal of Multicultural and Cross Cultural Research in Art Education. She has also served as editor of The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, published manuscripts, book chapters, and reviews in leading scholarly journals, and presented numerous papers at local, state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Knight's achievements in art/education have been recognized through various awards including the Eugene Grigsby Award for outstanding contribution to the field of art education, the Kenneth Marantz Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University, and Who's Who in American Education.
Graeme Sullivan, Ph.D.
Graeme Sullivan is director of the Penn State School of Visual Arts and professor of art education. His particular scholarly interest involves exploring the critical-reflexive thinking and forming processes of inquiry used in visual arts so as to enhance the importance of studio-based research in universities and art schools. He has described his ideas in his book Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in the Visual Arts (2005), which underwent a major update and revision in a new edition published in 2010 as featured on the Art Practice as Research website.
Dr. Sullivan received the 1990 Manuel Barkan Memorial Award from the National Art Education Association for scholarly writing and was the recipient of the 2007 Lowenfeld Award for significant contribution to the field of art education. He is also the author of Seeing Australia: Views of Artists and Artwriters (1994). His record of professional service includes editor positions with Studies in Art Education and Australian Art Education, and as editorial board member and consultant to the International Journal of Art & Design Education (UK), International Journal of Education and the Arts, and Studies in Material Thinking. He maintains an active art practice and his Streetworks have been installed in several international cities and sites over the past fifteen years.
Aaron D. Knochel, Ph.D
Aaron Knochel is Assistant Professor of Art Education in the Penn State School of Visual Arts and an Embedded Researcher at the Art & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) in the College of Arts & Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University. He has presented his research at a range of national and international conferences including the National Art Education Association National Convention and at the International Society for Education through Art World Congress most recently in Daegu, South Korea. Knochel was chosen as a 2011 Digital Media and Learning Summer Research Institute Fellow funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Knochel's research focuses on the intersections between art education, social theory, and media studies. From community-based media production to participatory do-it-yourself digital fabrication, his interests follow the complexities of civic engagement both through art and design and through network connectivity. Recent grant funded research projects include a National Science Foundation Eager Maker grant for M.A.K.E. 3D (NSF award #1623494) a deployable makerspaces exploring interdisciplinary making and 3D printing technologies and a Penn State Philadelphia Center Seeding Change grant focused on designing public monuments through participatory action research and co-design social practices. Publications include articles in Studies in Art Education, Visual Arts Research, The International Journal of Education through Art, and Kairos. Generally, he tries to live up to his @artisteducator twitter bio: artist-teacher-visual culture researcher-digital media flaneur-novice hacker and pixel stacker.
Christopher Schulte, Ph.D
Christopher Schulte is Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator of Art Education in the School of Visual Arts at Penn State University. He is also an Innovator in Residence with the College of Arts and Architecture's Center for Pedagogy in Arts and Design. Schulte earned his BA and MA in Art Education from the University of Northern Iowa (2004, 2006) and his Ph.D. in Art Education from Penn State University (2012). Prior to joining the Art Education faculty at Penn State, Schulte held faculty appointments at the University of Northern Iowa (2006-2009, 2014-2015) and the University of Georgia (2012-2014), where he served as Co-Chair and Graduate Coordinator, as well as affiliate faculty with UGA's Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies program. Schulte's research has appeared in handbooks and other edited volumes, as well as national and international journals in art education, early childhood studies, and qualitative studies. He is the editor of Ethics and Research With Young Children: 'New' Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2019) and co-editor with Christine Marmé Thompson of Communities of Practice: Art, Play, and Aesthetics in Early Childhood (Springer, 2018). Schulte is also editor of the International Journal of Education & the Arts, former chairperson of the Seminar for Research in Art Education (SRAE), and currently serves as a standing and guest reviewer for several journals, including Studies in Art Education, Visual Arts Research, Bank Street Occasional Papers, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, and the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.