Full-Time Faculty

Douglas Boughton

Steven Ciampaglia

Kerry Freedman

Kryssi Staikidis

Richard Siegesmund

Shei-Chau Wang

Part-Time Staff

Judith Doebler

Dr. Freedman

Kerry Freedman

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison

Email: kfreedman@niu.edu
Phone: 815.753.7879
Office: Room 208

Research Interests: Dr. Freedman's research focuses on questions concerning the relationship of curriculum to art, culture, and technology. She has investigated social aspects of art education and promoted cultural understanding through her teaching, research, and writing. Recently, she has focused on student engagement with visual culture and issues surrounding curriculum change in light of postmodern educational conditions.

Publications & Editorials: Dr. Freedman is author of the book Teaching Visual Culture, and co-authored the books Postmodern Art Education: An Approach to Curriculum and Transforming Computer Technology. She edited the book Looking Back and co-edited Curriculum, Culture, and Art Education. In addition, she has published over 100 articles and book chapters on art, education, and technology and her work has been translated into multiple languages. Dr. Freedman has served on many editorial boards and is a past Senior Editor of Studies in Art Education, the research journal of the National Art Education Association.

Awards & Honors: Among her honors and awards are the Manual Barkan Memorial Award, the Leon Jackman Award (Australia), National Art Educator of the Year-Higher Education, and she is an NAEA Distinguished Fellow.


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Northern Illinois University Art + Design Education

Art + Design Education at Northern Illinois University is one of the leading programs of its kind in the world. Its research-focused faculty explores curriculum and learning outcomes related to visual culture, contemporary technology, assessment, indigenous studies, critical pedagogy, e-portfolio development, media studies and international educational teaching and research. Instruction focuses on meeting the myriad challenges of today's schools including student engagement with critical thinking, self-directed learning, Common Core, visual literacy, and STEAM.

NIU Art + Design Education students are committed to excelling as practitioners, scholars, and creative risk takers who build on their own strengths as they develop skills to advocate for art as essential to learning across diverse settings. Together, faculty and students work to improve educational practice, in both schools and communities, to produce visually literate children and adults.

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