Douglas G. Boughton B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.

Professor of Art and Education, Northern Illinois University and Head of the Division of Art and Design Education

Research Interests: Assessment, Curriculum, Risk Taking and the Creative Process, International Issues in Art and Design Education


Dr. Boughton’s has served in significant international leadership roles as World President of InSEA (International Society for Education through Art), Chief Examiner Visual Arts for the International Baccalaureate Organization, and Director of the School of Art and Design at Northern Illinois University. He was Foundation Director of the National Art Education Research Council of the Australian Institute of Art Education, and Consulting Professor in Art Education to the Institute of Education in Hong Kong. He is a member of the Council for Policy Studies in Art Education (USA), is Chair of the Distinguished Fellows of the NAEA, an honorary life member of the Australian Institute of Art Education (now Art Education Australia) and the South Australian Visual Arts Education Association. He has won the NAEA Higher Educator of the Year Award (2017) and the Illinois Higher Educator of the Year (2015). In 1997 he won the Studies in Art Education Invited Lecture Award for consistent contributions through published literature to the direction and scope of the profession, in 2006 he won the USSEA Edwin Ziegfeld Award for his outstanding contribution to international art education.

Dr. Boughton has published in excess of a hundred articles and book chapters, a monograph, and three co-edited books on the topics of art education curriculum policy, assessment, and multiculturalism (including books and articles published in Chinese, Hungarian, Korean, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Greek, and Slovenian languages). He has given keynote addresses and invited lectures in twenty-five countries throughout Europe, Asia, South America, North America, South East Asia and the Pacific regions.



Images: Douglas Boughton during the Signature of the Joint Declaration / InSEA; ISME; IDEA, Portugal, Viseu, March 2006 during the 2006 world InSEA congress, (Left to Right Diederik Shonau -InSEA; Gary McPierson-ISME; Dan Baron-Cohen-IDEA and Doug Boughton-InSEA); Douglas Boughton with Anne Kuo  and  Kit Grauer ; Kinichi Fukomoto and Diederik Schonau ( in the background)  during the InSEA world Congress in Osaka, 2008