Region: North America
Please describe your views about InSEA and in which ways do you want to contribute to InSEA
I am committed to the development of collegial communications across various constituencies to raise awareness of contemporary art education practices and philosophies. In this, individual and group voice are of paramount importance to the continued development of meaningful and substantial educational experiences for all learners from all abilities, genders, sexuality, ethnicities, cultures, socio-economics, geographic locations, and spiritual backgrounds. This commitment is parallel to the responsibilities I accept as a member of the Executive Board of The United States Society for Education through Art (USSEA). I have had the pleasure to work closely with the National Art Education Association (NAEA-USA) Executive Director, Deborah Reeves to develop and strengthen international potentials.
In the past two-years, these responsibilities have overlapped and strengthened the weave art education experiences for students, faculty, and communities. As an InSEA Vice-President, I have been actively involved in affairs related to art education globally to strengthen communication between InSEA regions and the World Council; be an ambassador for InSEA in the North American region and beyond; encourage arts educators to submit articles for InSEA publications; encourage North American membership in InSEA; and, encourage regional conferences/meetings to identify and strengthen art education practices to benefit local communities. As a current Vice-President, I chair the committee for Research and Praxis and am a member of the Publication Committee. I have presented at: The 2016 Society for Art Education of Korea (SEAK) International Conference. Seoul, South Korea; The International School, Agra, India; The 35th InSEA World Congress Daegu, South Korea; The Third African and Middle East InSEA Regional Congress and The Second AmeSea International Conference, Cairo, Egypt; and will present at: El Cartografias de la Educacion Artistica y la Multiculturalidad Visual, InSEA Congreso Regional, Santiago, Chile; The Society for Arts Education in Namibia (SAEN) and The International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) in Walvis Bay, Namibia; and, The InSEA Asia Regional Congress, Hong Kong, and 7th World Chinese Art Education Symposium.
I ask for your support to continue with these initiatives as a Vice-President.
1999 PhD Art Education, Florida State University
1987 Master of Art in Teaching, Florida Atlantic University
1974 Bachelor of Fine Art, Florida Atlantic University
Currently at Missouri State University, 2012 – Full Professor, 2007 – Associate Professor, 1999 – Assistant Professor Coordinator of Art Education, 2015 - 2013 Provost Fellow for Diversity, 2014 - 2012 Coordinator of Foundation Studies
In-press – Author with Cohee-Manifold, M. and Zimmerman, E. Frameworks for Teaching about Culturally Sensitive Art Education in a Global World based on an NAEA Handbook for Teachers in Learning Through Art, a chapter in Lessons for the 21st Century. Intellect Publishers. Peer-reviewed.
Reviewer - Härkönen, E., Huhmarniemi, M., & Jokela, T. Crafted Sustainability: Handcraft in Contemporary 2 Art and Cultural Sustainability in the Finnish Lapland. Published in Sustainability 2018, 10(6), 1907; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10061907 (ISSN 2071-1050; CODEN: SUSTDE) is an international, cross-disciplinary, scholarly and open access journal of environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings. Sustainability provides an advanced forum for studies related to sustainability and sustainable development and is published monthly online by MDPI.
Presenter – Research journaling strategies for discovering artistic identity aligned with Global Consciousness through the Arts. Springfield Public School secondary art teachers’ professional development.
Author - Indigenous Knowledge: Its Role in Education a chapter in African Science Education: Gendering Indigenous Knowledge in Nigerian. (Ed. Abidogun, J.), Routledge African Studies Series. Peer-reviewed.
Author with Richards, A. Global Consciousness through the Arts: A Passport for Students and Teachers. Des Moines, IA: Kendall-Hunt Publishers.
Presenter - The Intersectionality of Understanding Otherness at the Third African and Middle East InSEA Regional Congress and The Second AmeSea International Conference, Cairo, Egypt. April 1-3, 2018. Invited.
Keynote at El Cartografias de la Educacion Artistica y la Multiculturalidad Visual, InSEA Congreso Regional, Santiago, Chile. July 25-27. Invited.
Presenter – Internationalizing Art Education with Bastos & Hutzel. National Art Education Association Conference, Seattle, WA. 22 March. Peer-reviewed.
Member – Council for Policy Studies in Art Education. National Art Education Association Conference, Seattle, WA. 21 March. Invited. Elected. 2015
Presenter - Research journaling strategies for discovering artistic identity aligned with International Citizenship through the Arts with Anderson, Richards, & Kelly. National Art Education Association Conference, Seattle, WA. 22 March. Peer-reviewed.
Presenter - Mapping and Redressing ‘Culture’ in Art Education and Research with Lim, Shin, Beaumont, Benzer, & Richards. National Art Education Association Conference, Seattle, WA. 24 March. Peer reviewed
Presenter - Conceptual Frameworks for Culturally Sensitive Research and Teaching in a Global World with Cohee-Manifold, M. & Zimmerman, E. National Art Education Association Conference, Seattle, WA. 24 March. Peer reviewed.
Presenter - USSEA Executive Board Meeting with Benzer & Richards. National Art Education Association National Conference in Seattle, WA. 23 March. Invited
Presenter - USSEA Business Meeting with Benzer & Richards. National Art Education Association National Conference in Seattle, WA. 24 March. Invited
Recipient – The United States Society for Education through Art’s Kenneth Marantz Fellows Award. Awarded at the National Art Education Association Conference in Seattle.
Artist – Roll Call, an international exhibition concerning immigration and migration. The Cabot Gallery at Brick City. Curators: Silvia Hardy (Los Angeles) and Alina Enggist (New York City)
Presenter - Multiple intersections of first-person understanding of Otherness by pre-service art educators. The 35th InSEA World Congress entitled " Spirit ∞ Art ∞ Digital”. August 8. Peer-reviewed.
Presenter – Teaching in a Diverse Classroom with Richards. The International School, Agra, India. Invited.
Author - A Tapestry of Individuality: Weaving Complexion, Identity and Authority. A chapter in K. Staikidis & C. Ballengee-Morris (Eds.), Transforming Our Practices: Indigenous Art, Pedagogies, and Philosophies. 169-176. The book is published by the National Art Education Association. Peer-reviewed.
Artist – Images included in Manifold, M. C. (in Press). Art themes: Choices in art learning and making. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. Invited
Presenter – International Connections and Global Initiatives for Change: Possibilities for Participation in InSEA with Hutzel, Manifold, Irwin and Blakie. National Art Education Association National Conference in New York, NY, March 3. Peer reviewed.
Presenter - USSEA Executive Board Meeting with Wexler and Benzer. National Art Education Association National Conference in New York, NY, March 2. Invited
Presenter - The USSEA Edwin Ziegfeld and Marantz Award with Wexler and Benzer. National Art Education Association National Conference in New York, NY, March 3. Invited
Presenter - USSEA Business Meeting with Wexler, Benzer and Richards. National Art Education Association National Conference in New York, NY, March 4. Invited
Presenter – Understanding Otherness with Preservice Art Education Learners with Wexler. National Art Education Association National Conference in New York, NY, March 3. Peer reviewed.
Presenter - A Study of non-Native Cultural Immersion at the Acoma Pueblo with Kendra Efker, Olivia Libby, Sydney Messerli, Erin O’Sullivan & Sarah Stracke. National Art Education Association National Conference in New York, NY, March 4. Peer reviewed.
Recipient - Distinguished Fellow. The National Art Education Association. Elected.
Member - Council for Policy Studies in Art Education, the National Art Education Association. Elected. 2015
web page: www.stevewillis.org
Steve Willis taught art in public schools for 23 years prior to joining the faculty at Missouri State University in Springfield, where he is Professor and Coordinator of undergraduate and graduate Art Education. His research interests are in indigenous knowledge, issues of equity, Native American practices, tribal cultural construction, issues of arts assessment, service learning, community engagement, and spirituality in art. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) examiner, he has traveled nationally to conduct Visual Arts examinations and has evaluated IB Extended Essays from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas.He is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Praxis II Art Education Examination; has served as a consultant for various schools, school districts, and community arts organizations; has presented at national and international conferences; and has published in national and international journals and has served on the editorial boards. Steve is active in both the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) as a Vice-President (2017–2019) and the United States Society for Education through Art (USSEA) as a National Consultant. He served as USSEA President (2013–2015). Steve graduated, with his PhD, from Florida State University. As a contemporary artist, he creates images concerning spirituality (www.stevewillis.org).