Faculty Profiles

Courtney L. Weida

Associate Professor & Director Of Graduate Art Education
Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

Harvey Hall Room 225

General Information



Doctorate: Art & Art Education, Columbia University Teachers College (2008)

Masters: Arts in Education, Harvard University (2004)

Bachelors of Art: Visual Art, English Literature, Elementary Education, Northeastern University (2003)

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

Arts education should be understood as an umbrella field because it encompasses so many important facets of human experience, development, and learning. We might properly define the arts both within education and as education. As a teacher educator, I endeavor to emphasize interdisciplinary learning, craft and sensory experience, equality issues of cultural identity and gender expression, and critical thinking through aesthetic inquiry. My teaching approach is mainly one of a fellow explorer and mentor, encouraging students to discuss critical issues of art and culture while they express themselves artistically through many media, writing, performance, and hybrid forms of visual arts research. My work and processes as an artist, educator, and researcher are unified and informed by experimentation, visualization, and collaboration. I admire the late Maxine Greene, who once wrote that the arts should be "wild, accessible, and yet not too easy." Such balance may be applied to teaching the arts as well.

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