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Stewart Awarded Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

August 10, 2016

Pictured, left to right: Alex Ogeka, Senior Director of Development & Alumni Relations; Dr. Stewart; Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, KU President; and Dr. Anne Zayaitz, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs



KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Marilyn Galvin Stewart, Ph.D., professor of art education and co-coordinator of graduate programs in art education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania has been awarded the school's Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.  The award, given annually, is presented to one faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding teaching skills and service to the university. 

A member of the Department of Art Education and Crafts, Stewart teaches courses in art education theory and practice and other courses such as "Visual Culture: Critical Practice," "Women in the Arts," and "Art Criticism" in which she invites students from across campus to critically engage with art and other aspects of visual culture.

"I am honored to teach in probably the largest and certainly the most dynamic art education program in the nation, where I work amidst extremely talented and devoted colleagues and students, all of whom are committed to excellence in teaching," said Stewart. "I can't imagine a better way to spend one's life."

Stewart is senior author of the elementary textbook program, Explorations in Art, and co-author of the Explorations in Art middle school textbook series.  These textbooks, in hard copy and digital formats, have been adopted in urban, suburban and rural school districts across the nation. Most recently, every major district in the state of Texas has provided these textbooks for their elementary and middle school students.

In addition to numerous journal articles, Stewart is co-author of Rethinking Curriculum in Art and author of Thinking through Aesthetics.  She is senior editor of the Art Education in Practice series, a twelve-volume series of texts that are in use by undergraduate and graduate art education programs in higher education throughout the nation.   She is a frequent keynote speaker and consultant in national curriculum projects, including her recent work as Director of The Dinner Party Curriculum Project and Coordinator of the Educator Guides Project for the PBS series, Craft in America. Since arriving at Kutztown in 1986, Stewart has conducted over 200 extended professional development institutes, seminars, or in-service days in over 30 states.  

Stewart was invited by the National Art Education Association (NAEA) to serve on the twelve-member Writing Team for the new National Visual Arts Standards and the Model Cornerstone Assessments for the Standards. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Kenneth Marantz Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University, the D. Jack Davis Lectureship Award by the University of North Texas, the Distinguished Wampler Professorship by James Madison University, and the Chambliss Research Award by Kutztown University.  She was the 1997-98 Invited Visiting Scholar at the Los-Angeles-based Getty Education Institute for the Arts, the 2006 PAEA Art Educator of the year, and was inducted by NAEA in 2010 as a Distinguished Fellow.

In 2011, NAEA named Stewart the National Art Educator of the Year.  Stewart holds bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University.  

(Photo L to R:  Alex Ogeka, senior director of development & alumni relations, Kutztown University Foundation; Dr. Marilyn Stewart, professor, KU Department of Art Education and Crafts; Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, president, Kutztown University; Dr. Anne E. Zayaitz, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Kutztown University.)