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Ingalls Vanada, Delane

Assistant Professor
Art Education
Sharadin Art Studio 416
  • Biography
    Prior to teaching at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Ingalls Vanada was an Assistant Professor of Art Education and Visual Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students and the founding director of Art Connects!, a contemporary art integration symposium, and Inquiry to Practice—a working group of K-20 artist/teacher/researchers who engage in arts-based research and link theory to practice. Dr. Ingalls Vanada also supervises online Masters candidates for the University of Florida and Boston University. While finishing her dissertation, she served as adjunct professor of Art Education at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD).
    Her research focuses on inquiry-based learning; learning mindsets; the psychology of creativity; and innovative methods for teacher preparation, including design thinking and a/r/tography. Delane has published her work in journals including International Journal of Arts Education, Arts Research International, and Journal of Art for Life. She has conducted educational research in Finland and Denmark and presented her work in the United States, Greece, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Norway. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Denver and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. Teaching at both the K-12 and university levels, Ingalls Vanada is the recipient of numerous honors including the NAEA’s Pacific Region Elementary Educator of the Year award (2004), SOTL Scholar and recipient of collaborative Scholarship of Teaching and Learning grants at UNCC, and being named one of five TOP teachers.
  • Course Regularly Taught
    ARC 211 Women in the Arts
    ARC 015 Art, Design, & Visual Culture
    ARU 236 Arts in PreK-4 Integration
    ARU 331 Designing for Disabilities in Art Ed Settings
  • Degrees
    Ph. D. University of Denver, Denver, CO Educational Leadership & Policy Studies 2010
    Doctoral Dissertation:
    - Ingalls Vanada, D. (2010). An exploratory comparative study of students’ thinking in arts classrooms (Doctoral dissertation). Available/published: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database (ATT No. 3426039). Retrieve from:
    - Art Education Emphasis: Learner-centered, critical pedagogy; dynamic learning (creative, critical, practical skills & dispositions), mindsets/student self-beliefs; inquiry-based learning; art integration
    - Ph.D. Internships: Curriculum & Instruction, Douglas Co. School District, CO, 2009; Principal Intern, Denver School of the Arts, Denver Public Schools, 2007

    M.Ed. Lesley University, Cambridge, MA Curriculum and Instruction: Arts in Learning 2004
    - Thesis: Arts at the Core of Learning and the Integrative Power of the Arts
    B.S. Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN Apparel Design/Illustration & Technology 1981

    A.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC Fashion Design & Illustration 1981
  • Publications
    Ingalls Vanada, D. (2011). Designing thinking: Developing dynamic learners in the arts. Saarbrücken, Germany: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. ISBN 978-3-8473-2638-0

    Book Chapter
    Ingalls Vanada, D. & Adams, D. (2015). Learner-centered instructional strategies: A crash course. In S.K. Wu (Ed.), Students’ Pathway to Success: A Faculty Guide (pp. 129-160). Charlotte, NC: UNC Charlotte Center for Teaching and Learning Publications.

    Juried/ Peer-reviewed Publications
    Ingalls Vanada, D. (2019). Engaging in Materiality: Issues in Art and Design Education. Paper presented at the Academy for Design Innovation Management, published in Bohemia, E., Gemser, G., Fain, N., de Bont, C., & Almendra, R. (Eds.). Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management 2019 International Conference, 2(1), 1259-1267. Published by the Academy for Design Innovation Management London, United Kingdom ISBN 978-1-912769-01-8 (e-Book)
    Ingalls Vanada, D. (2019). Exploring Visual Art Students' Balanced and Successful Thinking in Project-Based Learning Environments. Paper presented at the American Education Research Conference: Toronto, Canada.
    Ingalls Vanada, D. (2019). Teaching for Inquiry and Creative Thinking: Daring to Be A/R/Tography. Paper presented at the American Education Research Conference: Toronto, Canada.
    Ingalls Vanada, D. (2018). Danish creativity and resilience in the face of adversity. The Bridge, 41(2), 26-39.
    Ingalls Vanada, D. (2017). “Under the water line: Systems thinking for dynamic learning in art and design” in Broome, J., Marshall, J., Smilan, C., Jung, Y., Eudy, V., Ingalls Vanada, D., Love, A. R., & Villeneuve, P. (2017). Essays on systems thinking: Applications for art education, Journal of Art for Life, 9(3). 1-29.
    Ingalls Vanada, D., Adams, D., & Amin, T. (2017). Arts in society redesign: A learner-centered approach. International Journal of Arts Education (IJAE), 12 (4), 1-18.
    Ingalls Vanada, D. (2017). Teaching for the ambiguous, creative, and practical: Daring to be a/r/tography. Arts Research International (A.R.I.), 2(1), 110-135. Retrieve at
    Ingalls Vanada, D. (2016). An equitable balance: Designing Quality Thinking Systems in Art Education. International Journal of Education & the Arts (IJEA), 17(11), 1-21. Retrieve at:
    McGuire, C., Isenbarger, S., Kinsman, P., Ingalls Vanada, D., Solomon, P., & Skees, K. (2015). Building a culture that motivates: Working with intrinsic and extrinsic. FutureForward: The Journal of Integrative Teaching International, 4(1), 12-23. Retrieve at
    Ingalls Vanada, D. (2014). Practically creative: The role of design thinking as an improved paradigm for 21st century art education. Techne Series: Research in Sloyd Education and Craft Science A, 21(2), 21-33. Retrieve at:
    Ingalls Vanada, D. (2014). Balance, Depth and Beyond: Tapping in to Design Thinking in Art Education. The International Journal of Arts Education (IJAE), 10(1), 1-14. Common Ground Publications: ISSN: 2326-9944.
    Ingalls Vanada, D. (2013). Developing dynamic artist/teacher/leaders in preservice art education programs. In D. Flinders & P.B. Uhrmacher (Eds.), Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 15(1), 101–116. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
    Ingalls Vanada, D. (2013). Creating, thinking, engaging, connecting: Learner-centered pedagogy applied to a large undergraduate art & society course. International Journal of Arts Education, 7(2), 55-67. Common Ground Publications: ISSN 1833-1866.
    Ingalls Vanada, D. (2012). Reflexive capacity building: Visual art education as a culture of thinking and learning. ATINER Conference Paper Series No: 2012-0092. Athens, Greece: Athens Institute for Education and Research.
    Vanada, D. I. (2010). A balancing act: Intel¬ligence, equity, and the arts in education. Journal of Art for Life, (1)1, 34-48.
    Vanada, D. I. (2010). Balanced education + art education: Beyond STEM to capacity. Journal of Educational Policy, Spring 2010.
  • Research Interests
    Learner-centered pedagogy, inquiry-based learning, critical pedagogy, balanced intelligence (creative, critical, practical thinking & dispositions), learning mindsets and self-beliefs, contemporary art integration, the psychology of creativity, art-based research and a/r/tography, and innovative methods for teacher preparation.
  • Background Information
    Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
    Assistant Professor of Art Education (full-time, temporary) 8/19- present
    University of Florida 8/17- present
    Adjunct Assistant Professor- Online Master of Arts in Art Education
    Course development and teaching; Capstone Masters thesis committees
    Boston University
    Adjunct Assistant Professor- Online Master of Arts in Art Education 1/19- present
    Teacher/ Facilitator of Senior capstone arts-based research projects
    University of Northern Colorado 1/18- 5/2018
    Interim Assistant Professor-Graduate and Undergraduate Art Education; University Supervisor
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte 8/11- 7/2017
    Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art Education + Visual Studies; University Supervisor “ “ Graduate Faculty member “ “
    Director, “ART CONNECTS” Regional Contemporary Art Integration Symposium “ “
    SOTL Scholar, Top 40 Faculty Research Academy + T.O.P. Teacher “ “
    Savannah College of Art and Design 1/11-5/2011
    Professor of Professional Education- Masters of Art in Teaching (MAT) program
    Denver Public Schools, Denver CO 1/10- 6/2010
    Integrated Curriculum and Instruction Specialist (Independent Contract)
    Art Institute of Colorado, Denver, CO 8/07- 5/2010
    Part Time Faculty: Studio Foundations + Design
    Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Lakewood, CO 8/06- 8/2009
    Adjunct Professor: BFA in Art Education; Student Teacher Supervisor