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Art Education professors selected for national recognition

Jan. 14, 2013

Dr. Heather Fountain Dr. Carrie Nordlund
Fountain Nordlund

KUTZTOWN, Pa. Two Kutztown University professors - Dr. Heather Fountain and Dr. Carrie Nordlund - will receive awards from the National Art Education Association (NAEA) for their exceptional contributions to art education.

Fountain, associate professor of art education and curriculum chair of Kutztown's undergraduate art education program, will receive the Council for Exceptional Children, VSA Peter J. Geisser Special Needs Art Educator Award. Fountain was selected as the recipient of this award for excellence in scholarship, community service, professional leadership, teaching and impact on individuals with disabilities.

At KU, Fountain develops arts and education resources and courses which provide teachers with the knowledge they need to help students of varying abilities. In the local community, Fountain pairs art education pre-service teachers with volunteers who have disabilities; as teams they work to design products that make life more accessible for people with disabilities.

Fountain is also a board member of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association as the Higher Education Division Director. She regularly presents at state and national conferences on topics related to differentiated instruction and teaching diverse learners, and has written a recently published book titled "Differentiated Instruction in Art." In 2012, Fountain won the Pennsylvania Art Education Association's (PAEA) Outstanding Special Needs Art Educator Award.

Nordlund, associate professor of art education and treasurer for the executive board of the NAEA women's caucus, will receive the NAEA's Eastern Region Higher Education Art Educator Award. The eastern region consists of 12 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, seven Canadian provinces and the Overseas Art Education Association.

Nordlund is receiving the award for exemplary teaching, service, leadership and scholarship. Dr. Marilyn Stewart, a professor of art education at KU, says that students often describe Nordlund as "'remarkable,' 'inspiring,' 'awesome,' and 'fabulous,' and her classes are 'exceptional,' 'eye opening,' and 'challenging.'"

Along with her teaching accomplishments, Dr. Nordlund is an avid scholar. Recent publications include "Waldorf Education: Breathing Creativity," "Activist Art and Pedagogy: The Dinner Party Curriculum Project," "An Invitation to Social Justice: Sixteen Principles for Teaching Art" and "Teaching Art as Reflective Craft." In 2012, Nordlund won the PAEA's Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator Award.

Fountain and Nordlund will receive their awards at the 2013 NAEA National Convention, which will be held March 7 - 10, in Fort Worth, Texas.