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KU Professor named 2012 National Art Educator of the Year

March 12, 2012

Dr. John Howell WhiteKUTZTOWN-In ceremonies earlier this month in New York City, Kutztown University's professor of art education and crafts, Dr. John Howell White was honored as the 2012 National Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award by National Art Education Association (NAEA).

This award recognizes the admirable contributions, services and achievements of one outstanding NAEA member within their division at the National level annually. NAEA President, F. Robert Sabol states, "This award is being given to recognize excellence in professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator. This recipient exemplifies the highly qualified individuals active in the field of art education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars, and advocates who give their best to the profession."

Since 2002, White has been chair for the department of art education and crafts at KU. White oversees the scheduling of classes, hiring and retention of faculty, managing the department office, managing the department budget, representing the department to the academic administration, department chairs, current students, parents, current applicants.

White is also the chair for the NAEA Higher Education Research Steering Committee. From 2009 to 2011, he was director for the Higher Education Division in the National Art Education Association. He developed and maintained a column in the NAEA news and coordinated events at the annual meeting.

White has written or produced many national, international, regional/state, and national presentations involving Kutztown University students. White's recent work with research and development for the art community has involved, Paint, Painting & Paintings a Text for High School students; Carnegie Corporation of New York, Community Art project; and Sabbatical Leave One Semester, Historical Research in Art Education.

His work has also been seen in technical reports, proceedings, periodicals and many book chapters. He has been involved with community service, professional service, department-level service, college-wide service and university-wide service. Additionally, White has helped with many institutional grants, fellowships and assistantships.

In 2009, White was awarded the Pennsylvania Higher Education Art Educator of the Year.

White received his Ph.D. in 1994 from the Pennsylvania State University from the department of art education. He received his M.F.A. in 1975, from Pratt Institute, department of fine arts-painting. In 1972, he received his B.A. in fine arts from University of Colorado.

The award was presented at the NAEA National Convention in New York, New York. It is a week-long event with more than 7,000 art educators in attendance.

NAEA is the professional association for art educators including elementary, secondary, middle level and high school art teachers. As well as, university and college professors; education directors who oversee education in our nation's fine art museums, administrators and supervisors who oversee art education in school districts, state departments of education, arts councils;  and artists throughout the United States and many foreign countries.