Holding the office of Faculty Senate Vice President is a responsibility to pursue with faculty, students and administrators, thinking freshly about structures of input and re-imagining purposeful engagement, within the university and out into the state. Our work with students and the State of Iowa obliges us, in a time of diminishing state resources, to be consistent with respect to our reason for existence: we provide a vital research environment, which nurtures independence of thought and produces quality education and scholarship.
Holding a joint appointment in the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has always meant being situated within the translation of academic cultures. I am fond of telling my students that being an artist makes me a better teacher and being a teacher makes me a better artist. Similarly, I recognize that I have been able to be effective as a faculty member by exercising knowledge gained from both university and college-wide service. This is a sensibility I have learned from working in shared governance with many of my faculty colleagues. It is also an institutional value that requires determined nurturing. I fully appreciate that entrepreneurial pressure for the university is a reality not to be feared, but an invitation that inevitably requires of faculty the dual dispositions of creativity and properly focused attention paid to our core activities of research and teaching. If elected, I will work with faculty and administrators to focus on institutional structures of response in an historical moment of budgetary challenges, as this moment provides the opportunity to articulate a purposeful disposition and exercise creative collective intelligence.
Position: Associate Professor, School of Art and Art History/Teaching and Learning, Program Coordinator, Art Education and Studio Division Coordinator, SAAH.
Education: B.S., Northwest Missouri State University (Art) 1981; M.A., University of Iowa (Sculpture) 1983; PhD., University of Iowa (Art Education) 1990.
Teaching: The courses I teach originate in three academic units: Literature, Science and the Arts (zero-time appointment), the School of Art and Art History, and the Department of Teaching and Learning. In 1997, I was recipient of the Collegiate Teaching Award.
Scholarship: My recent work includes the composition of two DVD story performance projects. On the American Discovery Trail: Iowa Route (2004) was commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts. I am currently editing ByCycle, Eminent Icelandic Saga and Tremendous Earth. My written publications focus on the correspondence between storytelling and visual art. I have presented storytelling performances in museums and at universities across North America.
Service: Studio Division Coordinator of the School of Art & Art History (1996-Present); Faculty Advisory Committee, College of Education (1996-99); Graduate Council (1996‑99 and 2002-05); Search Committee, Dean, College of Education (1998); Art Building Planning Committee (1999-Present); Search Committee, Associate Provost, Dean, Graduate College (2001); Council on Teaching (2001-04); Provost Search Committee (2003/04); Academic Technology Advisory Council (2003-06); University of Iowa Faculty Senate and Faculty Council (2004-07); President, Seminar for Research in Art Education, research arm of the National Art Education Association (2005-07).