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Dr. Sara Scott Shields

Published January 1, 2010

Sara Scott Shields
Assistant Professor
Director of Teacher Certification
Department of Art Education
Curriculum Vitae (CV)




Sara Scott Shields, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at The Florida State University. She currently serves as director of the Masters in Art Education Teacher Certification program.  She received her BFA in Ceramics and Art Education and her MaED in Art Education from East Carolina University, later receiving her PhD in Art Education from The University of Georgia after teaching high school art for six years. While at UGA she received an outstanding teaching award and achieved additional certification in interdisciplinary qualitative studies. Prior to working as an Assistant Professor she worked for six years as a high school art teacher in Wilmington, NC. Her research interests revolve around arts-based approaches to both research and learning, with a specific focus on arts informed qualitative research methodologies and the relationship between art-making and identity in contemporary approaches to art education. Recently her focus in both teaching and research has been on racial identity development, Whiteness, and civic engagement in art education.


2014 PhD, University of Georgia. Major: Art. Art Education. Supervisor: Dr. Tracie Costantino.

2010 MAEd, East Carolina University. Major: Art Education. Supervisor: Dr. Alice Arnold.

2005 BFA, East Carolina University. Major: Art Education and Ceramics. Supervisor: Dr. Nancy House and Seo Eo.

Teaching Areas

Art Education Theory and Practice II (ARE5047)
Contemporary and Historical Issues in Art Education (ARE5246)
Arts-Based Research (ARE5935)
Qualitative Research (ARE5935)
Research Survey (ARE5745)
Supervision of Student Teachers

Research Areas

Qualitative research methodologies, arts-based educational research practitioner research, curriculum and pedagogy, visual journaling, visual thinking, teacher identity development, teacher education

Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

  • Fendler, R., & Shields, S. S. (2018). Filming Frenchtown: Listening to and learning from storied lives. Learning Landscapes, 11(2), 141-155.
  • Hofsess, B., Shields, S., & Wilson, G. (2018). Tumbling Lessons: Using Tumblr Iconography to Strengthen Multimodal Teaching and Learning in Preservice Art Education. Art Education, 71(3), 20-28. doi:10.1080/00043125.2018.1436331
  • Shields, S. S. (2018). Walking Through Theory: An Exploration of Theoretical Frameworks in Miniature. The International Review of Qualitative Research, 11(3), 34.
  • Shields, S. (2017). “We all walked through [it] together”: Reflections on the Pulse nightclub shooting. Art Education, 70(4), 23-28.
  • Shields, S. S., & Hamrock, J. (2017). Finding ourselves: A visual duoethnography. Visual Inquiry, 6(3), 347-387. doi:10.1386/vi.6.3.347_7
  • Southeastern Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year, National Art Education Association (2019).
  • Florida Higher Education Art Educator of the Year, Florida Art Education Association (2018).
  • University Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, Florida State University (2017).
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, FSU College of Fine Arts (2016).