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 program, the editor of the Journal of Art for Life and as the Higher Education Division Chair for the Florida Art Education Association. She received her BFA in Ceramics and Art Education and MaED in Art Education from East Carolina University, later receiving her PhD in Art Education from The University of Georgia. 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, visual thinking in higher education curriculum and pedagogy and teacher/researcher identity development.
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.
Portfolio, Art Education (ARE5950)
Qualitative research methodologies, arts-based educational research practitioner research, curriculum and pedagogy, visual journaling, visual thinking, teacher identity development, teacher education