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Sara Scott Shields

Published January 1, 2010

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



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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.

Teaching Areas

Portfolio, Art Education (ARE5950)

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

  • Shields, S.S. (in press). Like climbing Jacob’s ladder: An art based exploration of comprehensive exams. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education.
  • Shields, S.S. (2014). In pursuit of hermeneutic visual journaling: Visual journals as a mode and method of inquiry. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry: Urbana-Champaign, IL.
  • Shields, S.S. & Guyotte, K. (2014). Artful pedagogy: Opportunities for engagement in the qualitative curriculum. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry: Urbana-Champaign, IL.
  • Scott, S. & Hall, M.S. (2013). Liberation of the mind: A dialogue between peers. Journal of Language and Literacy Education Conference: Athens, GA.
  • Scott, S. (2010). Artists and teachers.Group exhibition of local educators and artists. Cameron Art Museum: Wilmington, NC.
  • Future Faculty Program Nominee, The University of Georgia (2013).
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant, The University of Georgia (2013).
  • Student Chapter Scholarship Award, Georgia Art Education Association (2013).
  • Educator of the Month, New Hanover County Schools (2009).
  • Educator of the Year Nominee, New Hanover County Schools (2009).
  • Outstanding Young Educator, Region II of North Carolina Public Schools (2008).