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Congratulations to Dr. Debrah Sickler-Voigt – Favorite Professor Award

Published February 7, 2018

The FSU Department of Art Education would like to cordially congratulate Dr. Debrah Sickler-Voigt for receiving the Favorite Professor Award at Middle Tennessee State University (MSTU).

The Ruthie Awards are presented each year in Rutherford County, Tennessee, by the Daily News Journal, a part of the USA Today Network. More than 400,000 votes are cast each year to acknowledge community favorites. Dr. Sickler-Voigt has now been named “Favorite MTSU Professor” for two consecutive years.

In reflection of this achievement, Dr Sickler-Voigt states that she “appreciates the tremendous community support and feels fortunate to work in a profession that I love and can pursue the goal of making a positive difference in people’s lives through art.”

Dr. Sickler-Voigt is an active community member currently engaged in a variety of professional projects and activities. For instance, she is writing a textbook titled Teaching and Learning in Art Education: Cultivating Students’ Potential from Pre-K through High School that will be published by Routledge in 2019.

The comprehensive, student-centered design of Teaching and Learning in Art Education: Cultivating Students’ Potential from Pre-K through High School provides proven tips and innovative methods for teaching, managing, and assessing all aspects of art instruction and student learning in today’s diversified educational settings. In addition to demonstrating best practices in art education and explaining current theories and assessment models for art instruction, the textbook presents meaningful lessons that fuse contemporary artists’ works, big ideas, art production methods, and inquiry to connect instructional content to students’ lives. Its astounding collection of internationally acclaimed PreK-12 student artworks embody what children can achieve through quality art instruction. Combined, the textbook’s engaging exemplars assist teachers in challenging students to think creatively, problem-solve, and develop 21st century skills as lifelong learners.

This art education methods textbook is unique and highly relevant as it also identifies the concerns educators share and provides clear answers to assist teachers and students in thriving and succeeding in educational spaces and beyond. It offers strategies for teaching differentiated learners; advocating for the art program; securing program funding; expressing teacher creativity; and maintaining a positive and professional teaching career. Users will discover how to utilize and adapt the textbook’s informative resources to suit their professional needs.

Dr. Sickler-Voigt is also the senior editor of the National Art Education Association (NAEA)’s White Papers on Assessment, which is currently under development. She has recently received a sabbatical to develop multimedia resources that teach contemporary approaches to children’s artistic development. Available online, it includes video tutorials, outstanding international children’s artworks, milestones in children artistic development, lesson plans, and more.

Congratulations, Dr. Sickler-Voigt, for such outstanding achievements and upcoming accomplishments!