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Dr. Amber Ward

Published July 19, 2019

Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Art Education


Amber Ward, PhD, is a visiting assistant professor of art education at Florida State University. Before joining the faculty at FSU, Dr. Ward was an assistant professor of art education and Credential Advisor for the Pre-Credential Program in Art at California State University, Sacramento. She also has experience teaching art to learners in elementary, middle, and high school. Dr. Ward received a PhD in art education with a Certificate in Qualitative Research from the University of Missouri. She earned an MAAE from Maryland Institute College of Art and a BFA from Colorado State University.

Dr. Ward uses creative methodologies to advance equity in art education and qualitative inquiry. Additional areas of interest include cultural and critical theories, contemporary art, inquiry-based instruction, collaborative learning, and distance learning. Her scholarship appears in numerous journals, including Art Education, Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, Knowledge Cultures, Studies in Art Education, Qualitative Inquiry, and Visual Arts Research. Dr. Ward has presented her work at international, national, and state conferences and has served as Art Education Editorial Review Board Member, National Art Education Association Pacific Regional Director of the Higher Education Division, and National Art Education Association Women’s Caucus Board Member (Outreach Coordinator and Research Coordinator). She teaches graduate courses in the online degree program at FSU.


2015 PhD, University of Missouri; Department of Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum
2009 MAAE, Maryland Institute College of Art, The Center for Art Education
2000 BFA, Colorado State University, Department of Art & Art History

Research Areas

Creative methodologies, qualitative inquiry, cultural and critical theories, social justice art education, contemporary art

Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards (Top 5)

  • Ward, A. (2018). Media review: Entanglement as a learning text: Reconsidering knowledge production at the City Museum. Studies in Art Education, 59(3), 261-266. doi:10.1080/00393541.2018.1479825
  • Ward, A., & Blanchfield, M. (2018). Undoing “banking” education: Using Google Drawings to strengthen engagement. Art Education, 71(5), 27-33. doi:10.1080/00043125.2018.1482163
  • Ward, A., Christ, R. C., Kuby, C. R., & Shear, S. B. (2018). Thinking with Klosterman’s razor: Diffracting “Reviewer 2” and research wrongness. Knowledge Cultures, 6(2), 28-50. doi:10.22381/KC6220183
  • Ward, A. (2016). Deconstructing Panty Pennants and revealing absent presence. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 1(1), 208-233. Retrieved from
  • Kuby, C. R., Aguayo, R. C., Holloway, N., Mulligan, J. A., Shear, S. B., & Ward, A. (2016). Teaching, troubling, transgressing: Thinking with theory in a post-qualitative inquiry course. Qualitative Inquiry, 22(2), 140-148. doi:10.1177/1077800415617206