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Amber Ward

Published July 19, 2019

Assistant Professor
Director of Online Programming
Department of Art Education



Amber Ward, PhD, is an 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 employs creative inquiry in her publications and exhibitions for the purpose of advancing equity. Her scholarship appears in several journals, including Art Education, Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, Journal of Embodied Research, 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/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal Associate Editor, 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

Qualitative inquiry, creative inquiry, arts informed research, fibers and sculpture, new materialism, feminism(s), subjectivity, online learning.

Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

  • Rufo, R., Ben-David, A., Cary, C. A., Borland-Sentinella, D., Phillips, L. G., Owen, A., Fari, N. S., & ABC.* (2020). Embodiment and social distancing: Practices. Journal of Embodied Research, 3(2):3 (27:50). doi:10.16995/jer.66
  • Ward, A. (2020). Florida State University. Sweep it under the rug. 1006 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL. Manager: Yalena McLane.
  • ABC. (2020). Featured artists. 64th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society: vCIES 2020 Miami. Braiding and sphering: (In)forming friends in a more-than-human-world. Miami, FL. Jurors: Iveta Silova & Mariia Vitrukh.
  • 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

*ABC, or AmberBeckyCreative, is an ongoing collaboration between Amber Ward and Rebecca C. Christ (Florida International University). Ward and Christ contribute equally to all written and creative work.