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Dr. Sara Scott Shields

Published January 1, 2010

Associate Professor
Director of Teacher Certification
Department of Art Education
Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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Sara Scott Shields, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Art Education at The Florida State University. She currently serves as director of the Masters in Art Education Teacher Certification program and Chair of the Art Education Department.  She received her BFA in Ceramics and Art Education and her MaED in Art Education from East Carolina University, later receiving her PhD in Art Education from The University of Georgia after teaching high school art for six years. While at UGA she received an outstanding teaching award and achieved additional certification in interdisciplinary qualitative studies.

Dr. Shields has taught at the secondary and college level for 14 years and recently received the Southeastern Higher Educator of the Year award from the National Art Education Association and Higher Educator of the Year award from the Florida Art Education Association. She has presented and published at the state, national, and international level. Her research focus is on identity development through arts engagement, with a specific focus on how the arts can help students and teachers understand their identity in relationship to the diverse worlds we teach and live in. Her research and curriculum development is focused on the integration of contemporary art, community and personal histories, and how these might work together to create unique opportunities for art educators and students to engage in civically minded and socially just educative encounters.


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

Art Education Theory and Practice II (ARE5047)
Contemporary and Historical Issues in Art Education (ARE5246)
Arts-Based Research (ARE5935)
Qualitative Research (ARE5935)
Research Survey (ARE5745)
Student Teaching in Art (ARE5940)

Professional Practices Seminar (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., Fendler, R., & Henn, D. (2020). A Vision of Civically Engaged Art Education: Teens as Arts-Based Researchers. Studies in Art Education61(2), 123-141.
  • Fendler, R., Shields, S. S., & Henn, D. (2020). # thefutureisnow: A Model for Civically Engaged Art Education. Art Education73(5), 10-15.
  • Powell, K., & Shields, S. S. (2019). Quotidian Practices and the Ways of Art. Visual Arts Research45(1), 125-129.
  • Filiault, D., Gerardi, D., Aguirre, R., & Shields, S. S. (2019). Graduate student identity: negotiating the academic and creative through resistance or conformity. Visual Inquiry8(1), 25-39.
  • Wilson, G. J., & Shields, S. S. (2019). Troubling the “WE” in art education: Slam poetry as subversive duoethnography. Journal of Social Theory in Art Education39(1), 2.
  • Fendler, R., & Shields, S. S. (2018). Filming Frenchtown: Listening to and learning from storied lives. Learning Landscapes, 11(2), 141-155.
  • Hofsess, B., Shields, S., & Wilson, G. (2018). Tumbling Lessons: Using Tumblr Iconography to Strengthen Multimodal Teaching and Learning in Preservice Art Education. Art Education, 71(3), 20-28. doi:10.1080/00043125.2018.1436331
  • Shields, S. S. (2018). Walking Through Theory: An Exploration of Theoretical Frameworks in Miniature. The International Review of Qualitative Research, 11(3), 34.
  • Shields, S. (2017). “We all walked through [it] together”: Reflections on the Pulse nightclub shooting. Art Education, 70(4), 23-28.
  • Shields, S. S., & Hamrock, J. (2017). Finding ourselves: A visual duoethnography. Visual Inquiry, 6(3), 347-387. doi:10.1386/vi.6.3.347_7
  • Southeastern Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year, National Art Education Association (2019).
  • Florida Higher Education Art Educator of the Year, Florida Art Education Association (2018).
  • University Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, Florida State University (2017).
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, FSU College of Fine Arts (2016).