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Sara Scott Shields

Published January 1, 2010

Associate Dean
Associate Professor
Department of Art Education
Curriculum Vitae (CV)





Sara Scott Shields, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Art Education at Florida State University. 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. Dr. Shields has been teaching since 2005. She has presented and published at the state, national, and international level.

Her research and curriculum development are focused on the integration of visual journaling, 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. Her collaborative research, with Dr. Rachel Fendler, engages place-based curriculum design and interdisciplinary collaboration between K-12 art and civics education, through the activation of local histories and current events. This project started in 2018 and is an ongoing inquiry into the question: How might a civics education curriculum use art to become responsive, inclusive, and in service of communities whose status as civic actors is frequently called into question?


PhD, University of Georgia. Major: Art. Art Education. Supervisor: Dr. Tracie Costantino.

MAEd, East Carolina University. Major: Art Education. Supervisor: Dr. Alice Arnold.

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

Interdisciplinary art education, civically engaged art education, arts-based educational research, practitioner research, curriculum and pedagogy, visual journaling, 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.
  • 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).