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. Prior to working as an Assistant Professor she worked for six years as a high school art teacher in Wilmington, NC. Her research interests revolve around arts-based approaches to both research and learning, with a specific focus on arts informed qualitative research methodologies and the relationship between art-making and identity in contemporary approaches to art education. Recently her focus in both teaching and research has been on racial identity development, Whiteness, and civic engagement in art education.
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.
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)
Qualitative research methodologies, arts-based educational research practitioner research, curriculum and pedagogy, visual journaling, visual thinking, teacher identity development, teacher education