Faculty + Staff

Virginia Commonwealth University Art Education faculty members are dedicated and celebrated researchers, teachers, and leaders in the field of art and art education. The work of our faculty is published in dozens of journals, anthologies, books, and professional conference proceedings at the national and international level. In addition, our faculty works to maintain exhibition records of their own art work and also curate exhibitions of other artists. They have terminal degrees in our field and they are attuned to cutting edge issues in art education such as aesthetics, arts and healthcare, assessment, community arts education, critical theory, culturally sustainable pedagogies, dialogic looking, feminist pedagogy, gaming, museum education, service-learning, technology, and urban education.


Dr. Sara Wilson McKay
Chair & Associate Professor

Dr. Melanie Buffington
Associate Professor

Dr. Pamela Lawton
Associate Professor

Dr. Ryan Patton
Associate Professor & Undergraduate Program Director

Dr. Yiwen Wei
Assistant Professor

Dr. Courtnie Wolfgang
Assistant Professor & Graduate Program Director

Ronika Jarratt
Program Coordinator

Molly McFadden
Assistant Professor & Licensure Coordinator

Adjunct Faculty

Amy Keenan-Amago
O.K. Keyes
Hannah Sions

University Supervisors

University Supervisors act as advocates, role models and mentors for student teachers.

Charles Bleick
Donna Stables
Buddy Terrell
Kim Turner Towne
Peggy Wood

Clinical Faculty

Sally Austin, Pemberton ES
Mary Baker-Neal, Douglas Freeman HS
Sharon Barber, Elkhardt MS
April Barlett, Arthur Ashe ES
Kelly Bisogno, James River HS
Stephanie Bradley, Brookland MS
Fonda Cody, Pearson’s Corner ES
Anne Ezzelle, Reams Road ES
Tiffany Floyd, Blackwell ES
Shannon Foster-Harris, Redd ES
Kristel French, Clover Hill ES
Jamesha Hairston, Laurel Meadow ES
Danielle Houdek, Bellevue Model ES
Michele Kelly, Spring Run ES
Amber Kuper, Salem Church MS
Gretchen Marr, J.R. Tucker HS
Sarah Mays, Ginter Park ES
Ashley Melnichak, Highland Springs ES
Laurie Parfitt, South Anna ES
Ann Schumm, Beulah ES
Karen Siler, Glen Allen ES
Anne-Marie Slinkman, Tucker HS
Sherri Smith, Holladay ES
Julianne Suder, Laburnum ES
Meeshell Von Ofenheim, Providence MS



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