Faculty + Staff

Dr. Melanie Buffington


Dr. Melanie L. Buffington, Associate Professor of Art Education, earned her Ph.D. and M.A. at The Ohio State University and her B.S. at The Pennsylvania State University. She previously taught middle school art in Maryland and has interned in numerous museums.

Her current research interests include: museum education, emerging technologies, culturally responsive pedagogy, contemporary art, public art, and service-learning.  She was recently awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for $179,942 that funded two teacher workshops during the summer of 2016 related to collective memories of the Civil War in and around Richmond.  She also recently participated in a community-engaged project that involved an arts-based after school program for youth at the Neighborhood Resource Center in Richmond, VA. For the 2014-15 academic year, she was named as a VCU Service-Learning Fellow and her work in this arena focused on the importance of reflection as a part of service-learning.

Research, Leadership & Awards

Recent publications include:

Buffington, M. L., Williams, A. E., Ogier, E., & Rouatt, L. (2016). Telling our tales: Becoming art educators. Studies in Art Education, 57(4), 329-340.

Buffington, M. L. (2016). Fostering dialogue in a post-racial society. Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, 33,12-26.

Patton, R. M., & Buffington, M. L. (2016). Keeping up with our students: The evolution of technology and standards in art education. Arts Education Policy Review, 117(3), 1-9.

Buffington, M. L., Cramer, E. P., Agnelli, K., & Norris, J. (2015). Food landscapes: A socially engaged art project. Art Education, 40-45.

Buffington, M. L., & Bedoyan, M. (2014). Museum and art education as a response to place in Doha, Qatar. Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, 31, 162-178. http://www.jcrae.org/journal/index.php/jcrae/article/view/33/22

Buffington, M. L. (2014). Power play: Rethinking roles in the art classroom. Art Education,67(4), 6-12.

Buffington, M. L. (2013). Stories in stone: Investigating the stories behind the sculptural commemoration of the Confederacy. Visual Inquiry, 2(3), 299-312.



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