Given our program requirement that students take courses from other areas within the College and from Columbia University, students can expect to meet faculty drawn from a variety of academic and artistic fields.
Included in the present faculty of Art and Art Education are four full-time professors and one full time lecturer; six part-time adjunct professors and nine part-time instructors — several of whom hold positions in NYC museums while others are professional artists. In addition, faculty from across the Department of Arts and Humanities offer courses to Art Education students and may serve on dissertation advisory committees.
For the most part, the faculty combines teaching with research, writing and studio practice. Faculty members also serve in administrative capacities within the college and as consultants to arts agencies in the US, Asia and Europe.
Our active faculty members exhibit work, publish, and speak frequently at conferences, symposia and meetings nationally as well as internationally.
The student body exemplifies a diverse mix of ages, races, backgrounds, and experiences. Most students entering the Program in Art Education bring with them high-level professional experience gained from work in the United States and overseas.
Many students have been teachers, museum educators, or school or university administrators; other students have had careers in studio practice or advertising, media, and technology while others have worked in government, community or social service, and the corporate sector. The diversity in background, experience, and expertise adds richness and range to everyone's course of study. Not infrequently, students act as conduits to new career openings and jobs.
Alumni of our program have found employment in many and diverse settings. Graduates assume positions in private and public schools, post-secondary institutions, museums, state and federal arts and education agencies; they work in media and technology, human service and community agencies, research and consulting firms, administration, development and consulting in the public, private and international sectors.
In addition, our program has prepared students who have made distinguished careers as painters, sculptors, printmakers, ceramic artists, college teachers, and researchers. Moreover, the field of art education in the United States and overseas numbers many leading practitioners and writers of seminal influence whose formative background includes degrees from Teachers College.