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Dr. Amanda Alexander

Assistant Professor of Art Education
Art + Art History
College of Liberal Arts

UT Arlington Faculty

Dr. Amanda Alexander graduated from The Ohio State University (OSU) with a Ph.D. in Art Education and a focus in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration in 2010. Prior to her Ph.D., she received a Masters of Arts degree in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration in 2007 from OSU and a Bachelors of Science degree in Business in 2000 from Indiana University-Bloomington. Dr. Alexander’s Doctoral research and work in the Peace Corps provided her the opportunity to live and work in South America where she learned to speak fluent Spanish and conversational Portuguese.

Her present and ongoing work in South America has brought about interests in participatory action research, autoethnography, co-creation design methods, postcolonial and critical theories. Additionally, her professional interests include community-based arts learning, arts/cultural policy, arts administration, international policy and development, sustainable social and cultural development, international trade laws, human rights, arts advocacy and the Fair Trade movement.

 
Before coming to the University of Texas at Arlington in 2011, Dr. Alexander taught at The Ohio State University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and with Upward Bound, a program dedicated to preparing inner city high school kids for college. At each teaching placement, Dr. Alexander worked to share her global experiences in the classroom with a wide array of students. She looks forward to working with the diverse population in and around the Arlington community to develop community arts connections with UTA students.

Service Learning Class

ART 3359 – Applying & Teaching Art Curricula, 3 credit hours.

This course provides art education students with an overview of teaching in the K-12 art classroom through further exploration and application of curriculum and instructional methods as well as observation in the DFW area public schools. Students are provided opportunities to observe various work situations and to reflect on their own education and teaching practices within the arts.  Students are expected to develop professional skills in observation and written and oral communication.  The material in this course serves to establish a foundation for building professional awareness and a normative philosophy of art education.

This course prepares pre-service teachers of art for public school and/or other educational settings. Students in the course visit local elementary, middle and high school art classes, museums, and a community center and observe their own art learning experiences to explore what it might be like to teach.  It combines field visit, reading assignments, journal responses/reflections, in-class discussion, PowerPoint presentation, and studio art projects to explore the meaning of teaching art as a future art educator.

Academic Outcomes

  1. Students will apply knowledge of curriculum development including unit/lesson design and artmaking processes  
  2. Students will practice teaching and explore further instructional methods
  3. Students will develop skills in interview and observation (including observation of various students, i.e. special needs, English language learners, etc.).
  4. Students will recognize and discuss situations and current conditions in various art education settings.
  5. Students will analyze art-teaching strategies in socially and culturally diverse contexts of schooling and community art programs.
  6. Students will develop writing/oral skills through in-class exercises, responses to observations, and reflections on readings and their own teaching.
  7. Students will participate in a three-part museum experience for pre-service teachers learning the museum’s approach of inquiry-based methods
  8. Students will gain knowledge of art certification requirements

Service Learning Project

Ft. Worth Cultural Arts Center: Learning, Teaching, Volunteering and Observing

Partners: Ft. Worth Cultural Arts Center

Description:

1. Develop and Teach a 3-Day Unit at CAC

In groups, students will develop a 3-day unit to teach three separate times at the Ft. Worth Cultural Arts Center. The unit will be elementary level and include adjustments and accommodations for people with special needs. Each day in the unit should include at least two activities or enough art making for a two and a half hour timeframe. It must also include prototypes for each separate day/activity. The groups will work together throughout the semester at the CAC. Students will be graded on both the 3-day unit write-up and participating in the teaching of the unit at the CAC.

2. Three Summary and Reflection Papers from Teaching Experiences at CAC

Students will be required to write clear and concise one-page two-paragraph papers including in each, a descriptive summary and a reflective interpretation. The questions to be answered are: What? So what? Now what?

3. 10 Hours Observation Experience at CAC & Reflection

Students will be required to volunteer and observe, at least 10 hours throughout the semester, on their own time, at the CAC. There will be a check-in and check-out sheet prepared to clock students’ hours. Along with the volunteer/observation hours, students will write one final reflection based on their volunteer work outside of class.