Master of Arts in Art Education Faculty


The Master of Arts in Art Education program faculty are engaged in collaborations across the University (CCM, Arts & Humanities) and across DAAP, partnering in initiatives with the Art History and Fine Arts programs, the Schools of Design, Architecture, and Planning, and the Niehoff Urban Studio. A partnership with CECH's Teacher Education Division offers our students valuable recruitment initiatives, connections with urban schools, faculty resources, and interdisciplinary exchanges with Teacher Education faculty and students. Links to the wider university include the Action Research Center, the Center for Community Engagement, and UC International.


Core Faculty in the Master of Arts in Art Education Program


Flavia Bastos, PhD, Professor

Professor Bastos’ scholarship is indebted to her Brazilian roots, experiences with social and cultural diversity, and inspired by the educational philosophy of educator Paulo Freire. It follows that her art education practices are fueled by progressive education ideas that honor a community’s artistic potential and celebrate possibilities and talents of all people. Flávia’s arts leadership accomplishments include her roles as Director of the Higher Education Division of the National Art Education Association (2012-14) and elected member of the Council of Policy Studies in Art Education. She has received the Ziegfeld Award of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) in 2009 for her distinguished service in international art education and the Mary J. House Award of the National Art Education Association Women’s Caucus in 2007. She is past senior editor of the Journal of Art Education and has published and lectured extensively in the United States and other countries such as such as South Africa, Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Spain, and Portugal. Her books include Transforming City Schools through Art: Approaches to Meaningful K-12 Learning, a co-edited volume published by Teachers College Press (2012), and the anthology Connecting Creativity Research and Practice in Art Education: Foundations, Pedagogies, and Contemporary Issues (2014) released by the National Art Education Association. Her current research examines the relationship between creativity and education and is captured in the upcoming book  “Permission to Fail: How Creative Teachers Shape a New Education.


Vittoria Daiello, PhD, Associate Professor

Professor Vittoria Daiello’s teaching and research are entwined and synergistic, propelled by an interest in writing and research methods of artists, designers and other creative practitioners. A visual artist by training, she views writing as an artful inquiry tool that brings critical reflexivity and ethical response-ability to arts and design education and research. Working to advance education opportunities through contemporary art, she is a member of the Contemporary Art Center (CAC) Education Task Force, and a collaborator in UC-CAC arts education initiatives. A recipient of The Ohio State University’s Marantz Distinguished Alumni Award (2016), and the DAAP Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching (2011), Daiello’s research is represented in international and multidisciplinary proceedings, including American Educational Research Association (AERA), the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), the National Art Education Association (NAEA), Conference on College Composition & Communication (CCCC), and Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE). Peer-reviewed research publications include Visual Arts Research Journal, Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, Studies in Art Education, Creative Approaches to Research Journal, The Handbook of Arts-Based Research (Guilford, 2017). Forthcoming books include “A Shimmering Assemblage: Writing Through Uncertainty, Precarity, and Transdisciplinarity” and “Visualizing Writing,” a writing methods primer for mentoring post-secondary arts and design research.

Kristopher Holland, PhD, Assistant Professor

Dr. Holland practices art and philosophy. His current research interests are philosophical inquiry methodologies, arts-based research, creative technologies, and art & design teacher education. He is presently researching the role inquiry and creative technologies play in educational curriculum within PK-12 Schooling with projects connected to Hughes STEM High School and the Nelson Mandela International School in Berlin, Germany.  He collaboratively runs an afterschool arts-based inquiry program and participates in the Hughes STEM HS Summer Scholars Program as a curriculum advisor and educator.  He also directs the biannual Berlin Summer Arts Inquiry program in collaboration with the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin running again in 2017. He is the Director of Visual Arts Education State Licensure for the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. His conceptual art work The Habermas Machine was cited in James Rolling Jr.’s Arts-Based Research: A Primer, published in 2013 and exhibited in 2015. His forthcoming books include To The Derridean Sun: Deconstruction as Experience, the co-edited volume Materialism and Materiality: Essays and Articulations from the 2016 Biennial Žižek Studies Conference, the co-authored On Being a Fatal Theorist: Jean Baudrillard’s Strategy for the Anthropocene, and An Artist-Educators Inquiry Handbook for Saturday Art Programs. By combining the fields of philosophy and art education his work seeks to spark agency for students in the creative fields for social change and educative innovation.


Nandita Baxi Sheth, MCP, MA, Assistant Director Academic

Nandita Baxi Sheth works at the intersections of Art, Education, and Community as Assistant Director Academic in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati.  She works as DAAP’s Liaison to the UC/Hughes Initiative to design, coordinate, and implement college access and summer bridge programming with UC’s neighboring community high school.  Additionally she serves as DAAP’s Liaison for Diversity and Inclusion and leads the college wide Diversity and Inclusion Team.  In 2015 she obtained a Masters in Visual Arts Education and Ohio State Licensure in Visual Arts Education.  She teaches High School students in After School Programming with Hughes STEM HS and instructs in the Art Education Licensure progam.  She has a background in Architecture and Planning with an B.A. from Rice University, majoring in Architectural Studies, English, and Art and a Master’s of Community Planning from the School of Planning at DAAP.  Her research interests include: the application of arts based research methodologies to consider “wicked problems”; the curricular impacts of art and technology on education; exploration and development of cross disciplinary STEAM initiatives, and using the lenses of affect theory and aesthetics to craft alternate forms of assessment. 


Robert Russell, PhD, Emeritus, Adjunct Professor 


Karen McGarry, MFA, MA, Adjunct Professor 


Master of Arts in Art Education Affiliated Faculty

Due to the expansive and flexible nature of the program, many DAAP faculty will be secondary faculty including:  Kate Bonansinga, Dr. Bain Butcher, Amanda Curreri, Joe Girandola, Dr. Leah Hollstein, Dr. Danilo Palazzo, Jordan Tate, Craig Vogel, Michael Zaretsky, and others.


Master of Arts in Art Education

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