My current research interests include arts and culture in recreation and leisure settings, the state of arts education policy and practice in Oregon, representations of comic book superheroes, and the history of large-scale theatrical pageants in the City of Eugene, Oregon. I have special interests in issues related to gender, the working class, and art alongside various elements of performance, process, and production of identity.
I have published in the following peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Arts Management, Law & Society; the Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics; Willamette Valley Voices; and Northwest Theatre Review.
I was recently invited to review a proposal for a forthcoming text on Women Cartoonists published by Canadian Scholars and have a forthcoming (2017/18) book chapter on arts and culture in parks and recreation settings for an introductory textbook.
My instructional practice focuses on undergraduates in arts management and cultural leadership, Planning, Public Policy & Management, the Comics & Cartoon Studies Minor, and First-Year Interest Groups. In my courses, students encounter a wide range of creative visual and performative works that assist in making real, visible, and of continuing significance the concerns around the interdisciplinary nature of managing, critiquing, interpreting, and researching arts and culture.
Through analysis of arts and creative production methods as well as tools of self-reflection and application of cultural context, students in my classes are asked to examine their personal orientation in society and how their roles contribute to concerns of equity, inclusion, and diversity within arts and culture research, management, and professional responsibilities. Assignments based in creative production, critical object analysis, evaluative adn interpretive methods, critical self-reflection, and guided discussions offer a balance between covering content and meaning making. Such engagement with visual, material, and creative culture offers rich opportunities to study self and society, address changing concerns of arts and culture in society, and to positively affect individual learners, arts business praxis, and community arts management while building on and celebrating human and cultural richness.
In addition to my instructional responsibilities, I am the Faculty Fellow for the UO's Common Reading program. Each year, the Common Reading offered a shared intellectual experience for students, faculty, and staff around a book relevant to today's global society. Engagement with these books in curricular and co-curricular settings creates a sense of community, encourages critical reading, and introduces students to the nature of inquiry, creativity, and research.
I also serve as Faculty Advisor for students pursuing majors or minors in Arts Management at the UO. To learn more, please email or call me directly.
I am Editor of CultureWork: A Periodic Broadside for Arts & Culture Workers for the Center for Community Arts & Cultural Policy. I serve on the Advisory Board for ArtCore, a U.S. Department of Education grant that is developing a sustainable arts integration model to being implemented at five Lane County schools. I further serve as an invited member of the Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the international Association of Arts Administration Educators.
AAD 199: Portable Life Museum AAD 199: Art Meets Science: Making the Invisible Visible
AAD 250: Art & Human Values AAD 251: Art and Visual Literacy AAD 252: Art and Gender
AAD 301: Understanding Arts & Creative Sectors AAD 312: Arts Management
AAD 421/521: Cultural Programming AAD 471/571: Performing Arts Management