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Ohio Northern Art Education Professor Named to Hall of Fame

Linda Lehman
With the $300 her family could afford for college, Linda Lehman started her education at The Ohio State University-Lima campus.

In 1968, it was only enough for one quarter, but it was a start. Loans and multiple jobs got Prof. Lehman through four years on the Lima campus.

“If it had not been in my hometown, I think a college education would have been out of reach for me,” she said. “Because it was here and it was available, I was able to take advantage of that opportunity, and that is something I have always been very grateful for.”

Prof. Lehman went onto an awarding teaching career that earned her an induction into the OSU-Lima Hall of Fame at Friday’s OSU-Lima Advocates meeting.

Inductees must be on the Lima campus for at least one quarter and obtain an OSU degree. They are selected for exhibiting leadership in their professions and community. Prof. Lehman wasn’t expecting the recognition, and credits those she worked along side for the past 36 years.

“When I think about all the excellent teachers I have learned from, I have learned a lot,” she said. “I give credit to the professionals I worked with as much as to myself.”

The Ohio State-Lima Advocates group was formed by the Board of Trustees to engage past members and gain their insights and perspective on how Ohio State-Lima can better serve its students and community. Members can also be past members of the Citizens’ Advisory Council that preceded the Board of Trustees and selected community leaders.

Prof. Lehman graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University at Lima with a Bachelor of Science degree in education before going on to teach elementary education at a number of schools in the area, such as St. Charles, Lima Garfield, Elida, Allen East, and Bath Elementary. She continued her education by obtaining her art certification, and eventually her Master’s degree in education.

Not only did Prof. Lehman teach art, but she also became an advocate for the arts. While teaching art at Bath Elementary, she wrote many grants in support of the Bath Art program and the Artists in Residence program. She also started a volunteer program in support of arts in the classroom. During this same time, Prof. Lehman taught an art education methods course at OSU-Lima.

Prof. Lehman now teaches art education as an instructor at Ohio Northern University, where she is a visiting assistant to the director of the Center for Teacher Education. She also coordinates the Saturday Morning Arts enrichment program (SMArts) to provide fine arts education to the community’s children.

Prof. Lehman is a member of the Watercolor Society, The Ohio Art Education Association, The Chicago Museum of Art, the Lima Art Study Group, and serves on a number of committees. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for ArtSpace Lima.

She recently received a 20-year Circa Recognition Award and was inducted into the Ohio Art Education Association Circa Honor Society that honors educators who have shown long-term service and professional dedication to the OAEA in the field of visual art education.

The art education major is an intensive full-time teacher preparation program that enables students to earn a PreK-12 licensure as a teacher. ONU's program is designed to prepare its candidates to be not only accomplished art educators, but also articulate advocates for the role of art in PreK-12 education. The curriculum involves partnerships with public schools and is designed so that students come to understand educational theory through personal experience in authentic teaching situations. For instance, students at Ohio Northern plan and teach a group of middle school students participating in the Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) program. Also, ONU teacher candidates complete 12 weeks of student teaching experiences in an elementary public school and in a secondary public school.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.