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Ohio Northern Art Education Graduate Wins Outstanding Dissertation Award

January—Dr. Karen Danielson, now an assistant professor of visual arts at Community College of Denver (CCD), has been awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award from Indiana University School of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Karen earned her PhD from Indiana University School of Education in 2010.

Danielson’s dissertation, “Artful Inquiry: An Historical Investigation of the Arts Influence in Empirical Research,” examines the academic integrity of art in empirical research.

A faculty member at CCD since 2010, Danielson started as adjunct faculty and was then hired in fall 2011 to a one-year, full-time position to teach art history. Danielson earned her MA from University of Denver and her BFA degree in studio arts/art education from Ohio Northern University in 1999.

Danielson also taught for seven years at Indiana University while attaining her PhD.

The art education major at Ohio Northern 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.

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 with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. 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, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions 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 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Karen Danielson