We are seeking proposals for an Assessment in the Arts conference to be held July 20-22, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Developing an assessment program in creative disciplines is not a simple task. Discussion of quantifying, rating or ranking creative products is often viewed as stripping away the emotion, feeling and creativity of the work. However, on a daily basis, faculty members in creative disciplines must assess work, provide feedback, and delineate aspects that differentiate excellent work from good work from unacceptable work. Assessment coordinators at artistic institutions, or those working with artistic and creative disciplines, must walk this fine line between collecting solid and useful assessment data for these programs and removing the soul and essence of the work. This conference seeks to add to the body of knowledge of assessment; specifically, how creative academic programs can be appropriately assessed for accreditation, instructor feedback and the improvement of student learning.
We welcome paper, panel, workshop and other types of interactive arts assessment submissions that will review the assessment of student learning in a creative studies discipline, as well as discuss delineating assessment goals, collecting artifacts, unique aspects of the field, and factors involved in closing the assessment loop.
Stacie Rohrbach is an Associate Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. She teaches studio and seminar-based communication design courses at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Her research investigates the ways people perceive and process information and how their ability to learn may be improved by translating complex, abstract information into concrete, experiential forms. Rohrbach applies her research findings to the study of design pedagogy in professional and general education settings, with a focus on assessment, and has published several papers on the topic. Prior to her current academic appointment that began in 2003, Rohrbach worked professionally in both print and digital media, developing identity systems, corporate standards manuals, interactive websites and product packaging since 1997. Rohrbach earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University. Throughout the past four years, Rohrbach served as a member and vice-chair of the AIGA Design Educators Community steering committee. She is also a board member for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards.
Karol Gates, Content Specialist for the Arts for the Colorado Department of Education, grew up in Colorado Springs. Her love for the arts began when she received a scholarship for a Bachelor of Music Degree to attend the University of Northern Colorado with an emphasis in Opera Theater. She earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Creative Arts and Learning and became a trained administrator for the International Baccalaureate program. She was fortunate to perform for several Colorado performing arts venues and has had the privilege to teach grades 1, 2, 4, and 5. Her school administration experience began as a Curriculum and Gifted and Talented Coordinator and culminated as an Elementary Principal. The two passions, education administration and the arts flourished when she was asked to serve as the Assistant Principal for The da Vinci Academy which received the Kennedy Center Creative Ticket, National School of Distinction Award in 2006. Her most recent honors include state and national training and speaking engagements celebrating Colorado’s cutting-edge, creative future.
Olivia Gude is a Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was awarded the National Art Education Association’s 2009 Lowenfeld Award for significant contributions to the field of art education. Professor Gude is the Founding Director of the Spiral Workshop, a curriculum research project that provides art classes for urban teens. Her current research focuses on identifying new paradigms for structuring visual art curriculum, including the articles, “Postmodern Principles” and “Principles of Possibility.” Olivia Gude, a public artist who has created over 50 mural and mosaic projects, often in collaboration with inter-generational groups, has received many grants, commissions, and awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts grants. Olivia Gude frequently presents lectures and workshops on transforming art education and on community art practices at universities, school districts, and museums. Professor Gude has served as the keynote speaker for arts education conferences in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Utah as well as for the Manitoba Association for Art Education and Canadian Society for Education through Art conferences in Ontario and in British Columbia. In 2011, she presented a keynote address for the Korean Society for Education through Art.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please submit the following to Allison Ostrowski, Director of Institutional Research & Assessment at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (firstname.lastname@example.org), by February 1, 2012. All submissions will be peer reviewed for acceptance.
• 250 word abstract of the proposed content
• name(s), title(s) and affiliation(s) of presenters
• type of content (paper/panel/workshop/roundtable)
• any necessary technological support
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