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Assistant Professor of Art Education

Dr. Karin Tollefson-Hall
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Ph.D. The University of Iowa, Iowa City; M.A. The University of Iowa, Iowa City; B.A. The University of Iowa

Areas of Expertise:
Dr. Tollefson-Hall’s teaching and research interests focus on school improvement, educational philosophy, scholarship of teaching and learning, diverse pedagogies, and teaching practice. Her research has documented art instruction and educational philosophy at various alternative school settings including, homeschooling, Waldorf schools, parochial schools of several denominations and a transcendental meditation school. Other areas of specialization include qualitative research methods and book arts.

In 2012 Dr. Tollefson-Hall received the Virginia Art Education Association Higher Education Art Educator Award. She was a Madison Teaching Fellow from 2011-2013 and was selected to be the JMU Faculty Member in Residence in Salamanca, Spain in the fall of 2013 by the Office of International Programs. Dr. Tollefson-Hall supports the Center for Instructional Technology as a technology mentor, and the Center for Faculty Innovation as a qualitative research mentor and by assisting with various programs related to scholarship of teaching and learning

Previous Experience:
Dr. Tollefson-Hall taught junior and senior high school art and Spanish for five years in several rural and urban schools in the Midwest before completing her graduate degrees at the University of Iowa. At the University of Iowa she taught three different art education methods courses and supervised student teachers as a graduate assistant.

Professional Affiliations:
Member of the National Art Education Association

Member of the Virginia Art Education Association

Southeast College Arts Association

Dr. Tollefson-Hall is a contributor to the forthcoming text Practice theory: Seeing the power of teacher researchers. (Eds.). M. Buffington & S. Wilson McKay to be published by the National Art Education Association. Journal publications include; Enhancing Teacher Preparation Through Intergenerational-Based Service Learning in the Journal of Art for Life; Speaking from Experience; Advice to Junior Faculty for Navigating the Tenure Track in The Journal of Faculty Development; NAEA Advisories Getting Hired parts one and two, Results of a Survey of Elementary Art Instruction in the United States in Trends, and Digital Storytelling: Combining Art, Literacy and Technology in the Classroom. She has presented more than twenty juried sessions at state, regional and national level art education conferences.

University and Public Service:
Dr. Tollefson-Hall is the Art Education Graduate Program Director and faculty advisor for the Madison Student Chapter of the National Art Education Association. In 2012 she became Director of the JMU Summer Art Program, an on-campus art camp providing arts enrichment by certified art teachers for more than 200 children each summer. For the Art Education Center Dr. Tollefson-Hall directs the Peer Mentor Program and coordinates practicum experiences of secondary art education students at local retirement communities supporting life-long learning and outreach in the arts. Her interest in the Spanish language and international studies has led her to be a co-coordinator of Cultura y Comunidad, a JMU outreach program to connect local teachers working with high populations of Spanish-speaking students with JMU faculty and researchers in the field of Latino Studies. She also currently serves as a member of the CVPA Diversity Committee, the JMU Graduate Council, and is a graduate faculty member in the School of Art, Design and Art History.