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Art Education Coordinator, Professor of Art and Art Education

Dr. William Wightman
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Ph.D. Art Education, The Ohio State University
M.F.A. Fine Art/Painting, Radford University
B.A. Fine Art, Virginia Wesleyan College


Professor Wightman’s teaching and research emphasize the areas of preservice practicum design and evaluation, intergenerational arts learning, video assessment methods, and qualitative research methods. Additional expertise includes the theoretical and pedagogical applications of visual culture, contemporary art history, and aesthetics.


Professor Wightman has taught art education courses at the university level for fiftteen years. He has held additional teaching positions at Adams State College, Morehead State University, and Northern Kentucky University.


Member of National Art Education Association 
Member of Virginia Art Education Association
Member of the Caucus for Social Theory in Art Education


Distinguished Service Award for the College of Visual and Performing Arts
Virginia Higher Education Educator of the Year 
Nominated as Colorado Volunteer Teacher of the Year


Professor Wightman published a chapter entitled “Making the familiar ‘unfamiliar:’ Kmart, consumer aesthetics, and art education,” in P. Duncum, (Ed.), Visual Culture in the Art Class: Case Studies. He presented the content of this chapter as an invited guest presenter for the International Visual Culture conference at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2005. In addition to co-authoring an NAEA advisory addressing the practice of visual culture, as co-editor for The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, he produced editorial statements for those authors featured in volumes 25 and 26 of the journal.


University Service:

Professor Wightman has recently taken the position as the Interim Director for the School of Art and Art History. He has chaired and/or served on numerous departmental and college-wide committees, including the Personnel Action Committee, SAAH Assessment Committee, College of Visual and Performing Arts Faculty Advisory Committee, and the College of Education’s Assessment Committee. In addition, he redesigned and implemented the art education component for the 2005, 2006 and 2007 JMU Content Teaching Academy offered to Virginia art teachers for graduate credit.

Public Service:

From 2007-2009, Professor Wightman served as the Higher Education Representative for the Virginia Art Education Association. He is currently serving as the Southeastern Higher Education Representative for the National Art Education Association. He has been actively involved as a rater for International Baccalaureate studio programs, has conducted sessions on portfolio development for high school art students, has served as a curriculum consultant for local schools, as well as provided various in-service presentations for practicing teachers. In addition, professor Wightman has continued the highly anticipated “JMU Workshop Day” -- an opportunity for local secondary level students to explore their artistic ideas as guided by art education students and select university faculty members.