Karen Cummings is an Assistant Professor of Art Education & the Coordinator of Art Education at the University of Missouri–Saint Louis. Her primary responsibilities include the teaching of art education courses and the supervision of pre-service art educators during their student teaching practicum. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Art and Art History and theDivision of Teaching and Learning at University of Missouri–St. Louis.
Cummings received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 2007. In 2009, she co-founded the First Five, a mentoring program for beginning art educators, in the St. Louis region with her colleague Dr. Louis Lankford. In 2010, Dr. Cummings expanded the program throughout Missouri. She currently facilitates the First Five in the St. Louis region and at the state level. In 2011, Dr. Cummings developed and currently directs UrbanARTsVOICE, a mentoring program for urban adolescents assigned to the Family Courts of St. Louis County. The program provides opportunities for adolescents to explore issues of identity through the visual arts and to express the perspective of contemporary teenagers.
Dr. Cummings' research on adolescent identity, teacher identity, and mentoring has been presented at numerous national and international conferences and appeared in several journal articles and book chapters. Her current research focuses on teacher motivation strategies utilized in urban secondary classrooms. In 2011, Dr. Cummings received the Missouri Art Education Association Higher Ed Art Educator of the Year Award and was awarded the 2012 National Art Education Association Western Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award.
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