Dr. Elizabeth Delacruz is Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Florida online Masters in Art Education program. She is Professor Emerita and former Chair of Art Education at the University of Illinois, where she also served as Education Consultant to the Krannert Art Museum and Editor of Visual Arts Research journal. While at the University of Illinois Elizabeth was a Vice Chancellor's Teaching Scholar, a Research Fellow with the Center for Democracy in a Multiracial Society, recipient of the U of I College of Fine and Applied Arts Teaching Excellence Award, and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts "Challenge America" grant.
Prior to coming to the University of Illinois, Elizabeth taught art K-12, English, and graphic design in both Illinois and Florida. Her many years of public school teaching gave her the unique opportunity to work in both urban and rural schools, and with artistically gifted students, students with special needs, and students with varied racial, ethnic, religious, and income backgrounds. Over the past 30 years, she has served as Chair of the Visual Arts Program at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts, reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, consultant to the Center for Basic Education in Washington DC, consultant to the Getty Center on Education in the Arts, faculty member of the Florida Summer Teachers' Institute for Art Education, Higher Education Division Director for the Illinois Art Education Association, and President of the NAEA Women's Caucus. Elizabeth continues to maintain close contacts with art teachers, community artists, art museum educators, and arts organizations.
Elizabeth's research and teaching are informed by her long standing interest in ways art education makes a difference in the lives of children and families, and how communities may be enriched and challenged through arts-based educational initiatives aimed in furtherance of imaginative, creative personal expression, intercultural friendship, social justice, and world peace and prosperity. She is particularly interested in the role of new digital media in furthering these goals. Elizabeth has given over 100 scholarly presentations and workshops before scholarly and professional audiences, and she has published over 50 articles and book chapters. Her 1997 NAEA book, Instructional Theory, Research, and Design in Art Education: Design for Inquiry, remains well respected in art education. In 2009 Elizabeth spearheaded the NAEA anthology Globalization, Art, and Education, now in its second printing and comprised of chapters from 49 internationally respected artists, educators, and scholars. She is recipient of 3 national awards for her contributions to art education: The United States Society for Education Through Art Edwin Ziegfeld Award, the National Art Education Association Higher Education Division Art Educator of the Year Award, and the NAEA Women's Caucus June King McFee Award.
For more information about Elizabeth's professional work, visit her website at http://elizabethdelacruz.com