Michelle Tillander

Michelle Tillander earned her Ph.D. in Art Education is from The Pennsylvania State University and she holds an MFA from Old Dominion University/Norfolk State University. She was awarded the Harlan E. and Suzanne Dudley Hoffa 2010 Dissertation Award from The Pennsylvania State University, the 2012 Higher Education Student Chapter Sponsor Award from the National Art Education Association as well research residencies at Jentel Foundation(2012) and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts(2011).

Prior to joining the University of Florida Art Education Department, Dr. Michelle Tillander, Assistant Professor, assisted with the implementation of Virginia’s first Governor’s School for the Arts, a regional program for artistically talented high school students, where she eventually  served as Chair of the Visual Arts Department where she wrote and received a Surdna Grant. Dr. Tillander PhD in Art Education is from The Pennsylvania State University and she holds an MFA from Old Dominion University/Norfolk State University. She was awarded the Harlan E. and Suzanne Dudley Hoffa 2010 Dissertation Award from The Pennsylvania State University, the 2012 Higher Education Student Chapter Sponsor Award from the National Art Education Association as well research residencies at Jentel Foundation(2012) and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts(2011).

Dr. Michelle Tillander’s scholarship includes research at the nexus of art, new media technology, culture; and pedagogy. Tillander’s initial research in digital media began in 2002, with a research project entitled A Cultural Interface Approach to New Media Art Education that examined digital media artworks (art and technology), culture (values, beliefs, and assumptions), and everyday experiences (lives of students and teachers). Pedagogy is evolving as sensory-rich media transforms the infrastructure of our connectivity, networking, and information and alters our consumption and production of knowledge. Tillander’s research activities engage art education, technology, and pedagogy socio-culturally as integrated processes to extent the theory and practice of art education and technology.

Recognition

  • Tillander, M. (2014). Chapter 37: A cultural interface: New media research in art education. In M. Buffington and S. Wilson McKay (Eds.). Practice Theory: Seeing the Power of Teachers Researchers (p. 272-279). Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.
  • Tillander, M. (2011). Digital visual culture: The paradox of the [In]visible. In B. Sweeny (Ed.).Digital Visual Culture: Interactions and Intersections in the 21st Century (p. 51-60). Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.
  • Tillander, M. (2013). Integrating Studio and Design Practice in Ubiquitous Learning Environments. Ubiquitous Learning: Sixth International Conference, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia Madrid, Spain, November 14-15, 2013.
  • Tillander, M. (2012).Cities on the edge of tomorrow: Metaphor for an on-line art education curriculum. Keynote presentation at The City and Aesthetics International Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, December 29, 2012.
  • Tillander, M. (2014). M. Coefficient of Reality: Stile Trace & Coefficient of Reality: Pergola Trace. Women's Caucus Fusion Exhibition, 2014 NAEA, San Diego, CA. Juried, Dianna Cohen, artist.
  • Tillander, M. (2009). Iterative Convergence (collaborative installation).  BIT, BYTE, DOT, SPOT:postdigital art, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL. 2009. Juried, Elaine D. Gustafson, Curator.