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National Leadership Task Force

National Task Force to Provide Recommendations Regarding the Creation of a
National Leadership Development Program

Historical Background:
In 1987, during a summer planning meeting of the Board, the Board and elects focused on the need to identify and support rising leaders in state art education associations and to identify  opportunities beyond the convention to ‘get the work done.’ The idea to create an ‘NAEA Leader Academy’ was born and the Leader Academy was established during the summer of 1988 when the first pilot Academy was held in Davenport, Iowa (western region). The Academy was the forerunner to summer regional conferences.

The following purposes were identified as a means for advancing NAEA’s mission and aligned with the Constitution:

1.    Organizational machinery – focus on the key role that state associations play in generating action and improving art education at the local/state level;
2.    Leadership development – develop, motivate, recognize and nurture rising leaders and state association officers
3.    Organizational development – focus on learning and practicing leadership and organizational skills that result in stronger and more effective state associations that ensures member growth

Content was identified and focused on leader behavior, communication, organization, planning, and policy. Criteria for faculty trainers included past experience as a state association President; training and experience in one or more of the Academy content areas; experience as classroom art teacher; and each must possess distinct and different personal leadership styles. The following NAEA leaders were identified to serve as faculty trainers: Mark Hansen, Barbara Laws, Kimm Stastny, and Sarah Tambucci. The trainers developed a ‘Leadership Guide’ used for training. Each Academy was limited to approximately forty participants with representation from each state in the region. Each team was required to go back to their own boards and conduct training workshops with rising leaders based on the knowledge and skills outlined in the Academy.

Based upon the success of the pilot, the Academy was held three more years:

1989:     Portland, Oregon (Pacific Region)
1990:    Philadelphia, PA (Eastern Region)
1991:    Rock Hill, SC (Southeastern Region at Winthrop College)

A number of recent NAEA Presidents participated in one of these four Academies, including our current President, Dennis Inhulsen. Others include, MacArthur Goodwin, Susan Gabbard, Bonnie Rushlow and Barry Shauck.  The Academy design lacked sustainability, primarily because there was little organizational support and commitment over the long term; the Leader Academy was discontinued after the last Academy was held in 1991 completing implementation in each region. 

The outgrowth of the NAEA Leader Academy resulted in Western Region continuing to hold a focused day or two of leadership training as part of the Regional Conference; summer regional conferences continued to be held in all regions under the direction of the Regional VPs with a focus on leadership and professional learning to support state associations. In 2006-2007, the NAEA Board embarked on its first strategic planning process and identified leadership as an area to support members. In support of the leadership goal and related planning and strategy development, the Western region piloted a National Summer Leadership Institute in Kansas City, MO, June 21-22, 2007 “for the purpose of developing state and national leaders in art education.” The strategy included the development of a comprehensive evaluation report to inform future planning; the report, 2007 NAEA Leadership Institute Pilot Report, was developed by Dr. Robert Sabol. Ninety representatives from 22 states participated and included representation from each of the four regions (western: 55%; southeastern: 18%; eastern: 14%; and pacific: 9%). Representation by Division included elementary: 39%; secondary: 24%; higher ed: 15%; and museum: 0%. Less than half (42%) of the participants had served in delegates Assembly.    

Based on findings in the 2007 report and history, as evidenced by outcomes of the 1988 – 1991 Academies, there is both an interest and somewhat urgent need to develop art educators as leaders who can effectively serve their communities, schools, districts, state and national professional organizations, advancing the field of visual arts education and the profession of art educator. NAEA has made progress in recent years by studying the recommendations from the 2007 report while supporting state association leaders through a leadership thread offered during the annual convention and providing resources to support leaders. Under the 2011 – 2014 Strategic Plan, NAEA is positioned to invest human and financial resources that will result in a robust national leadership development program for its members. A soft pilot will be held July 25 – 27, 2014, in Santa Fe, NM; subsequently, it is expected that the core competencies to support program goals will be developed over the next two-three years.

In an effort to secure preliminary thoughts, the Board engaged in a strategic conversation during the July 2013 meeting; consistent with NAEA’s commitment to being a ‘learning organization,’ President Inhulsen has appointed a Task Force, to be Chaired by President-elect, Pat Franklin, and charged with the following tasks:

To (1) review NAEA’s past leadership development efforts (2) identify current leadership development models and (3) make recommendations to the NAEA Board of Directors to include program goals, core competencies and implementation models. 

The work of the Task Force will be conducted October 2013 – February 2014. The full report and recommendations will be presented to the Board during the March 2014 meeting.

Designing a robust leadership development program for art educators will advance NAEA’s mission in significant ways. Undertaking such an initiative will encompass several phases of development over two – three years while piloting, evaluating and refining the work as it moves forward. During this first phase, consultant Elizabeth Guman ( will provide expertise, management and oversight to the Task Force. This work will also span the current strategic plan, the next strategic planning process and resulting in the 2015 – 2018 strategic plan.  

National Leadership Task Force

Patricia Franklin

15 Barbour Court
Newport News, VA 23606

Josh Drews
127 Village Walk
Columbia, SC 29209

Ben Garcia         
Head of Interpretation and Operations
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
103 Kroeber Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720

Middle Level/Southeastern
Larry Gibson
2932 Panarama Tr
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

Barbara Laws 
263 Sir Oliver Road
Norfolk, VA  23505

Higher Education/Eastern
Amy Pfeiler-Wunder   
460 Luella Drive
Kutztown, PA 19530

Lorinda Rice
5905 O St.
Lincoln, NE 68510