NAEA Chief Learning Officer Announces Retirement

NAEA Staff Announcement

Dennis Inhulsen

Please join the NAEA community in celebrating Dennis Inhulsen’s contributions to the education and advancement of students and educators as well as his contributions to the culture of the National Art Education Association as he prepares to retire from the position of NAEA Chief Learning Officer on June 30, 2023.

Dennis has held the inaugural role of NAEA Chief Learning Officer since 2014. During this time, he has reshaped NAEA’s professional learning opportunities for members by leading the launch of and directing the Virtual Art Educators Monthly Webinar Series as well as NAEA Need to Know Webcasts; designing and facilitating the NAEA School for Art Leaders (SAL) program since its inception (seeing more than 200 graduates grow as leaders); streamlining and improving the NAEA National Convention presentation proposal submission and selection process; and so much more.

An elementary principal and art educator for 35 years prior to his role as Chief Learning Officer, Dennis was also an active volunteer leader before becoming part of the NAEA staff, serving as the NAEA President, National Convention Coordinator, and the Visual Arts Writing Chair with the National Coalition of Core Art Standards (NCCAS). Additionally, he served on the state level as President of the Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA) along with many volunteer roles with MAEA.

“I have been privileged to teach art, to lead schools, to serve as the president of the Michigan and National Art Education Associations, and fulfill the role of NAEA Chief Learning Officer. I am forever grateful to the NAEA staff, our members, and the tens of thousands of students they serve every day.

It’s time to enjoy my family, nurture my artistic sensibilities, and appreciate every day. I’ll stay in touch, I’ll volunteer, I’ll ride my bike, and I might even teach, but I will continue to value daily my friends and colleagues that have carried me along the way. Thank you!”

—Dennis Inhulsen

See more information on the future of this role here.

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