NAEA Research Commission - Professional Learning through Research Working Group


The Professional Learning through Research Working Group (PLR) provides opportunities for continued professional growth in support of conducting, using, and sharing research that promotes teaching for learning in the visual arts. Through professional development that focuses on research, the PLR builds and cultivates professional growth communities committed to diverse research needs. Additionally, the PLR promotes the visibility and values of art education research through increased communication to stakeholders. The PLR develops knowledge about, skills in, and dispositions towards research as a means to advance visual arts teaching and learning, thereby facilitating an understanding of the ways to create and utilize art education research in multiple settings.

Membership in the PLR is by election, and collectively members represent all Divisions and Regions of the NAEA.

For more information, contact Stephanie Danker, Chair, at


The PLR recently assumed editorial responsibilities for Translations. Learn more about Translations here.


  • Tracey Hunter-Doniger


    Associate Professor, Department Chair, Teacher Education, College of Charleston

  • Darden Bradshaw

    Preservice Representative; Chair-Elect

    Associate Professor, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

  • Stephanie Danker

    Outgoing Chair

    Associate Professor, Miami University, Oxford, OH

  • Justin Sutters

    Liaison to the Research Commission

    Assistant Dean, Associate Professor, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

  • Courtney Casto

    Eastern Region Representative

    Masters in Art Education Candidate, University of Florida

  • Andrea Slusarski

    Pacific Region Representative

    Assistant Professor, Art Education, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

  • Allison Rowe

    Western Region Representative

    Assistant Professor, Art Education, University of Iowa

  • Borim Song

    Southeastern Region Representative

    Professor of Art Education, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

  • Jennifer Bergmark

    Elementary Representative

    Assistant Professor, Art Education University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  • Cappie Dobyns

    Middle Level Representative

    PhD Candidate, Drake University, Iowa

  • Caitlin Black

    Secondary Division Representative

    Lecturer, Art Education, Rhode Island School of Design & Rhode Island College, Providence, RI

  • Sean Justice

    Higher Education Representative

    Associate Professor, Texas State University, San Marcos

  • Carissa DiCindio

    Museum Education Representative

    Associate Professor, Art and Visual Culture Education University of Arizona

  • Jennifer Fox

    At-Large Representative

    Clinical Supervisor/Adjunct Instructor, Anderson University (SC)

  • Ketal Patel

    At-large Representative

    Director of Field Experiences & Licensure Program, The Ohio State University

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