NAEA Research Commission Roster

Meet the Commissioners

The Research Commission is led by the Chair, Associate Chair, and Past Chair. Of the 11 additional Commissioners, 7 represent each of the NAEA membership Divisions (Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary, Higher Education, Supervision/Administration, Museum Education, Preservice), 3 are At-Large Commissioners, and 1 Ex-Officio Commissioner represents the National Art Education Foundation. Each Commissioner serves for an initial two-year term and may serve for a second two-year term.

Calls for open positions on the Research Commission are distributed to all NAEA members. Nominees should be passionate advocates for the research needs of NAEA members, and divisional nominees should represent the interests and needs of members within the division to be served (they should either be a member of the division of interest or have significant research experience in the division’s focus). The qualifications and duties of all Research Commissioners are as follows:

  • Have research experience as demonstrated through publications, service on research bodies, and participation in research initiatives;
  • Have demonstrated successful organization, administrative, and leadership capacities;
  • Have demonstrated successful leadership within NAEA or at a comparable organization or institution at the state and national levels; and
  • Act as a public representative of the research community within the art education field.
  • Sara Wilson McKay

    Chair (2020-2022)

    Chair & Associate Professor Department of Art Education Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Amy Pfeiler-Wunder

    Associate Chair (2020-2022)

    Associate Professor and Graduate Co-Coordinator, Art Education and Crafts Department, Kutztown University

  • Juan Carlos Castro, PhD

    Past Chair (2020-2022)

    Associate Professor, Undergraduate Programs Advisor, Department of Art Education, Faculty of Fine Arts

    Concordia University, Quebec, Canada

  • Tina M. Atkinson

    Commissioner - Elementary (2021-2023)

    Art Educator, Percy Priest Elementary School, MNPS, Nashville, TN

  • Jennifer Bockerman

    Commissioner - Middle Level (2021–2023)

    6-8 Visual Art & Advanced Conceptual Design Teacher, Moore Middle School, Lincoln, NE

  • Phaedra Michelle Byrd

    Commissioner - Secondary (2020-2022)

    Art Department Chairperson, Potomac High School; Adjunct Professor of Photography, Bowie State University

  • Lisa Hochtritt

    Commissioner - Higher Education (2020-2022)

    Director and Faculty, Master of Arts in Teaching

  • Elizabeth Stuart Whitehead

    Commissioner - Supervision/Administration (2019-2021; 2021-2023)

    Instructional Supervisor, Visual Art, Prince George’s County Public Schools

  • Dana Carlisle Kletchka

    Commissioner - Museum (2019-2021; 2021-2023)

    Assistant Professor of Art Education, Ohio State University

  • Mark A. Graham

    Commissioner - Preservice (2018-2020; 2020-2022)

    Professor, Art Department, Brigham Young University College of Fine Arts and Communications

  • James Rees

    At-Large Commissioner (2020-2022)


  • Kristi Oliver

    At-Large Commissioner (2018-2020; 2020-2022)

    Professional Development Manager, Davis Publications

  • Daniel T Barney, PhD

    At-Large Commissioner (2018-2020; 2020-2022)

    Associate Professor of Art Education, Department of Art, College of Fine Arts and Communications, Brigham Young University

  • Kathryn Hillyer

    Ex-Officio, Representing the National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) (2018-2020; 2020-2022)

    Art Educator Emerita, Instructional Assistant Professor, Illinois State University

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