Julia L. Hovanec has taught art for more than 34 years, beginning as an elementary and middle school art teacher in The School District of the City of York. In 2011, she earned her doctorate at Capella University with research focused on pre-service art educators, professional identity construction and reflective practice. At KU, Dr. Hovanec inspires undergraduate and graduate art education students and general education students alike. One of her major roles is supervising student teachers and she served as department chair from 2017 to 2020. Dr. Hovanec has presented on a range of topics at local, regional, state, and national conferences and facilitated many professional development workshops and seminars. In those presentations, she shares her research on interdisciplinary teaching and learning, literacy, visual literacy, picture books and reflective practice. Recently, she was honored as the 2019 Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator Award recipient from The Pennsylvania Art Education Association.