Dr. Carrie Nordlund is a Professor in the Department of Art Education. She earned a B.F.A. at the Kansas City Art Institute; K-12 visual art certification at Central Missouri State University; M.A. in Art Education from Central Missouri State University; and Ph.D. in Art Education from the University of Missouri–Columbia. Most recent, Dr. Nordlund has been studying Waldorf Education and served her field practicum at the River Valley Waldorf School, Upper Black Eddy, PA.
Dr. Nordlund previously taught K-12 in the public schools for 10 years and PreK-12 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO for 13 years. During such time, she earned a permanent teacher certification in the visual arts grades K-12. In her previous position as Independence Missouri Public Schools District Art Chair, Dr. Nordlund supervised curriculum and assessment development and implementation for PreK-12 arts programs. She has taught in higher education since 1996, and honored with an Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator Award from the Pennsylvania Art Education Association and the Eastern Region Higher Education Art Educator Award from the National Art Education Association.
Dr. Nordlund maintains an art exhibition record promoting an ethic of artist, researcher, and teacher. Dr. Nordlund’s current research interests include: reflective practice, Waldorf school ecology and curriculum, art in alternative settings, and feminist pedagogy. Some of her recent publications are "Stepping Back to Step Forward: Reflection in a Community of Practice" in Art Education: The Journal of National Art Education Association; “Letters to Colleagues: A Community of Practice for Navigating and Reshaping Identity” in Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art; “Give and Take, Reflect and Connect” in Pennsylvania Reads: The Journal of the Keystone State Reading Association; “Curating Connections: Unpacking Identities” in Art Education: The Journal of National Art Education Association; “Activist Art and Pedagogy: The Dinner Party Curriculum Project” in Activist Art in Social Justice Pedagogy: Engaging Students in Global Issues through the Arts; “An Invitation to Social Justice: Sixteen Principles for Teaching Art” in Art Education: The Journal of National Art Education Association; “Postcard Moments: Significant Moments in Teaching” in Visual Arts Research; “Teaching Art as Reflective Craft” in Translations from Theory to Practice.
Dr. Nordlund was honored with Kutztown University’s 2023 Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Award for Excellence in Teaching.