The National Art Education Association (NAEA) has named Jethro Gillespie, of Spanish Fork, as a 2019 Elliot Eisner Doctoral Research Award in Art Education Runner Up. This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the value of doctoral research to the profession of art education and its related disciplines, to advocate on behalf of such research, and to foster continued support of discipline. The award will be presented at the NAEA National Convention in Boston, MA, March 14-16, 2019.
Dr. Gillespie taught secondary art classes in Nebo School District for 12 years. He recently defended his dissertation and earned his PhD in Art Education from Concordia University last year. He also worked with Art21 Educators as a member as well as a mentor over the past several years. Jethro’s educational interests are found in contemporary art, curriculum design, complexity thinking, and trying to create unique creative experiences for his students.
NAEA President Kim Huyler Defibaugh states, “This award is being given to recognize excellence in professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator. Jethro Gillespie exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars, and advocates who give their best to their students and the profession.”
NAEA is the professional association for art educators. Members include elementary, secondary, middle level and high school art educators; university and college professors; education directors who oversee education in our nation’s fine art museums, administrators and supervisors who oversee art education in school districts, state departments of education, arts councils; and teaching artists throughout the United States and many foreign countries.
For more information about the association and its awards program visit the NAEA website at www.arteducators.org.