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Cathy Smilan earned her Doctoarate in Curriculum and Instruction in Art Education from Florida Atlantic University in 2004. She has taught Visual Arts in grades K-12 and was employed as an instructor at FAU for three years before joining the Faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth this fall. Her research interests include authentic visual arts integration, museum partnerships in education, and the role of art educators as leaders in the move toward developing a creative citizenry. Her creative inquiry in ceramics has most recently explored the vessel and intricate knitting and weaving motifs. Earlier this year, one of Cathy's mixed-media paintings was published as an album cover. In addition to scholarly and creative inquiry, Dr. Smilan consults in the areas of curriclum in art education and evaluation of art education programs and museum partnership.

Recent creative and scholarly publications include:

Brown, S. and Smilan, C. (2007). Integrating art and music in the includsive classroom. In S. Darling & M. LaRoque (Eds.), Integrating curriculum within the inclusive K-3 classroom. Boston: Allyn-Bacon.

Smilan, C. and Keppel, P. (2007). Report of the MIENC Conference "anthem for change: Music in education reform". The NEC Journal for Learning Through Music. Boston: NEC

Smilan, C. (2007). Jade Teapot (hand-built ceramic). Mad Hatter's teaparty exhibit. Armory Arts Center. West Palm Beach, Florida. March, 2007.

Smilan, C. (1994). Manufactured Distraction (mixed media on canvas). Cover Art for The Peter Van Huffel Quintet - Silvester Battlefield (2007).