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Cathy Smilan is an Associate Professor of Art Education, Master of Art Education Graduate Program Director and Assistant Director of the Office of Faculty Development at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Research interests include studio and visual culture-based research, art integration, museum/community partnership, arts-based literacy, professional development, program evaluation, and creativity development and assessment. She has presented and published extensively on these topics.

Dr. Smilan is a current member of the NAEA Professional Materials Committee, past member of the Art Education review board and currently serves on the review board of the International Journal of Education through Art.  She recently co-edited the anthology Inquiry in Action: Paradigms, Methodologies and Perspectives in Art Education Research which includes her sole and co-authored chapters on research methodologies and partnership program evaluation as transformative research. Currently, she is completing a text on Art-based Research entitled: Transforming practice through studio inquiry.