Juliann Dorff Inducted as OAEA Distinguished Fellow
Senior Lecturer in Art Education, Juliann Dorff, was inducted into the Ohio Art Education Association’s (OAEA) group of Distinguished Fellows for 2017. The OAEA Distinguished Fellow is a prestigious position bestowed upon members of the Association. These OAEA members have made long term, marked contributions to the Association and to the advancement of art education at the regional, divisional, local, state and national levels. Being named a Distinguished Fellow is viewed as a way to additionally honor art educators for exceptional professional service. A Distinguished Fellow is a lifetime achievement award, nominated by and vetted by a long list of others of the same honored position.
Ms. Dorff has been a Lecturer at Kent State University’s School of Art since 1999. She is a contributing author in the National Art Education Association text Understanding Students with Autism Through Art, published in 2010. Ms. Dorff’s current research area is teaching art to students with special needs, in particular, students with autism.
“As a teacher of future educators, my teaching philosophy is based on my goal to be a model of exceptional teaching for my students. Keynotes of this include solid planning and preparations, being open and available for students, having clear and focused expectations and consistent assessment, providing active and involved instruction and a commitment to personal reflection,” said Ms. Dorff.
In addition to many other accomplishments, Ms. Dorff was awarded the Higher Education Division award in 2015 and the Northeast Ohio Art Teacher award in 2014. She is serving on the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Executive Board as a Representative Delegate from 2016 – 2018, the President Elect of the CEC Division of Visual and Performing Arts (DARTS) for 2017 and the President of the Special Needs Art Education Issues Group for the National Art Education Association (NAEA) from 2015 – 2017.