B. Art Education Faculty

Claire Chien, Assistant Professor of Art Education

Education: Ph.D., Art and Visual Culture Education, University of Arizona; M.A., Art Studies, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan; B.A, Art Education, National Pingtung University of Education

Professional Experience: Dr. Claire (Ting Fang) Chien has ample experiences as a university instructor and museum educator. She has taught both art and non-art majors undergraduate students at the University of Arizona. She was an art teacher, education program designer, and K-12 school docent at Tucson Museum of Art. She worked as an interpretive tour-guide at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona. She also taught art for K-6 students in Taiwan for several years. As an active art educaClaire CHientor and researcher, she presented her research in many national as well as international conferences that are related to art and qualitative research, such as National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Convention, International Society for Education through Art (InSEA), and International Congress of Qualitative Research (ICQI).

Research and Artistry: Dr. Chien’s doctoral research is focused on integrating informal learning strategies, such as museum pedagogy of interpretive strategies, with transformative learning and arts-centered learning in university art classrooms. She is also dedicated to promoting transformative art education for learners through engaging them in rethinking their daily life experiences, exposing them to diverse type of arts, especially contemporary arts, and social justice issues. Two of her current publications can be found from the links below:

Chien, T. F. (2017). Enhancing young adult learning through interpretive skills training: A case study of student tour-guide interns at a university photography center. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 18(34). Retrieved from http://www.ijea.org/v18n34/

Chien, T. F. (2014). An old dog can play new tricks: Old methods can be new pedagogies. The International Journal of Arts Education, 12(2), 63-79. Retrieved from http://ed.arte.gov.tw/uploadfile/periodical/3439_3-1-1124.pdf

Dr. Chien also creates artworks and applies arts as critical and reflective approaches to her research. Her personal artworks, student artworks, and museum projects can be viewed from her personal website: http://qtinfun.wixsite.com/claire


Patrick Fahey, Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of Art Education

Education: Ph.D., Art Education, University of Iowa; M.A., Fiber and Textile Design,
University of Iowa; M.A., Art Education, University of Iowa; B.A., Art (Magna Cum
Laude), Viterbo University

Professional Experience: Dr. Patrick Fahey is Area Coordinator for Art Education in the Department of Art and Associate Curator of Education at the University Art Museum. He is past Co-Director of the School of the Arts and Chair of the Department of Art, serving earlier as Assistant Chair. Dr. Fahey has taught all levels of art, beginning his career as a K-12 art educator in Wisconsin. He later went on to teach art at the high school level before returning to school to pursue his graduate degrees.

Research and Artistry: As a practicing artist and researcher, Dr. Fahey has exhibited mixed media and encaustic art work in California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Washington, D.C., Arizona, Minnesota, Oregon, New Mexico, Maine, Missouri, Indiana, Virginia, Florida and New York in juried and invited group and solo exhibitions. His Fahey Head Shotresearch in pre-service art education, arts integration, and service-learning in art is published in such journals as School Arts, Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association, Visual Arts Research, Gifted Child Today, The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, and CAEA Collage. Dr. Fahey co chaired the Colorado Academic Visual Arts Standards Committee and served as facilitator of the Colorado Sample Curriculum Project with the Colorado Department of Education; co-authoring numerous units of study. Dr. Fahey has been on the editorial boards of Seminar for Research in Art Education Abstracts, serving two years as editor, and Visual Arts Research. He currently serves on the editorial board of Arts Education Policy Review. Dr. Fahey has given over 70 professional juried presentations at such conferences as the National Network for Education Renewal, National Art Education Association, Colorado Art Education Association, Center for Integrated Arts Education, International Society for Education through Art, International Conference on Service Learning Research, ArtSource Colorado, and the National Conference on Foundations in Art: Theory and Education.

Service: Having recently completed a term as Vice President (Pacific Region) and Executive Board member of the National Art Education Association, Dr. Fahey has a long record of service. He has served as President, Vice-President and Treasurer of the Colorado Art Education Association and on the Executive Board of NAEA’s Seminar for Research in Art Education. He regularly provides professional development to art educators in the state and across the nation. Dr. Fahey’s honors include: 2010-2011 Award for Distinction in Outreach, College of Liberal Arts, Colorado State University; NAEA 2009 Pacific Region Art Educator of the Year Award; 2008 Colorado Art Educator of the Year Award; 2004 Colorado Art Education Association Marion Quin Dix Art Leadership Award; 2001 Colorado Alliance for Arts Education Exemplary Model Award to It’s a G.A.S. (Garfield Art Squad/Garfield After School); 1999-2000 Instructional Innovation in Service Learning Award, Colorado State University; 1999 Colorado Higher Education Art Educator of the Year; 1999 Marilyn Zurmuehlen Award, NAEA Seminar for Research in Art Education; NAEA Seminar for Research in Art Education President’s Choice Award; and Outstanding Community Partnership Award, Colorado Alliance for Arts Education.


Samantha Gallegos, Student Teaching Coach


Education: B.A. Art – Fort Lewis College, Teacher Education Program – Fort Lewis
College. Additional 45 credit hours of MA coursework in art and art education.

Professional Experience: Department Head and Art Teacher Thompson Valley High School, Substitute Teacher Poudre School District, Volunteer Poudre School District.

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