Karen Keifer-Boyd, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art
School of Art
Texas Tech University
Box 42081
Lubbock, TX 79409-2081
(806)742-3010 (phone), ext. 256
(806)742-1971 (fax)
K.Keifer-Boyd@ttu.edu (email)

I received a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute, and a M.S. in Cultural Services and Ph.D. in Art Education from the University of Oregon.

At Texas Tech University, I teach in the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Fine Arts, in the Master's of Art Education program, and in the B.F.A. in Visual Studies program which leads to Art Teacher Certification. I also teach interactive aesthetics and issues of identity in a Web design course for Masters of Fine Arts students in the TTU School of Art and I teach feminist research methodologies and other courses in TTU's Interdisciplinary Studies Master's Degree program with an emphasis in Women's Studies. Courses include critical pedagogy, technology and the visual arts, art curriculum development, women and their art, research methods, and approaches to art criticism. In my teaching I have been most influenced by Paulo Freire's problem-posing or midwife model of teaching. The midwife model of teaching values the experiences, insights, and knowledge of students. It asks that students both draw upon and question their knowledge. Students in my courses are expected to inquire into beliefs that challenge their assumptions and to give birth to newly formed syntheses.

My research involves critical inquiry using information technologies and on the effects of context in interpreting images. I have over a decade of experience as an arts program director and received the Arts Administrator of the Year National Art Education Award for the Pacific Region in 1994. I recently co-edited Real-World Readings in Art Education: Things Your Professors Never Told You (2000, Falmer), an anthology of art teaching experiences that protest, break, ignore, or rewrite the rules that trap art at the curricular periphery. Publications on politics of display, virtual museums, and uses of technology for multivocal art interpretations led to invitations to serve as visual arts and technology consultant to the Hong Kong Institute of Education (1998) and to Northern Illinois University (1998). I have served as editor of the Journal for Social Theory in Art Education, volumes 15/16 (1996) and 17 (1997).

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