Release date: October 17, 2007
Kennesaw State professor receives educator of the year award
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Sandra Bird (above) involves her art education students in hands-on learning projects in area schools.
KENNESAW, Ga.—Sandra Bird, an associate professor of art education at Kennesaw State University, recently won the Higher Education Art Educator of the Year award from the Georgia Art Education Association. The award was announced at the GAEA’s Fall Professional Learning Conference in Augusta, Ga. earlier this month. Bird lives in Kennesaw.
“I’m excited to receive this award,” says Bird. “It’s truly a reflection on the people that I work with. It’s always nice to be recognized for your hard work.” Bird has been a member of the National Art Education Association since 1996 and has participated in several NAEA and GAEA projects, including presenting 15 presentations at various conferences since 2000.
Bird has been a KSU member since 1999. She received her Ph. D. in art education from Florida State University and is particularly interested in non-Western art. Her latest project is working with Blackwell Elementary School in Marietta, Ga. to help students learn about China through interactive art activities. Bird is also active with several Islamic educational organizations, including the Islamic Speaker’s Bureau of Atlanta and the Istanbul Center for Culture and Dialogue.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest state university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new Doctorate of Education in Leadership.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.