Dr. Robin Vande Zande Receives Two Prominent Education Awards

Dr. Robin Vande Zande, Professor in Art Education at Kent State University (pictured left), has been awarded two high honors for her outstanding accomplishments in higher education.  She was one of three recipients for the Kent State Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award, which she accepted along with Zhiqiang Wang (Chemistry, Geauga Campus) and Gary Koski (Biological Sciences, Kent Campus).  Dr. Vande Zande was also awarded the Higher Education Division Award from the Ohio Art Education Association at their 2017 conference. 

Dr. Robin Vande Zande receiving the Distinguished Teaching Award 2017Dr. Vande Zande is a prolific and active leader in the field and she has become synonymous with Design Education in Art Education, making visible the overlaps between them, what distinguishes the two, and why it is so important that a 21st century comprehensive art education for learners of all ages includes design education. She co-founded a non-profit organization called DESIGN-ED in 2012 and recently published a book called “Design Education: Creating Thinkers to Improve the World.” 

Dr. Linda Hoeptner-Poling, who nominated Dr. Vande Zande for the OAEA award writes, “Since the beginning of her time at KSU in the early 2000s, Robin has worked tirelessly to integrate design education into our program, despite significant challenges brought on by misconceptions and resistance to change. Stakeholders have finally acknowledged the importance of the initiative focusing on integration and collaboration between disciplines, particularly in light of STEM and STEAM national efforts.”