Dr. Steve C. Willis


Art and Design

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Art and Design
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, Art Education, 1999, Florida State University


  • ART 360 Introduction to Art Education
  • ART 366 Elementary Art Education
  • ART 401 Teaching of Art
  • ART 460 Critical Issues in Art Education
  • ART 466-783 Art Education Practicum
  • ART 490-491 Art Education Student Teaching

Research and professional interests


  • Art education
  • Indigenous knowledge and tribal cultural construction in the arts
  • Issues of equity
  • Native American studies
  • Visual culture
  • Spirituality in art


  • Enrolled member, Cherokee of Western Missouri
  • Examiner, International Baccalaureate Art & Design, Programme Cardiff, Wales
  • Editorial board, Journal of Cultural Research for Art Education and the International Journal of Education through Art

Awards and honors


  • World Councilor for The International Society for Education through Art, 2014
  • President-elect, United States Society for Education through the Arts, 2011
  • Nominee for a Foundation award in the area of service, 2011
  • Nominee for Excellence in Advising, 2009
  • Missouri Higher Education Art Educator of the Year, 2006

Selected exhibitions

  • Associação de Professores de Expressão e Comunicação Visual (APECV), Oporto, Portugal.
  • Autonomous University of Madrid. Madrid, Spain
  • The United States Society for Education through Art international exhibition, New York City
  • "Art Educator as Artist: An Invitational," Hammonds Regional Arts Center, Hammonds, La.

Visiting scholar

  • “Primary components of Art Education,” The Art Education Program at the University of Minnesota, 2015

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