April Munson, Assistant Professor of Art Education

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As one might expect, April Munson, assistant professor of art education, is an enthusiastic supporter of the visual arts. She is a champion for her students, many of whom hope to become art educators like her one day.

She is passionate about helping these new student-teachers achieve success. “Learning is a value-laden, deeply contextualized process,” she explains. “Each new thought, idea and experience needs to be bridged to what exists in the individual learner.”

Munson strives to instill a key part of her teaching philosophy, which is to be responsive to the individual needs of the students “and the personality of the class. All of our life experiences affect who we are, so I tell them to take all of that with them into the classroom.”

Munson, who also serves as distance learning coordinator for the College of the Arts, visited Spain’s University of Valladolid (UVa) to study computer-supported collaborative learning. Lessons learned there were later shared in a campus workshop for KSU faculty who teach undergraduate and graduate courses. She will return to UVa in June to offer two conference presentations.

A Kentucky Wildcat to her core, she obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky. Munson received her doctorate from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She joined the School of Art and Design in 2009.

-- Robert S. Godlewski

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