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Dr. William Charland honored, Michigan Art Education Association Educator of the Year for Higher Education

Dr. William Charland is the Associate Director of the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University, where he also serves as Assistant Professor of Art and coordinator of the Art Education Program. He holds B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Michigan, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Education from the University of California, Berkeley.

Bill has served MAEA for many years as Higher Education Division Chair. He proposed, and now oversees, the State Conference Student Sponsorship Award, which helps preservice art educators defray the costs of conference attendance. He is the Director of the MAEA Summer Professional Development Institute, which brings a week of high quality workshops to our members every August. For the Michigan Department of Education, Bill has helped compose the standards for art teacher preparation programs, the most recent iteration of the MTTC test, and the VPAA high school guidelines. 

Dr. Charland is a certified teacher-trainer in the technique of Visual Thinking Strategies, and has conducted training sessions for many Michigan school districts. His art work has been featured in exhibitions in Michigan, California, New Mexico, Germany, Australia and Italy. Bill has presented numerous research papers at state and national conferences. His recent scholarly publications includeAfrican American Youth and the Artist's Identity (Studies in Art Education, 2009), Residential Learning Communities and the Professional Development of Art Educators (Art Education, 2008), and The Art Association/Higher Education Partnership: Implementing Residential Professional Development (Arts Education Policy Review, 2006)

The Michigan Art Education Association's mission is to promote quality visual arts education through leadership, service, and professional development.