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William Charland

Associate Professor of Art
Art Education, Area Coordinator

Ph.D. and M.A. in Art Education, University of California, Berkeley

M.F.A. in Printmaking, University of Michigan


K1312 South Kohrman Hall
(269) 387-2450

Dr. William Charland received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Michigan. He has held faculty and administrative positions at universities in Colorado, New Mexico, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and served as coordinator of art education programs at Grand Valley State University and Michigan State University prior to coming to Western Michigan University. Charland has served the Michigan Department of Education on numerous committees, contributing to the Standards for Art Teacher Preparation Programs, the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification, and the Michigan Merit Curriculum/Visual and Performing Arts High School Graduation Requirements. Dr. Charland is the founding director of the WMU/MAEA Summer Professional Development Institute, and regularly conducts professional development workshops for K-12 art educators across the state. Among his honors, Charland was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Artists Fellowship, has received more than $100,000 in grants from Federal, State, and non-profit agencies for his work in service learning, and was recently named Michigan Higher Education Art Educator of the Year. He has exhibited in Germany, Australia, Italy, and the U.S. His scholarly research, which focuses on diversity, faculty development, and innovative methods of content delivery, has been published in Studies in Art Education, Arts Education Policy Review, the International Journal of Arts and Education, and Teachers College Record, among other journals.